Category Archives: wildflower hikes

Santa Clara County Parks PixInParks Challenge: Santa Teresa

A 2.6-mile loop hike at Santa Teresa County Park on the Stile Ranch, Mine, and Fortini Trails is well-known as a great spring wildflower hike.  And although I’ve hiked this loop, or part of it, several times, on this particular … Continue reading

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area – Tennessee Valley Trail

This hike could be characterized as short and sweet: short, at just over 4 miles round trip, and sweet, for the stunning views and beautiful wildflowers.  The Tennessee Valley Trail leads from a trailhead at the end of Tennessee Valley … Continue reading

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Calero County Park – wildflowers along Lisa Killough Trail

Very recently Santa Clara County Parks opened a new section in Calero County Park northwest of Calero Reservoir, referred to as the Rancho San Vicente section of the park.  There is a brand new trailhead with a large parking area … Continue reading

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Sonoma Valley Regional Park after 2017 Wildfires

In the weeks and months following a natural disaster such as an earthquake or a wildfire, it can be beneficial to the local community for visitors to return, as part of the more general return to normalcy.  In the aftermath … Continue reading

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North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve – Wildflowers

Recently I visited North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, located in Butte County several miles north of Oroville, for the first time.  The reserve has a well-deserved reputation for spectacular spring wildflowers, as well as beautiful seasonal waterfalls and unique geology. … Continue reading

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Sequoia Riverlands Trust – Lewis Hill Preserve

I recently had an opportunity to visit a preserve that’s open to the public just one day a year, hopefully observing a wildflower that is found in only a few specialized locations in California: the striped adobe lily.  The preserve … Continue reading

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Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP – in search of trilliums

A recent social media post prompted this visit to Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, one of my favorite preserves on the spine of the peninsula along Skyline Blvd (CA-35).  The 4700-acre preserve is part of the Midpeninsula Regional Open … Continue reading

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