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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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Santa Clara County Parks PixInParks Challenge: Mt Madonna

In addition to official, widely-obsered national and state holidays there is a seemingly ever-growing list of unofficial “fun” holidays, one of which is Take a Walk in the Park Day, celebrated on March 30.  Since I regularly take walks or … Continue reading

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Annie Bidwell Trail in Upper Bidwell Park, Chico

Bidwell Park is a beautiful city park in Chico, in Butte County.  At 3670 acres it is one of the largest municipal parks in the country.  For my first visit I planned to hike the Annie Bidwell Trail, which is … 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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