Entries in Hikes (2)


Wildflower Festival at Sunol Regional Wilderness

Little Yosemite

This weekend, I attend the Spring Wildflower Festival at Sunol Regional Wilderness. Activities included naturalist-led hikes, crafts, music, and nature activities. I was super excited for the ethnobotany hike, but unfortunately, I didn't make it to the site in time. There's always next year!

I posted several observations on iNaturalist that I came across on the Little Yosemite and McCorkle Trails. Special thanks to the East Bay Parks Regional District for the fun afternoon!

Here are three highlights from the day:

Castilleja exserta

Suborder Sauria

McCorkle Trail


Devil's Gultch Trail

This morning, I joined a valued friend and fellow California Naturalist to re-trace our steps on a trail that we explored with a knowledgeable botanist back in 2012. At the time, we were studying the ecology of riparian corridors:

riparian zone or riparian area is the interface between land and a river or stream. Riparian is also the proper nomenclature for one of the fifteen terrestrial biomes of the earth. Plant habitats and communities along the river margins and banks are called riparian vegetation, characterized by hydrophilic plants. -Wikipedia

The trailhead begins where meets Devil's Gultch Creek meets Lagunitas Creek in Samuel P. Taylor State Park. This area is of great concern to the California conservation community, as it provides vital habitat for at least three endangered species: coho salmon, steelhead trout, and California freshwater shrimp

Memoralable moment: we were fortunate to see two large fish spawning; first at the 'Salmon Crossing' bridge, and second, a 10-minute walk north on the trail along Devil's Gultch Creek. Unfortunately, we couldn't identify the species due to poor lighting conditions and murky waters, but it was wonderful to see two large salmonids in their native habitat. My inner grizzly bear wanted to scoop them up for lunch, but no! Not these important, endangered creatures. Instead, I enjoyed a delicious falafel and hummus wrap at Lagunitas Grocery & Deli after our hike. It was a beautiful day to get out of the city, enjoy some fresh air, and spend time with a valued friend.

During our hike, we noticed that the aftermath of recent storms has revealed remarkable changes to the landscape: fallen trees (many of which were huge!), washed out trails, evidence of landslides, and rivers of mud. In addition, the recent moisture created wonderful conditions for mushrooms!

I've selected several photos to share below, but please help me identify some of these species via iNaturalist!

Observations by 'badwound' on February 12, 2017.