Quantcast
 

A Press Democrat Blog

Trailhead

A blog about Bay Area hiking…. mostly

Fog and wildflowers and Pomo Canyon

It gets overlooked by Point Reyes, but a terrific coastal-view hike right here in our backyard is the trek up and down into Pomo Canyon. Having not been out there in a while, I took advantage of a brilliantly sunny and warm day to head to the beach. Park at the large (and free) parking lot at Shell Beach where there are facilities, ocean views and maps. And then walk across Highway 1 and head upward. It’s a steep climb… Read More »

Another local (wildflowers) hike

See below from the good folks who run the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen: ________________ Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration, and nature education, announced its Backyard Naturalist Program on Wildflowers will take place on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bouverie Preserve Biologist Jeanne Wirka will lead this class that explores the amazing world of angiosperms (flowering plants) at the preserve. Throughout the 535-acre preserve there are approximately… Read More »

Wildflowers at Pepperwood Preserve

More spring wildflower hiking news…. Information on the annual Wildflower Festival at the Pepperwood Preserve. Official details from the organizers: “Celebrate the beauty of Sonoma County’s native wildflowers and the majesty of the Mayacamas Mountains at Pepperwood’s 6th annual Wildflower Festival on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 9am – 4pm. The festival is free and families are welcome. This year’s Wildflower Festival will include an array of activities for the whole family including self-guided hikes, interpretive hikes led by naturalists… Read More »

Spring wildflower hikes around Sonoma County

  From the Sonoma County Regional Parks, it’s time for one of their spring traditions – wildflower hikes. I’ve been on a few of these over the years, and they are terrific. The details: Discover the spring beauty of your Regional Parks by joining our wildflower walks on Saturdays from March 22-May 3. These walks are free and led by volunteer Phil Dean, a Master Gardner who will identify native plants, discuss the drought’s impact on this year’s flower displays,… Read More »

Willow Creek to Pomo Canyon to Shell Beach

[imagebrowser id=82] After approximately 200 hikes in the past four years, I get very excited at the prospect of a new one, especially one right here in Sonoma County. Sometimes a new hike can be a combination of some well-known hikes stitched together a different way, or can include a new segment tacked on to an existing one. My setting last weekend was a point-to-point hike taking me from Willow Creek, located at Duncans Mills, all the way to the… Read More »

Wildflower Walks in Regional Parks Begin March 23

Passing this along from the Sonoma County Regional Parks: “Each spring, Regional Park volunteers lead a series of free wildflower walks in parks throughout Sonoma County. The first walk of 2013 is scheduled for March 23 at Sonoma Valley Regional Park in Glen Ellen, with additional hikes planned in other parks on the following four Saturdays. Master Gardener Phil Dean, who has led nature walks in the county for nearly a decade, will identify and talk about the various flowers… Read More »

Update: Saturday’s wildflower hike canceled

Wildflowers abound this time of year, and so do free, guided hikes by area groups that are aimed at identifying and exploring cool wildflowers. Below is information from the Sonoma County Regional Parks and from the Sonoma Land Trust, each of which is sponsoring a series of walks in the next few weeks. See all the details below.  UPDATE: This Saturday’s hike at Sonoma Valley Regional Park has been canceled due to the threat of rain. From the Sonoma County… Read More »

Wildflowers and water at Sears Point

If you were to start hiking on the north side of Sonoma Mountain in Santa Rosa and keep heading south, you would eventually hit San Pablo Bay. It would take awhile and you would have to go through a patchwork of public and private lands, but that’s an impressive greenway across a swatch of Sonoma County. It ends at a 2,300-plus-acre parcel of land now owned by the Sonoma Land Trust. That would be Sears Point, which you’ve passed if… Read More »