Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hike #1 Trails Challenge ’09

Western Hound's Tongue (Cynoglossum grande) seen on French Trail.

Roberts Regional Recreation Area & Redwood Regional Park Loop

As I wrote a couple weeks ago the East Bay Regional Park District is hosting its annual Trails Challenge. Last Thursday I hiked my first official challenge trail of 2009. I chose a “summer” recommended hike as it was a nice warm sunny spring day and this route would be shaded by redwoods and oak woodland most of the way with just a smidge of chaparral and grassland. Being midweek I had the first half all to myself, but later in the afternoon I was joined by equestrians, mountain bikers, and dog walkers. Along the route, I was pleasantly greeted by plentiful wildflowers and a “serpentine prairie” right here in Oakland.

  • Date Completed: March 26, 2009
  • Location: CA, Oakland, Roberts Regional Recreation Area & Redwood Regional Park
  • Mileage: ~7.1 mi round trip
  • Elevation: +/-1700'; lo pt 822'; hi pt 1,535'
  • Trails Challenge Total Miles: 7

California tortoiseshell butterfly (Nymphalis californica). It briefly landed on Dunn Trail in the Serpentine Prairie Preserve part of Redwood Regional Park.


backlit fern

Backlit sword fern on Graham Trail in Roberts Regional Recreation Area.

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