North of Jenner, CA along Highway 1 are several pullouts. In some places, there’s an overlook to the harbor seals sprawled on the beach near the mouth of the Russian River. (Sometimes, the mouth is closed.) In some places, there are closed access points to the State Parks. (Why? I don’t know, but makes me angry on so many levels. People use them anyway.)
And in some places, there’s only parking for a couple of cars. My favorite is a clifftop that provides a short walk and a gorgeous garden, with ocean view.
By the name of it, you know that Healdsburg Ridge is not a flat place. But the appeal can be strong for vista, the wildflowers and the scenes of walking and fishing. (In the shadows, some little boys are fishing in Fox Pond.)
Someone’s watching you at the entrance to the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. But it’s okay. Pay a visit to this charming museum. Mark your calendar for next April to see the wildflowers collected from all over the state. Collected samples are thanks to the California Native Plant Society. Continue reading →
Several years ago, we walked up a steep slope to a beautiful meadow. The wildflowers were outstanding, but I didn’t have the guts for a return trip.
The lovely people at LandPaths, City of Healdsburg, and Open Space District have put in perfect zigs and zags of switchbacks. Now I can visit more often. All the trails are much improved. When we visited, not all the signage was complete. So, wander hither and thither. Just watch out for the poison oak.
It took us 2 days to walk Roseland Creek, not because it’s that long (3 mi roundtrip), but a hot day in August needed a cooler day in September to complete.
Near a relatively recent (10 years in old people time) housing development, there is access to a trail along Roseland Creek. Starting on a paved path next to townhomes, we headed west. Planted redwoods and coast live oaks lined the path. We passed a playground area with picnic tables and then single- family homes.
This time the thwarting of a walk wasn’t due to lack of trail, but more because of an excess of chronic diseases and ill-working joints that struggle on a sharp climb.
But we choose to test ourselves from time to time and I had my poles. We’ve loved our hikes on Red Hill and thought we’d come up the ‘easier’ backside above Pomo Canyon. The park is on Willow Creek Rd off Hwy 1 at the Russian River.
We visited the coast a couple of weeks ago – to check on the wildflowers. The buttercups were out and a few other strays, like this mallow. Seeing the early bloom, we moved the coastal walk from May to April. Please join us April 21st above Wright’s Beach. More info below.
The trail south from Shell Beach had previously been covered with gravel. I slipped then, so this time I used my walking stick to stay upright on the dip to a creek crossing. There was a temporary bridge – guess the old one fell apart – and a new one was well on its way to completion.
Saturday, April 21st 10am to 12pm– Wright’s Beach – The warm winter may bring the wildflowers out early. The Sonoma Coast cliff-tops are a great place to view a variety of flowers. Join us on this over 2-mile walk. Path is dirt, grass, gravel and boardwalk. Relatively flat, with a few bridges at creek crossings and short steep downs and ups. Turn off Hwy 1 north of Bodega Bay at Wright’s Beach. Just to the right is a small parking area. If you’re heading downhill, you’ve missed the parking lot. There is handicapped parking and some wheelchair access for the beginning of the walk. Besides the wildflowers, the views to the mountains can be stunning.
Here’s some of the text and pictures from an earlier walk.
Flying into Palm Springs you see a vast Coachella Valley desert with patches of buildings lined by streets and patches of green golf courses and smaller patches of blue swimming pools. Once in town, houses and strip malls seem to stretch on and on. You almost forget about the desert. As a reminder the San Jacinto Mountains dominate the landscape to the West. And my hair straightened in the dry air.