Old Springs Trail – April 2022

These are photos from a hike I took on April 29, 2022, along the Old Springs Trail that connects the Tennessee Valley trailhead with the western end of Gerbode Valley.

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The end of the Old Springs Trail.
The old dirt parking lot at the Tennessee Valley trailhead has recently been paved.
The Old Springs Trail begins just past these horse pens that are next to the Tennessee Valley trailhead.

This hike featured a large number of Silver Bush Lupine and lots of Cow Parsnip and Narrow Leaf Mule Ears, a bright yellow flower in the daisy family. As in Gerbode Valley, there are Poppies, Morning Glory, Indian Paintbrush, Checkerbloom, Blue-eyed Grass, Yarrow, and Wood Fern. In both Gerbode and Tennessee Valleys, most of the land is covered with Coyote Brush with some California Sagebrush and Monkeyflower mixed in. I also saw many of the same trees on both hikes such as Coast Live Oaks, Pacific Wax Myrtle, and Red Elderberry. The plants seen in Gerbode Valley and along the Old Springs Trail were identical except I only saw Blueblossom Ceanothus and Huckleberry in Gerbode Valley and Wood Rose along the Old Springs Trail. The only other plants missing from the Old Springs Trail hike were shade plants seen along the Rodeo Avenue Trail such as Creeping Snowberry, Beaked Hazelnut, Coffeeberry, and Sword Fern.

-Jim Richard, Director of Native Plant Restoration and Web Design



Trees and Shrubs

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