Date: May 16, 2020
Place: Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, California
Coordinates: 37.808003, -122.177855
Length: 3.4 miles
Eager to get outdoors and to see friends we decided to get together (keeping a proper distance, of course) for a hike. For our destination I chose Joaquin Miler Park in Oakland, a park I had never hiked before and thought it was a good chance to check it out.
|Our hike as captured by my GPS|
|Bugle Hedgenettle, Stachys ajugoides|
Most of the trail is well shaded by a dense canopy of trees. At one place the trees parted and we got a nice view of San Francisco. This place is the only spot on the Bayview trail that actually had a view of the Bay.
|The only view point at the Bayview Trail|
|Groves of Coastal Redwood, Sequoia sempervirens|
|Rattlesnake Grass, Briza maxima, non-native, invasive|
|Common Cowparsnip, Heracleum maximum|
|Blackberry, Rubus sp.|
After a good, refreshing break we started our way down hill on the narrow Chaparral Trail.
|View west from the Chaparral Trail|
|Sticky Monkeyflower, Diplacus aurantiacus|
As beautiful as the chaparral trail was, it was a relief to finally join the wide Sunset Trail again, where we had plenty of room to avoid both the hostile vegetation and unsafe proximity to other humans.
The Sunset Trail goes near a picnic area. The tables were taped off but on the lawn blankets were spread and people were having good time with their families and friends.
I noticed that Pappa Quail and the elder chika were missing. I walked back a short distance and found them staring through their cameras at a nearby tree. When they rejoined us a short time later they were very excited - they had seen a Wilson's warbler there, a lifer (first time sighting) for both of them.
|The Sunset Trail|
|Pale Swallowtail, Italian thistle|
|Checkerspot Butterfly on Italian thistle|
|Black Elderberry, Sambucus nigera|
|The Sunset Trail|