View Full Version : Pt. Reyes: Abbotts Lagoon & Chimney Rock

Sandy S
04-08-2013, 11:03 PM
Yesterday hiked out to Abbott’s Lagoon. Along Abbott’s Lagoon trail many species are in bloom although only Manroot or Wild Cucumber and California Poppies were in large numbers.

The most flowery area was the headland south of the area by the bridge at the end of the trail. There are Goldfields, Buttercups and Pussy Ears (Calochortus tolmei) and many other flowers at the top including some small displays and views. The trail up is short but steep and slippery in places. Be careful as there is plenty of Poison Oak up there as well. (There is also Poison Oak along the sides of the Abbott’s Lagoon trail in places as well.)

Check out the sand dunes for more flowers as the sand is a different habitat with many other species in bloom.

After Abbott’s Lagoon we drove north to the Tule Elk area and not only saw elk but added Yellow Bush Lupine and Cow Parsnip to plant list. Also good patches of a small lupine just before the parking lot at the end of the road.

It was extremely windy during the night and most of today. This didn’t stop us from going to Chimney Rock, which is one of the windiest places on the West Coast and it kept its reputation. The wind basically took out flower photography and although there was less in bloom than previous years there were still many species to see. The best flower areas are out near the point and in field right next to the parking lot. Fortunately, Pussy Ears Calochortus tolemeii was fairly plentiful and doing well.

To see photos and plant lists go to: http://naturalhistorywanderings.com/2013/04/10/pt-reyes-wildflowers-birds-elephant-seals-april-7-8/