Santa Rosa Plateau – Spring Wildflowers

The Hike:  Hidden Valley Trailhead to the Adobes (via Coyote Trail, Trans Preserve Trail, and Ranch Road; returning on Ranch Road to Hidden Valley Road)
Vague Location:  Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
Distance: ≈4 miles
Additional Information:  There is a visitor center and additional maps located at the trailhead.  The cost is $3/per adult, $2/per child, and $1/per dog. (Although, dogs are not allowed on these particular trails.)  They stamped our hands at the trailhead to show that we paid.  I found that to be a little weird.

Meadow
The hike was mostly flat with a few gentle elevation changes through a meadow; which was labeled as a grassland restoration project.

Birds
Although I listed several trail names above, the trails and roads were easy to follow.  It was helpful to have well marked signs at the intersections that we passed.

There were several types of wildflowers in bloom:
Wild Hyacinth
We saw many fields full of wild hyacinth.

Checkerbloom
Checkerblooms were often found in the grass.

Johnny Jump Ups
While a few Johnny Jump Ups were growing in the shade.

California Poppies, Shooting Stars, Lupines and a few other wildflowers that I could not identify were seen along the way.  At the start of the hike I was told that I would have to look for the flowers; but it turned out that I didn’t have to look very hard.

This hike was taken on March 31, 2013.

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4 Responses to Santa Rosa Plateau – Spring Wildflowers

  1. Dot says:

    Wow…looks amazing. But agree, stamping hands does seem a bit weird.

  2. eric.rial says:

    Used to live on the hillside right below this Plateau and never hiked there. Going to have to check it out some day soon.

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