Redwood Regional Park is easily one of my favorite places to hike. I love that it’s busy with people on the weekend and there’s plenty of parking. I love that it’s cool beneath the redwoods in summer but sunny along the ridge trails when the temperatures are cooler. And the views are just amazing! In late autumn and winter, there are ladybugs that migrate through the park by the millions. In springtime, there are the wildflowers. It’s been a while since I had done a long hike and I need to get in shape for summer hiking and my annual backpacking trip, so I went today to do one of the Trails Challenge hikes. The East Bay Regional parks organizes a Trails Challenge every year and it’s free. It’s a great way to get out and explore new parks and new trails. This was considered a moderate hike and took me about 2 1/2 hours.
Today was all about wildflowers. I saw California poppies, sticky monkey flowers, forget-me-nots, and lots and lots of flowers that I have yet to learn. I also saw rattlesnake grass, which is one of my favorite plants to see. And also tons of poison oak, which is green in springtime and hard for me to recognize when it doesn’t have that reddish color that it takes on in the autumn time.
My biggest surprise today – the llamas! I went looking for them on a previous hike in Castro Valley but didn’t find them there.
Start/end: Canyon Meadow Staging Area in Redwood Regional Park
Trails: Stream trail, East Ridge trail, Canyon trail
Approximate mileage: 6.2
Where do you go to see wildflowers in springtime?