High Trestle Trail

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After a morning in the oak woodlands near Finley Lake, where Lasthenia californica (goldfields) and Viola douglasii (Douglas’ violet) were both blooming, I spent my lunchbreak on a detour down the High Trestle Trail.  Nearly a decade ago we backpacked all the way down to the North Fork of Antelope Creek.  Yesterday, however, there was just enough time to peel off the canyon rim a half a mile or so, where the trail descends through oak woodland and thick foothill chaparral to cross a small drainage that has cut through exposed Tuscan mudflow.  Not many annual species out.  Perhaps they’ve already come and gone, or perhaps many didn’t bother to make an appearance after the dry winter.  But Cercis occidentalis (western redbud), Clematis lasiantha (chaparral clematis), Marah fabacea (California man-root), and Calochortus monophyllus (yellow star-tulip) were all in bloom.  More flower pictures to come!

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