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Harvey Bear Ranch 3/10/07

Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch 3/20-21/09

Trail work Day on the Savannah Trail, 4/18/09

Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch 4/18/09

Mummy Mountain Trail Work Day/Trail Opening 4/24/10

Geocaching Class, Mummy Mountain Trail 5/15/10

Photography Class, Mummy Mountain Trail, 4/23/11

Willow Springs, Savannah, Rancho San Ysidro Trails, 12/22/11

Roop Pond and Rancho La Polka Trails 2/20/12

Photography Class, Mummy Mountain Trail, 4/7/12

Ed Willson Trail 11/10/12

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Calaveras Trail Wildflowers, Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch, April 9, 2013

Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch County Park is known for its wildflowers. The greatest concentration of wildflowers is along the Calaveras Trail, particularly in one area near the center of the trail. I hiked to this area from the north end of the trail, starting off the Harvey Bear Trail, which begins at the Coyote Lake Dam.
This is the start of the Harvey Bear Trail, near the Coyote Lake Dam. This part of the trail is lined with California buttercups.

Shelf fungi cover this dead log.

A patch of shooting stars grows by the side of the trail.

Cattle graze on the hillside near the start of the Calaveras Trail. The cattle help keep the non-native grasses in check, which helps the growth of native wildflowers.

The trail runs through below a hillside covered in buttercups.

There's a patch of poppies below the trail.

There are more poppies on the hill above the trail.

Lot of buttercups are on the hill below the trail.

Johnny jump-ups.

Babystars (linanthus bicolor).

These babystars cover the hillside, with several johnny jump-ups at the lower end.

View of Coyote Lake.

Blue-eyed grass.

The trail runs through this grove of trees and begins to enter the peak wildflower area.

The hillsides here are covered with wildflowers.

The hillside is carpeted with goldfields, poppies, and California plantain.

More poppies and plantain on this hillside.


More poppies.

This is the turn-around point, about 1.3 miles from the trailhead at the dam. There are patches of poppies on the hill below.

Looking back north along the trail.


The soil in the foreground is clay soil, promoting the growth of the green grass. Behind it, the wildflowers grow densely on serpentine soil, which is favorable to native wildflowers and not friendly to exotic grasses.

Goldfields and poppies.

Lots of goldfields and some poppies.

Goldfields and tidytips.

Goldfields, serrated onions, and California plantain.

The puffy flowers are creamsacs. The red flowers are redmaids.


Ithuriel's spears.

The park road can be seen below the trail. The hills in the background are outside the park.

For more information, see the links on the side. For copies of these and other pictures, contact Ron Horii (see links).

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