California has been pummeled by storms in recent months, but the benefit of that never-ending rain cloud is all the makings for a beautiful Bay Area spring. Rivers are gushing, wildflowers are blooming, mushrooms are sprouting and waterfalls are tumbling in places they haven’t been seen in years, We’ll talk to a panel of nature-lovers about what to look for and the best places to see the glories of spring.
- Guided wildflower hikes
- California Native Plant Society – East Bay
- California Native Plant Society – Santa Clara Valley
- California Native Plant Society – Marin
- Jepson Prairie Preserve in Solano County
- East Bay Regional Parks
- Check out the website of the park you plan to visit before you head out to make sure that the trails are open, if you need a reservation for parking, etc.
- Always bring plenty of water.
- Always bring hiking boots and maybe a change of shoes for afterwards.
- Stay on trail. Do not step into the meadows! Stepping into the meadows can cause tremendous damage to the million seed bank that lies there waiting for the right moment to germinate. It can also destroy bees, caterpillars, butterflies, and other insects that rely on these flowers to support our local ecology.
- Foraging: Learn the characteristics of the edible species of mushrooms and the characteristics of the poisonous lookalikes.
Bay Area hikes and waterfall sites:
- Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve
- Hite Cove
- Pinnacles National Park
- Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
- Sunol Regional Wilderness
- Mori Point
- Carson Falls
- Chimney Rock Trail
- Point Reyes
- Alamere Falls
- Muir Woods
- Carrizo Plain National Monument
- Merced River Canyon
- Hites Cove Trail
- Kortum Trail
- Uvas Canyon County Park
- Cascade Canyon Preserve
- San Bruno Mountain Park
- Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve
- Pulgas Ridge Preserve
- Alum Rock Park
- Almaden Quicksilver Park
- Morgan Hills
- Henry W. Coe State Park
- Mount Hamilton Hillsides
- Anderson Valley
- Del Puerto Canyon Road
Dog friendly Bay Area hikes and waterfall sites: