August 13, 2014 by Jules Evens
This rather long and moderately strenuous hike ascends the west-facing slope of Inverness Ridge and traverse long sections its fir-forested ...
August 13, 2014 by Jules Evens
I was thinking about John Burroughs, “the Grand Old Man of Nature,” as I walked the trails that climb from ...
January 23, 2013 by Jules Evens
Hike along Limantour Beach with naturalist Jules Evens on the final leg in his yearlong journey to hike every trail at Point reyes National Seashore/
January 02, 2013 by Jules Evens
Discover diverse wildlife and great sunsets, even in winter, with naturalist Jules Evens at McClure's Beach, Point Reyes. This is his second-to-last post in a yearlong quest to hike and write about every trail at Point Reyes.
December 27, 2012 by Jules Evens
Tag along with Jules Evens to discover dozens of bird species, secluded ponds, and a rushing waterfall on the beach.
October 02, 2012 by Jules Evens
Few coastlines are as pacifying as the broad sandy beach at Limantour in Point Reyes. Come along on a 14 mile hike across the peninsula.
September 26, 2012 by Jules Evens
Take a walk with Jules Evens to see tule elk and the reef at the northern tip of Point Reyes, surrounded on three sides by ocean.
July 04, 2012 by Jules Evens
Last night, for the first time in their 132-year rivalry, the San Francisco Giants swept the L.A. Dodgers with a shutout. This morning my granddaughter, Kalia, took her first steps and the Supreme Court upheld "Obamacare." To celebrate, I decided to take a long "walkabout."
July 02, 2012 by Jules Evens
Point Reyes for millennia provided rich habitat to a diversity of plant and animal species. Its discovery and settlement by Europeans and then Americans altered the landscape, but not irretrievably. And thanks to some determined visionaries, the peninsula and its habitats were protected 50 years ago.
July 01, 2012 by Jules Evens
Dawn. Spring tide. Fog shrouds the estuary. A shore-cast tree trunk--contorted, branching skyward--rests in the shallows. On its twisted branches roost a half-dozen cormorants, some with wings outstretched or akimbo, others standing upright, necks coiled into graceful question marks. That congregation, silhouetted by the morning light, suspended on the rising tide between the pewter sky and the mercurial bay, conjures a prehistoric diorama, a world awaiting sunlight parables.
June 06, 2012 by Jules Evens
Stinging nettles and horsetail, plus lots of wildflowers, on the trail at Point Reyes.
June 02, 2012 by Jules Evens
Jules Evens continues his year-long trek on all the trails of Point Reyes. this time out, it's the Bayview Trail, short on views but long on wildlife and the interesting ecological processes of the bishop pine forest, much of which burned in the 1995 Vision Fire.
May 22, 2012 by Jules Evens
Jules Evens heads out on an eight-mile loop, timed with the nesting, and singing, of some of Point Reyes's least-common warblers. Follow along and see what else he finds!
April 17, 2012 by Jules Evens
Hiking along Drakes Estero, Jules Evens meditates on eelgrass, sea geese, and the footprint of humanity in a wild place.
April 12, 2012 by Jules Evens
On an overcast day after spring rains, Jules Evens encounters the expected--a banana slug in a lush Douglas fir forest--and the unexpected--a shrew-mole--on a 4-mile hike along Inverness Ridge as part of his Point Reyes Walkabout.
April 08, 2012 by Jules Evens
Jules Evens clocks another 5 miles of his 154-mile adventure through Point Reyes, this time with Douglas irises and other wildflowers coming into bloom. Another great hike you can take at Point Reyes!
April 04, 2012 by Jules Evens
Jules Evens continues his quest to hike every trail at Point Reyes National Seashore. Here, he traces a route where he once encountered a mountain lion. This time, the wildlife is a bit tamer, but no less beautiful: red-legged frogs, native bees, wildflowers, and a coyote howl to finish it off.
March 05, 2012 by Jules Evens
Hike along with Jules Evens on the Olema Trail at Point Reyes, where he encounters a few mixed flocks of songbirds, some early spring wildflowers, and more.
January 30, 2012 by Jules Evens
Now that the winter rains have finally found us here along the central California coast, my attention focuses on finding weather windows for walks in the wild. During a gentle shower, or a just after a stormy squall, the forests and fields are freshened and it's a fine time to take to the trail.
January 16, 2012 by Jules Evens
The Bear Valley trail, heading southwest from Park Headquarters to the coast, is one of the emblematic walks, and the most traveled trail, on the Point Reyes Peninsula. Jules covers about 10 miles and encounters a bobcat, an alligator lizard, early-blooming milkmaids, and very late-blooming Indian paintbrush.
January 04, 2012 by Jules Evens
This New Year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Point Reyes National Seashore, yet another brilliant example of "America's Best Idea." To acknowledge and honor this milestone, I have set a personal goal to walk all of the 154 miles of designated trails within the Seashore during 2012, one step at a time.
April 01, 2008 by Jules Evens
At the mouth of Tomales Bay, sand dunes and seasonal wetlands coexist uneasily with California's largest coastal campground. The dunes at Lawson's Landing, home to rare butterflies and plants like the dune tansy, are among the few left of a once-common coastal habitat that could be restored and maintained as a healthy, functioning ecosystem. But can that be accomplished without driving out the family-run camping operation at the dunes that, since 1957, has been an affordable summer getaway for thousands of visitors?
October 01, 2001 by Jules Evens
The return of endangered coho salmon to their ancestral spawning grounds in this west Marin watershed is an essential component of the connective tissue that holds a fragmented ecosystem together. Greeting the salmon tethers us to the landscape's seasonal rhythms and reawakens a lineage that goes back to the first inhabitants of this place.
July 01, 2001 by Jules Evens
Q: What’s the difference between bird songs and bird calls? [L.R., Santa Clara A: Bird song, usually produced by the ...