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Length: 15.43 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: Halfday
Created by YerbaQuercus

I am learning about the wildlife and flora of California.

Park: 37.39668804 -121.80448582 park Alum Rock Park

Good for:
  • Bikes
  • Birding
  • Views
  • Chaparral
  • Forests and Woodlands
  • Grasslands
  • Riparian
  • Trail Hiking


I took public transit to Alum Rock Park. I had to walk 15 mins along Penitencia Creek in order to get into Alum Rock Park. 

The weather was perfect for hiking. I started walking along the creek bed. There I saw many California native plants like: California Buckeye, California Bay Laurel, sticky monkeyflower, miner's lettuce and Coast live oak. Non-native plants were present on the hike near the creek. The trees create a beautiful canopy in the canyon. Whenever there was a bench, I would take a break and stay in the moment with my surroundings. Then, I took notes of who I saw. 

As, I passed through the visitor center, I began to see Western sycamores along the creek. Next, I could smell the sulfur springs. Allow the way I saw steller jays. I decided to turn back and take the North Rim Trail. The afternoon sun was in full swing. Thankfully, I brought a one liter bottle with me. I took pictures on the trails. The hillside was full of chaparral plants. The trail had hills. There was less shade on the trail. Along the way, I saw a small patch of Blue-eyed grass. 


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