37.5779° N, 122.4757° W
San Pedro Valley, Pacifica, 94044
San Pedro Valley is San Mateo County park located in Pacifica, California. This park consists of beautiful hiking trails, lush valleys, waterfalls, and mount lions that suit perfect for anyone. It wasn’t difficult hike, the trails wasn’t too steep and the weather wasn’t too cold. You can see the beautiful view of pacific ocean at the top of the trail, forcing me to come back in the near future. The park contains variety of habitats including grassland, coastal shrubs, coast live oak trees, madrons, toyons, coffeeberry and many more.
Toxicoscordion fremontii also known as deathcamus is a monocot flower that is native California. The habit is bulb 20-35 mm. The stem is glabrous 40-90 cm. Leaves are green and linear shape. Their venation is parallel and also curved. they are about 20-50cm, 8-30 mm wide, curved, and scabrous ciliate. The inflorescence is green, panicle or raceme, 5-40cm. Flower is white and yellow, bisexual, radial symmetry perianth parts 5-15mm, widely ovate, obtuse, outer very short-clawed 2-3mm. Fruit is 10-35mm. The flowering time is February to June.
Pentagramma triangularis, also known as Gold Back Fern, is a native fern in California. This is interesting fern because the color of the opposite side is different. The petiole is brown to reddish brown with or without exudate. Blade is relatively thin 3-10cm, gen pale to dark green, upper surface generally without exudate. The leaves are 5 lobed and triangular. It is common in shaded slopes or rocky areas.
This native flower has bright green palmate simple leaves and large white and yellow flowers. The leaves are 5 lobed, coardse toothed and tip is acute. Inflorescence is panicle-like cyme, flowers are about 3-7. The flower has hairy sepals, petals 14-22mm, widely elliptic to obovate to round. The fruit is red raspberry-type. It is most common in moist semi-shaded areas, especially edges of woodland. The flowering time is around March to August.
We departed the parking lot around 1 pm and this time we didn’t have problem exiting the parking spot. The ride was relatively longer. It took about 40 minutes to get there but it didn’t feel like that long since we got to see beautiful pacific ocean next to the road. The weather was amazing, and I barely wear my jacket. Some trail was little muddy but overall it was clean and easy to hike. My favorite time in the trip was when we were up at the top. It was good to see some familiar plants we saw in the previous trip such as the giant madrone and toyon and coffeeberry. We could see the beautiful pacific ocean with villages and forests. We couldn’t see any mountain lions unfortunately, but next time.
Eriodictyon californium “Yerba Santa,” aka “black Santa” or “Dirty Santa”
Beautiful weather beautiful mountain
At the top of the trail. Amazing view!