Rancho San Vicente County Park
|Overgrown meadow to become a trail
access parking lot on Old Almaden Road.
|Decades of winter storm debris, introduced
plant species choke Alamitos Creek bed.
|Huge non-native palm on adjacent resident's property.|
|Decaying deadfall becomes habitat for a wide variety of species.|
|In addition to fungi, rotting wood hosts plasmodial slime,
reptiles, salamanders and newts.
|Trail route so enchanting, it drew me in.|
|Line of trees, remnants of an orchard.|
|Beautiful day to explore our valley's parks and preserves.|
|Almaden Trail follows the contours of the hillsides
to connect with the Ridge Trail.
| Rustic-looking wooden bench with
views of Almaden Quicksilver County Park.
|Enjoying a gentle trail suitable for all family members.|
|Near the summit, boulders accent the grassland scenery.|
|Take a moment for a closer look at weathered rock.|
|Consider its origin and composition.|
|Weathered rock hosts numerous species.|
|Squirrels and birds, like this rock wren, use tall boulders as look outs.|
|Colorful lichen communities colonize rock surfaces.|
|Given time, lichen spread into crevasses, nooks and crannies.|
|Oaks above the main parking lot shaped by the wind.|
|Scores of visitors enjoy Rancho San Vicente trails year round.|
| Across the arroyo, below the water tank,
stands what was once a massive blue oak.
|Another oak that has also lost half its width during our current drought.|
|"Havoc" loves exploring new trails.|
|Always leashed, grows impatient waiting for me while I take photos.|
|Hilltop area of exposed Serpentine, California's State Rock.|
|Birds, including the meadow lark, use
overhanging rocks to shelter their nests.
|Colorful clothing makes it easier to spot fast-moving trail traffic ahead.|
|This tree could be an Interior Live Oak
which are said to be as wide as they are tall.
|Young man with his two high-energy canine pals use this trail for exercise.|
|Between a rock and a cow splat, spring wildflowers bloom.|
|Urban sprawl held in check.|
|Protected from development. Set aside for the public. A showcase for nature.|
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