Join Dee and Ken Himes for a 3- to 4-mile early spring wildflower hike along Stile Ranch Trail, through serpentine grasslands and chaparral. This will be a great trip for those who are new to field trips and native plants, as well as those who are interested in plants and flowers endemic to serpentine soils and seeps.
The hike will be moderate in intensity with steep slippery slopes. We are starting earlier in the day to beat limited parking space and the heat as it gets pretty HOT, and there’s no overhead shade until we get to the Fortini Trail to make our way back to the trailhead. Bring extra water, snacks, a bag lunch, a wide brim hat and walking stick(s). We’ll meet at the parking lot off San Vicente Ave. at 9am. Parking there is free.
Directions: Coming from Hwy 85, exit onto Almaden Expy. south and continue until it ends at Harry Rd. Turn right onto Harry Rd., then left onto McKean Rd. At the stop sign, turn left (north) onto Fortini Rd. then left again onto San Vicente Road. Our parking area is on the right along San Vicente Ave. We’ll meet at the Stile Ranch Trail Entrance (labeled Fortini Trailhead on Google Maps).