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A Few More Wildflower Tips
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Although Jasper Ridge is well known for its serpentine
grassland, the Preserve is also a fantastic place for
Indian warrior (Pedicularis densiflora), giant
trillium, leatherwood and leopard lilies (Lilium
The season for most of these
have flowers has largely passed but you might want to keep
the Preserve in mind for next year. Particular trails of
- Trail 12 (Mapache Trail):
- February through March is the time to see one of the
best displays of giant trillium in the area. Spectacular
patches can be found all along the way, with the best
located near the meadow at the end of the trail. Also
look for leatherwood near the two wooden bridges.
Rerouting this trail out of the rising waters of Corte
Madera Creek was a major Trail Center project, 1995-1997,
with more work in fall 1999.
- Trail 2 (Long Creek Trail):
- Look for a big patch of leopard lilies blooming on
the banks of San Francisquito Creek in late June and July
- the best I've seen anywhere in the area. You'll find
them near the junction of Trails 1, 2 and 5.
Getting there: Jasper Ridge is open only
to docent-led tours, which can be arranged by calling (650)
327-2277. The entrance to the Preserve is located on
Sandhill Rd., two miles west of I-280.
Distance/Elevation change: various.
Best time for flowers: February through
On the Web: Jasper
Ridge Biological Preserve site
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