Photos from a March 2002 hike at Alston Park
(click on any image for a larger view)
Trailhead
Trailhead
Gate
Information signboard and portable toilets are just beyond this gate, but...
Start
this hike starts just to the right of the gate
Orchard Trail
Orchard Trail
     Plum
     Plum blossoms
Plum trees
Although in March the peak was clearly over, there were lots of plum trees in bloom
Buttercups
Buttercups
Junction
Junction; stay to the right
Descending
Descending
Bridge
Bridge
Junction
Junction
Dry Creek Trail
Dry Creek Trail
Junction
Junction; stay to the left
Near the creek
Near the creek
Madrone
Madrone
Crossing a side creek
Crossing a side creek
Climbing away from the creekbed
Climbing away from the creekbed
Teasel along the trail
Teasel marks a wet area on the right
Looking back downhill
Looking back downhill
Junction
Junction with trail feeding in from the right
Near grape vines, on the right
Near the park border, grapes grow over the fence to the right
     Johnny-jump-up and wild radish
     Johnny-jump-up
View east
From the park's highest plateau, there are sweeping views east
View north
View north
Approaching junction
Approaching junction
Baby blue eyes
Baby blue eyes
Lots of flowers here in late winter
Lots of flowers here in late winter
Flowers
Wild radish and johnny-jump-ups in the grassland
Tidytips
Tidytips
     Flowers
     Yellow owl's clover
Junction
Junction
Service road
Service road
Junction
Junction; turn right
Heading toward Valley View Trail
Heading toward Valley View Trail
Valley View Trail
Valley View Trail, with a path heading back down to Orchard Trail on the left
Valley oak
Valley oak
Junction
Junction, left heading downhill, and just past, junction to the right with Prune Picker Trail
Prune Picker Trail
Prune Picker Trail
Entering off leash area
Entering off leash area
Plum trees on the sides of the trail
Plum trees on the sides of the trail
View back down to the trailhead
View back down to the trailhead
Approaching junction
Approaching junction
Returning to the trailhead
Returning to the trailhead





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