Easy Hikes in Marin to see Wildflowers
The SF Bay is positively radiating with wildflowers! If you are interested in seeing some fantastic wildflower displays, here are my top picks. Each area is easy to access and hike -- making it great for kids too! If you bring them along be sure to bring a magnifying glass to add to the interest and adventure.
Ring Mountain Preserve, Corte Madera
This small, but beautiful open space is home to some of the rarest wildflowers in the Country. For an easy walk, park at the top of Taylor Road (located off Paradise Drive) and begin hiking in any direction.
Rock Springs Area, Mount Tam
From this parking lot -- begin your exploration in any direction. Wild orchids can be seen in shaded areas near pines in April. The trail to Cataract Falls is still running with lots of water and makes for a relaxing place to rest.
Loma Alta Open Space Preserve, Fairfax
Numerous options for accessing this wonderful open space abound! Park at the top of Oak Manor drive, choose either a short steep ascent to the labyrinth and views, or follow a less used trail through the woods. Either option yields great flower displays.
Point Reyes National Seashore , Inverness
Endless opportunities for wildlife and wildflower viewing. The park’s champion flower walk is the 1.4-mile, bluff-top Chimney Rock Trail; Abbott's Lagoon is a special spot with a family of river otters that have taken up residence this spring.
Sunol Regional Wilderness, Sunol
Known for it's Wildflower Festival in Early Spring, this East Bay gem offers a delightful variety of hiking trails. Indian Joe Creek Trail is an easy, flat trail.