Beginners’ Wildflower ID Walk at Stile Ranch (Santa Teresa CP, San Jose)
The serpentine hills of Stile Ranch are home to a rich diversity of native annual and perennial wildflowers and the display this year is particularly exuberant. Join Tilak, Arvind Kumar, and Ashok Jethanandani on this walk to learn to identify the common wildflowers of our area. We will also examine the foliage and fruit of each species, where available, to get a leg up on recognizing them out of bloom.
On this loop hike, we will go up the Stile Ranch Trail and return via the Fortini Trail. The distance covered will be 2.6 miles with 450’ of elevation gain/loss. Bring water, lunch, hat, suncreen, and your favorite trail accessories (camera/ smartphone/hand lens/binoculars/field guide/none). Dress in layers and appropriately for the weather. Trail is uneven in many parts: wear good hiking shoes; poles may help. NO FACILITIES.
Directions: Meet at the Stile Ranch Trailhead parking lot on San Vicente Ave. just west of the T-junction with Fortini Rd. (In Google Maps, search for “Stile Ranch Trailhead.”) Parking is limited; carpooling is recommended.