On Saturday, the family and I went to Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, which is a small park in the Oakland hills that’s adjacent to the Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. The park is home to numerous species of plants, many of which are rare in the East Bay.
You can take a self-guided 1.7 mile tour through the preserve using the park’s informational pamphlet found at the trail head. There are a total of 17 plants on the tour, each identified with a trail marker.
There is something beautifully primeval about this place. Maybe its the overgrown ferns and shrubbery that brush up to greet you as you walk through it, or maybe its pleasant mix of quietude and solitude you encounter here. It’s easy to get immersed in nature here.
Unfortunately, more than a few of the plants on the self-guided tour were either dying of desiccation or so unkempt that they were indiscernible from the surrounding flora.
Despite the drought, the park is plentiful in manzanita trees.
I imagine that this park is much more beautiful after a season of healthy rainfall.