My new quest to explore and conquer the unlikely plethora of State Parks, County Parks, and Open Space Districts in the south SF bay/peninsula led to check out Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve. It’s known for panoramic views of the bay, and wildflowers. Well, it’s only now just starting to feel like fall here, so that means it’s still dry. It’s a stark difference in landscape from Castle Rock State Park. The ridge is virtually treeless at the top, with invasive grasslands abound. There are a few classic oak woodlandy areas (yay shade!) but overall the preserve is more defined by the treeless ridge at the top. Mental note: spring would be a better time to go, as it was a hot day, with not much shade and no wildflowers, save a few thistle. Nevertheless, there were interesting photos to be taken! This trip made me realize that a lot of the open areas are a bit parched from the Mediterranean summers and won’t really lush out until the winter when the rains come and the spring. Guess I’ll choose more carefully where I go until that happens! Next up, perhaps some redwoods?
Exploring the South Bay: Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve