Newts, manzanita, and
The Doyle or Wishon Trail is one of my favorite local trails. It starts at about 4,000'
and follows the Middle Fork of the Tule River up to the Wishon Grove of Giant
Sequoias. 4wheelbob drove down to Springville this morning and then we drove
together up the Tule Canyon to the Wishon Trailhead and then we hiked a portion of
the trail... Along the way we saw many different species of wildflowers, California
Torreya (a rare tree endemic to California), bear scat, a California newt, lots of birds,
interesting fungi, tree sized manzanita bushes, and the list goes on...
|Sierra Newt Taricha torosa sierrae
|Unfurling fern frond (try saying that 3 times fast!)
|Tree sized manzanita and a close up of the bark below
|Kern County Larkspur
|Eastwood's Baby Blue Eyes, Nemophila pulchella,
carpeted much of the forest floor