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Unique and Unusual: Pulgas Ridge Preserve



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    2.5 miles


Pocket Naturalist-OuterSpatial Outing: On this Docent Naturalist-led outing, you’ll discover some of the unique characteristics of Pulgas Ridge Preserve.  On this moderate, 2.5-mile hike, you will follow along the Cordilleras, Polly Geraci, Dick Bishop and Blue Oak Trails.

This preserve is home to often-overlooked native plants – including blue oaks and a delicate spring wildflower, the fetid adder’s tongue. Although often obscured by poison oak foliage and other underbrush, a large number of San Francisco dusky-footed woodrat nests are found here. Pulgas Ridge Preserve also has a unique human history - it housed a treatment center for tuberculosis patients for nearly 50 years. If you look closely, you can find remnants of the buildings today.

Guided Hike created by Midpen Docent Naturalists Mary Bernstein, Susan Bernhard, and Ann Reisenauer

Featured Image by Karl Gohl