Anza Trail Blog

Scouting for Wildflowers along the Salinas River

by Jaime Lien Hendrickson, AMWC Conservation Manager

Tagged as:   Nature , Recreation Trail , San Luis Obispo County , hiking

Hikers on an Anza Trail walk in Atascadero, Feb. 26, 2015

Four years of historically low rainfall has created a new perspective for plant sighting, and a fun way to take in the blooms is with a shaded walk along the Juan Bautista de Anza NHT in Atascadero.

The Anza Trail passes through Atascadero in close proximity to the Salinas River where the Oak savannah shelters abundant wildlife and a unique assortment of riparian vegetation not commonly found in other areas of the Central Coast (view to this area on our interactive map).

Wildflower sightings include Wooly milkweed, Mule’s ears, Jepson’s morning glory, and California false indigo, Amorpha calfornica. California false indigo is an aromatic shrub in the pea family native to central and southern California and is the larval food plant for our California State butterfly, the California Dogface. 

All the Atascadero north trails combined create a total of almost six miles of easy to moderate trails. The trails are administered by the Atascadero Mutual Water Company and can be easily accessed from the north via the Anza Horse arena parking lot on North Ferrocarril.

AMWC invites you to use the trail and experience the Salinas River environment. For more information and a trail map visit

Upcoming Wildflower Walks

Atascadero Mutual Water Company will be hosting a series of Watershed Walks this spring. To get more information or to reserve a space email or call 805.464.5347.

Spring Wildflowers along the Salinas River 
April 17, 9:00 - 11:00 am
You’ll be accompanied by Dr. Neil Havlik, a knowledgeable guide, someone who can tell you the names and characteristics of the beautiful flowers you’ll see, and maybe a little bit of history along the way too.

Birdwalk in the Watershed
June 5 & 6, 2015
7:30 amJoin Roger Zachary, local Audubon field trip leader, as we walk along the Anza Trail section of the AMWC’s property. We will be birding in mixed oak woodland and riparian woodland along the Salinas River. We should be able to identify approximately 30 species.


Aesclipias vestita
Photo by AMWC

Viola pendunculata
Photo by AMWC

Hikers on an Anza Trail walk in Atascadero, Feb. 26, 2015

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