Posted by: James Wapotich | August 17, 2017

Trail Quest: Forbush Flats

Made a hike a couple weeks ago along N. Cold Spring Trail from Cold Spring Saddle down to the Santa Ynez River, stopping at Forbush before hanging out at the pools above the intersection with Gibraltar Trail.

Lots of fruit coming in on the different plants along the trail, such as scrub oak, holly leaf cherry, toyon, California bay laurel, and coffee berry, as well as the trees in Forbush’s orchard.

Alder Forbush Flats camp hiking backpacking Santa Barbara Los Padres National Forest Cold Spring Gidney Creek

Alder trees line the creek above Forbush Flats

Gidney Canyon North Cold Spring Trail hiking backpacking Santa Barbara Los Padres National Forest Forbush Flats

Upper Gidney Canyon is seen from the trail

No water at either of the camps, but there is water just upstream from the first camp. Further down the trail, found some nice water to cool off in near what some folks call the Grotto or Emerald Pools. Saw more than a dozen turtles in the creek, plus a garter snake enjoying the pool at the base of the falls. Along much of the creek, blue lobelia is enjoying its own super bloom while swallowtails and bumblebee moths flit from flower to flower. Article appears in section A of the August 14th, 2017 edition of Santa Barbara News-Press.

Blue lobelia maidenhair fern the grotto emerald pools North Cold Spring Trail hike Los Padres National Forest

Blue lobelia and maidenhair fern

Western tiger swallowtail blue lobelia North Cold Spring Trail hike Los Padres National Forest

Western tiger swallowtail on blue lobelia

Older articles can be seen by scrolling down or using the search feature in the upper right corner. Articles from the News-Press appear here a couple months after they appear in the paper.


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