Friends Of Mentryville, CA
We started out by exploring some of the old buildings that are still standing in Mentryville. There is also a lot of old machinery that was used for drilling oil. This area is very rich in oil and the first commercial oil well in California is located here.
We headed up the trail and came upon a "fork" in the trail that looked interesting. We were looking for wildflowers and this "fork" looked like it would be a good place to find them. We headed across lush green grasses and into a beautiful ravine where huge oak trees were growing. A small stream was flowing down below the trail that climbed up the hill into the canyon.
On both sides of the trail, there were beautiful blue lupins. After about a half mile in, we came to the end of the trail, so we turned around and headed back to the "main" trail we had started out on.
This trail followed the small stream up into the main part of the canyon where the old oil fields were. Along the way we came upon an old oil derrick. Farther up the trail we found the first commercial oil well in our state. We also saw many beautiful wildflowers.
We did about a 3 1/2 mile hike and enjoyed every minute of it.