The Habitat of the RARE Arroyo Toad In California: A Photo Study

This toad lives in quiet, lush creek areas..

This plaque describes the plight of the Arroyo Toad in California.All hiking shots were taken by Your Truly, April 1st/2010.
This plaque describes the plight of the Arroyo Toad in California.All hiking shots were taken by Your Truly, April 1st/2010.
To access the Mill Creek Area, you must cross stones and logs.
To access the Mill Creek Area, you must cross stones and logs.
One of many stones you must traverse.
One of many stones you must traverse.
Lush vegetation and wildflowers abound in this quiet area.
Lush vegetation and wildflowers abound in this quiet area.
Mill Creek, sloshy with rain run-off from Winter Storms.
Mill Creek, sloshy with rain run-off from Winter Storms.
The trail is narrow and easy to follow--I saw many children there with their families the day I shot these photos.
The trail is narrow and easy to follow--I saw many children there with their families the day I shot these photos.
The trailhead is in the parking lot of the general picnic area.
The trailhead is in the parking lot of the general picnic area.
Mill Creek has several tributaries. Parts of the creek are so deep people take dips in it during hot summer days.
Mill Creek has several tributaries. Parts of the creek are so deep people take dips in it during hot summer days.
Close-up of the rare Arroyo Toad. Note humorous expression!
Close-up of the rare Arroyo Toad. Note humorous expression!
This is not a small toad: note size and agility.
This is not a small toad: note size and agility.

An Endangered species..

 The rare Arroyo Toad is a recognized endangered species.  It has been officially recognized in several spots in California, one of which is shown here in photos.  To access this area take Highway 38 and drive towards Forest Falls, California. It is on the right of the highway going up, in an area designated as "Picnic Area."  There is plenty of parking.  You will need a Forest Adventure Pass.

Although I did not see the toad the day I took these photos, it was an excellent little hike. If you have read my Hub on Loch Leven, this area is not far from there. Hikers have to be careful to not disturb the habitat and always stay on trails. I would recommend this hike to anyone who lives in Southern California (or is visiting).  Children love this area and enjoy the picnic grounds and trails as well as the adults.

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woodamarc 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Great pics of area and toad jumping. Love the action shot! You got me laughing. Reminds me of a slow motion olympic victory leap.


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Awesome hub! Love the picture of the frog leaping in the air!


"Quill" 6 years ago

Love the Hub...love frogs...Mom would find them all over the house when I was a kid...smiles

Blessings


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California Author

Oh thank you--I was raised with many wild creatures on a ranch in Northern California. I am very comfortable with wild things; not too comfortable with the real world. ha.

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