The vibrant colors of lovely rhododendrons are sure to delight at Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve. Each May bright pink blossoms are everywhere within the park’s five-plus miles of magnificent hiking trails. The lush greens of the ferns and foliage help to set off the marvelous colors. If hiking isn’t your thing, there are also many horseback riding trails. This impressive forest is ever-evolving as second growth redwood and Douglas fir continue to rise into the sky. The park’s 317 acres were donated to the State of California in memory of Edward P. Kruse, one of the founders of San Francisco’s German Bank. The land was once used by the family to raise sheep and carry on logging and tanbark harvesting operations. The Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve is located about 20 miles north of Jenner near mile marker 43. For more information call (707) 847-3221.