It's all over Mt. Tam in shady areas near water (Marin, CA).
SOLVED: What plant is this?
It's a bit hard to tell as the close-up does not show the buds well, but I think it's a hazelnut - Corylus sp. - if it's the native, it would be C. cornuta v. californica
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