Irish Hills Wildflower Hike

03-24-2019 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Irish Hills Trailhead
Address: 1691 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, USA

 

Professional Botanist Kristen Nelson and Cal Poly Professor Nishi Rajakaruna join to help ID flowers and discuss new plant species she discovered in Irish Hills Natural Reserve. Meet at Madonna Rd. Trailhead (Roundabout at Madonna Rd. and Eto Cir.)
Route: Froom Creek to Mariposa
Difficulty: Moderate 2-3 hours

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