Johnson Ranch – Wildflower Hike

05-25-2019 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Johnson Ranch Trailhead
Address: 5190 Ontario Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405, USA

 

May 25 Johnson Ranch – Wildflower Hike – 9:00 am

This field trip is guided by Cal Poly Botany Professors Jen Yost and Matt Ritter.  Meet at the Johnson Ranch trail head, at the intersection of South Higuera and Ontario Road.  This will be an ideal opportunity to observe late season wildflowers, including chick lupine, Lupinus microcarpus, and mariposa lilies, Calochortus sp. The hike will follow the Orange Trail, 2.0 miles with a 200 ft elevation gain.  Bring adequate water, snacks, and dress in layers for the weather; a hat and sturdy shoes are advised.  For info, contact Bill, 805-459-2103.  Dogs on a leash are permitted.

Route: Orange Loop
Difficulty: Easy 1-2 hours

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