This eighth manzanita hike with our chapter will look at two manzanita subspecies in detail in the maritime chaparral of Los Osos. If you have ever wondered how lines are drawn in plant taxonomy, especially between two subspecies, join us for this review of two subspecies of Arctostaphylos crustacea that occur within a one-mile
radius of each other:
a) subspecies crustacea (brittle leaf manzanita) and
b) subspecies rosei (Rose’s manzanita).
For this detailed investigation, bring a hand lens, note pad, and pencil, as well as the usual water, snacks, hat, sturdy shoes, and dress in layers for changing weather. A plant list for nearby Montaña de Oro State Park can be found on our website here. There are no bathroom facilities along the hike route. Rain or threat of rain cancels or postpones this trip.
This hike is 2 miles in length, with 200 feet elevation gain. Meet at the intersection of Bayview Heights Dr. and Bay Vista Lane in Los Osos (35.305432, -120.831412). Parking is available on Bay Vista Lane.