Saturday, Feb. 22nd 9:00 am
Join us on a bird and plant walk. For those wanting to focus mainly on birds (freshwater fowl), you will walk along the south lakeshore for a distance of roughly two miles. The bird hike will be limited to 20 people; please email Chuck to reserve a spot at email@example.com. For those wanting to focus on both birds and plants, you will hike the Grey Pine Trail, returning along the lakeshore. The Grey Pine Trial hugs the north-facing hills on the lake’s south edge. This walk is roughly 3.5 miles with 300 feet elevation gain. Santa Margarita County Park is located off of West Pozo Rd., 10 miles southeast of Santa Margarita, CA. At mile-9 along Pozo Rd., bear left onto Santa Margarita Lake Rd. When you arrive at the park entrance, tell the ranger you are part of the bird and plant group, then proceed to the adjacent parking lot on the right, just inside the park. Bring water and snacks and binoculars, and dress in layers for changing weather. A hat, sunscreen, and sturdy shoes are recommended. No dogs please. Contact Bill, 805-459-2103.
Rain or the threat of rain cancels.
Saturday, Feb. 1st, 8:30 am
This is a strenuous hike of 16 miles and 2,500 ft. elevation gain and will likely take most of the day. Carpool in front of the Pacific Beverage Co. in Santa Margarita at 8:00 am or meet at the Rinconada trailhead at 8:30 am. The Rinconada trailhead is located on Pozo Road, 2.5 miles southeast of the Santa Margarita Lake Road intersection and is well marked with signage just ahead of a righthand turn. Be sure to bring adequate water and food, a hat, sturdy shoes, and dress in layers for the weather. There will be a couple of stream crossings, so please bring either waterproof shoes, or flipflops/sandals. Also, there will be poison oak. Dogs are welcome on a leash. Contact Bill, 805-459-2103.
Rain or the threat of rain cancels.
Saturday. Dec. 21st, 10:00 am, Mushroom Walk, Cambria
Led by Eric Brunschwiler, David Krause, and Dennis Sheridan
We will look for mushrooms growing in the Monterey pine forests of Cambria while enjoying the beauty of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Meet at the corner of Tipton Street and Warren Road in Cambria at 10:00 AM. How to get there: Travel north on Hwy 1 to Cambria. At the first stoplight, turn left onto Ardath Drive. Follow Ardath and turn right onto Tipton Street. Continue to the intersection with Warren Road (2 blocks) and find a parking place. Bring water, your field guides and a mushroom basket for you may want to collect some edible varieties. Dress appropriately for the weather. Be prepared for poison oak. The hike will be easy, about a 2-3 hour stroll through the woods. For additional information, email, text, or call Dave Krause: firstname.lastname@example.org, (805) 459-9007.
Sunday. Nov. 24th, 2:00 pm, Intertidal flora and fauna at Montaña de Oro St. Park. Join us for an afternoon, during a
super low tide, with Faylla Chapman, Central Coast Natural History Museum docent and intertidal expert. Faylla will point out and discuss the great diversity of kelp species that inhabit that zone, and talk about the fauna that co-exist among them. Meet at the Hazard Canyon parking among the eucalyptus trees, at the big curve. Wear waterproof shoes, dress in layers for changing weather. Contact Bill Waycott, 805-459-2103.
Rain or threat of rain cancels.
Saturday. Nov. 23rd, 10:00 am, Fall Bike Outing on Santa Rosa Creek Road, Cambria. Join us for a view of Fall colors along this beautiful coastal canyon. This will be an out and back ride of about 2 hours with a one-way distance of about 8-10 miles on a paved road. There are moderate hills along the way. Bring your bike, helmet, other appropriate gear, and water/snacks. Meet in the Coast Union High School parking lot, near the tennis courts, at 2950 Santa Rosa Creek Road, Cambria. Contact Bill Waycott, 805-459-2103.
Rain or threat of rain cancels.
Come explore the trails of the Irish Hills Reserve. Total distance of the hike is 6 miles, with a 900 ft. gain, taking about 3.hours. This trail passes through a wide-range of plant species growing on serpentinite-derived soils, unique to areas around San Luis Obispo. Meet at the trailhead located at the southern end of Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo. Bring water, snacks, and dress in layers for changing weather. A hat and sturdy shoes are advised. The plants, animals, and geology of the area will be discussed during the hike. Contact Bill, 805-459-2103. Rain Cancels.
Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, Aug. 16th to Aug. 18th, Rare Plant Treasure Hunt, Lopez Lake, SLO Co. The California Native Plant Society is conducting a rare plant survey in the Lopez Lake area with a species focus on Malacothamnus gracilis, slender bush mallow, a 1B.1 listed plant. Members will help to assess this rare plant’s distribution and take part in the collection of seeds as part of the California Plant Rescue program, www.caplantrescue.org. This Treasure Hunt is coordinated by Amy Patten and Keir Morse, CNPS staff, whose sole job is to seek out rare and, in many cases, endangered species. Participants must be in good physical condition, due to the steep terrain and chaparral vegetation, and have basic skills in plant identification. Afternoon temperatures in August can reach the mid 90s. If interested in joining the team for a day or the entire weekend, contact Bill Waycott, email@example.com.
The CNPS mountain bike ride is still on for Saturday, August 3rd, but the venue has been changed due to the Mill Fire to San Simeon Creek Road.
Carpooling is still available from Santa Rosa Park in SLO at 7:30am.
We will meet at the San Simeon State Park Day Use Area – park and ride – at 8:30am.
See you there!
Ride the Coast Ridge Road to the Cone Peak trailhead, then hike to the summit (5,155 ft.) and return. Along the way, take in the amazing views and see some rare plants – Santa Lucia fir and Sugar pine. Meet at the junction of Nacimiento-Fergusson Road and Coast Ridge Road (36°00’35.7″N 121°27’08.3″W) at 10:30 am. For a carpool option, meet either at Santa Rosa Park in San Luis Obispo at 7:30 am or at the Washburn Day Use Area of San Simeon State Park, 1.5 miles north of Cambria (35°35’40.7″N 121°07’27.2″W), 8:20 am. The bike ride is 11 miles round trip to the Cone Peak trailhead and back. The hike is 5 miles round trip. Bring a helmet, water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, as well as shoes/boots and a hat for the hike. Also, bring a cable lock for your bike to use during the hike. For those interested in carpooling, a pickup truck is preferable to transport others and their gear. For more information, contact Bill Waycott (805) 459-2103, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 15th, 9:00 am, Arroyo de la Cruz, North SLO County
This field trip visits one of the “hottest” spots for botanical diversity in San Luis Obispo Co. Our leaders D.R. “Doc” Miller and Elizabeth Appel will lead us on a tour of several unique species located on these coastal bluffs. The Arroyo de la Cruz area features a variety of plant communities and a number of endemic, and rare plants found only in this relatively small area.
Meet at the Elephant Seal Overlook (first entrance on the left going north) at 9:00 am. For those wanting to carpool from the south, meet in the Santa Rosa Park parking lot in San Luis Obispo at 8:00 am.
The field trip will last roughly 3 hours. Bring adequate water, snacks, and dress in layers for the weather; a hat and sturdy shoes are advised.
For more information, contact: Bill 805-459-2103. No dogs please.