Field Trips

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You must register for field trips online through the Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group on


Field trips for Mar / Apr will be on Meetup Sunday, Feb 21

Field trips for May/June will be on Meetup Sunday, Apr 25

Field Trips can fill up fast, so register early to avoid disappointment. 
You can always cancel if your plans change.
Tuesday, March 5
Limekiln State Park Trails 

We’ll hike in-and-out trails beside gorgeous creeks with numerous waterfalls, clear pools, redwoods, sycamores, maples, ferns, redwood sorrel, huckleberries, etc. ±4 miles with ±650 feet ascent. Bring water, lunch and a few dollars for the park entrance fee. Arrive early; we depart on time. Led by Lynn Bomberger

Wednesday, March 13
Spring flowers and Birds in the Hills in Pacheco State Park

The oak-studded hills should be full of spring flowers, birds and perhaps some great views. Bring water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, your lunch, and binoculars. ±6 miles, ±1,000 feet ascent. Led by Cliff Halverson

Saturday, March 23
Kahn Ranch—Early Spring Wildflowers   

Michael and Sharon Mitchell will take us into the Kahn Ranch. This is a lesser known part of Garland Ranch that is a special place to see not only beautiful vistas but a wide variety of spring wild flowers. 3.7 miles with 1,100 feet. elevation gain.

Tuesday, March 26
Mount Madonna—from Serpentine to Redwoods Hike

Join Andy Werner on a wonderful tour of Mount Madonna County Park on the eastern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. This is a fairly strenuous but shaded hike of ± 6 miles with ±1,500 feet ascent. Bring lunch and water.

Saturday, March 30
Birding and Nature Walk   

This hike is along a riparian area and an isolated beach with possible snowy plover sightings. We begin at the Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge, a little-used spot near Marina. ±6 miles walking on sand. Optional lunch at Phil’s Seafood. Led by Cliff Halverson

Sunday, April 7
Fort Ord National Monument Spring Wildflower Tour 

CNPS volunteer David Styer and BLM Botanist Bruce Delgado will lead this tour at Fort Ord. We’ll focus several stops and short hikes on rare and beautifully diverse flowers in such habitats as vernal pools, oak woodlands, maritime chaparral, and native grasslands.

Wednesday, April 10
Williams Canyon Hike to Mitteldorf Preserve      

This lovely hike is ±4 miles with ±400 feet ascent. It is along Williams Canyon Road where we’ll pass through a spectacular redwood environment with several creeks on our way to Big Sur Land Trust’s Mitteldorf Preserve. Led by Lynn Bomberger

Wednesday, April 24
Fort Ord Spring Wildflower Hike

Come and do a wondrous ±6 mile wildflower hike with little elevation gain with Andy Werner. Andy will do a scouting outing before our hike to find the best flowers—Fort Ord can have amazing flower displays. Bring lunch and water.

Saturday, April 27
Garzas Creek Broomrape Hike              

Our ±4 mile awesome wildflower loop with ±800 feet elevation gain takes us through a redwood canyon and along Garzas Creek with six picturesque crossings. If we’re lucky, we will see some naked broomrape in bloom. Bring water and lunch. Led by Lynn Bomberger

Sunday, April 28
Upper Garzas Creek Hike BBQ/Potluck  

Join Al Washburn and Bruce Delgado at Al’s cabin in the woods along Garzas Creek—dogs are OK. Take a walk along the creek or a more strenuous hike up steep surrounding hills. Bring potluck lunch items to share around a cooking fire. CNPS members only.

CNPS – San Luis Obispo Chapter field trips

Details of upcoming field trips organized by the SLO Chapter will be found on the Other Events page

Details of earlier field trips can be found in the Field Trips archive:

Field Trips Archive