Field Trips

The Pinnacles – Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva var. r.)

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


Field trips for Mar / Apr will be on Meetup Thursday, Apr 25

Field trips for May/June will be on Meetup Thursday, June 27

Field Trips can fill up fast, so register early to avoid disappointment. 
You can always cancel if your plans change.
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.

Saturday, May 11
Limekiln State Park Trails

The drive is a long one but, oh, so beautiful! 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.

Thursday, May 23
Chews Ridge Wildflowers—Scouting Outing

Join Michael Mitchell on his scouting trip for this special traditional outing at the end of this week. Our pace will be a little faster on Thursday than the weekend field trip. As the highest public road in Monterey County, Chews Ridge always offers a unique variety of plants. There will be several stops with easy to moderately-paced hikes of a mile or two. Bring lunch and water. All wheel or 4WD vehicles are recommended. Limit of 8.

Saturday, May 25
Chews Ridge Wildflowers with Michael Mitchell

Join Michael Mitchell, co-author of Monterey County Wildflowers—a Field Guide and the second edition of Corky Matthews’ The Plants of Monterey County—an Illustrated Field Key on this special traditional outing. As the highest public road in Monterey County, Chews Ridge always offers a unique variety of plants. There will be several stops with easy to moderate hikes of a mile or two. Meet by the seasonal footbridge in Garland Ranch’s main parking by 9:00am; bring lunch and water—we’ll return ± 5pm. All wheel or 4WD vehicles are recommended. Limit of 12.

Tuesday, May 28
Mount Madonna—The Most Beautiful Jewel Flower 

Join Andy Werner for a field trip to Mt. Madonna on the eastern summit of the southern Santa Cruz Mountains. We’ll see four species of Mariposa lilies in bloom as well as the serpentine-loving Jewel Flower. Also blooming will be Candy Flower at probably its most southerly location as well as many other plants in this serpentine-influenced park. Total distance of ±9 miles with 1,500 feet gradual elevation gain. Bring water and lunch.

Tuesday, May 28
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. We’ll even admire the county’s largest diameter redwood. Bring water and lunch. BSLT will cancel our outing if there are newly downed trees, etc. Arrive early; we depart on time. Led by Lynn Bomberger

Thursday, June 13
Santa Lucia Preserve Exploration

The Santa Lucia Conservancy invites you to experience the amazing plant community of the Santa Lucia Preserve. Join us for an easy shuttle hike of ± 3 miles to discover what truly makes the Preserve such a hotspot for biodiversity. With great rainfall this year, we hope that the Preserve puts on a floriferous show for us. Arrive at least 10 minutes early; we will have two sign-in sheets. Bring water and lunch. Led by Lynn Bomberger

Saturday, June 22
Evening Soap Plant Quest

This ±4.5 mile evening hike with ±800 feet elevation gain in Toro Park takes us through a forested valley along the Ollason trail, then up to oak dotted grasslands. If we are lucky, we will see soap plants blooming as they bloom in the late afternoon and evening. If not, we’ll have a nice late day walk in the woods. Bring water and dinner. Arrive early; we depart on time. Seniors 62 and older get into the park free with a photo ID. Led by Lynn Bomberger.

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