Field Trips

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

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Field trips for Nov / Dec will be on Meetup Saturday, Oct 26

Field trips for Jan / Feb will be on Meetup Thursday, Dec 26

Field Trips can fill up fast, so register early to avoid disappointment. 

You can always cancel if your plans change.
Thursday, October 31
Del Monte Forest Hike of Carmel to Poppy Hills, CNPS                      

This nicely shaded lollypop loop begins in Carmel and leads into the quiet Monterey pine forest of Pebble Beach. Lunch gives us the option of purchasing a Poppy Hills sandwich, yum! ±6 miles, ±750 feet ascent with flora & fauna stops. Arrive early; we depart on time. Led by Lynn Bomberger

Wednesday, November 13
Birds and Plants of Mudhen Lake, Fort Ord                                  

We will be going to Mudhen Lake, which is roughly in the center of Ft. Ord National Monument. This lake normally has water year-round. It is surrounded by oak-studded grasslands and always has a variety of birds and plants. We will explore the shoreline and nearby trails for an hour or so. The hike is ± 5 miles with ± 500 feet ascent. Bring water, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, your lunch, and binoculars. Heavy rain cancels. Led by Cliff Halverson

Saturday, November 23
Autumn in Garzas Creek, Garland Ranch                                      

Even without the wildflowers, this hike in the mixed riparian woodland and redwoods along Garzas Creek, through the Redwood Canyon and back along the Terrace Trail is a delightful way to spend a fall morning. The hike is  ± 4 miles with ±800 feet ascent. Bring a snack and water. Please arrive early so we can depart on time and be back in time to go home for lunch. Led by Michael Mitchell

Saturday, December 7
Buzzards Roost Hike, Pfeiffer State Park                                       

If you don’t like hiking fern lined trails through a redwood forest with beautiful views along the way, then this hike is not for you. On the other hand, if you love all of the above, let’s go! We’ll see lots of wildfire devastation and lots of fresh regrowth. ±4 miles with ±800 feet ascent at a leisurely pace. Arrive earl;, we depart on time. Bring water and lunch. Led by Lynn Bomberger

Saturday, December 21
Fly Agaric Mushroom Search                                                            

Some years we get skunked but hopefully this year we will find the beautiful fly agaric mushrooms in the Del Monte Forest. Bring water; lunch gives us the option of purchasing a Poppy Hills sandwich. 5 miles, 750 feet elevation gain. Arrive early; we depart on time. Led by Lynn Bomberger

Sunday, December 29
Williams Canyon Hike to Mitteldorf Preserve                               

This lovely hike is ±4 miles with ± 400 feet elevation gain. 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 have the opportunity to admire the county’s largest diameter redwood. Bring water and lunch. BSLT will cancel our outing if there are downed trees, etc., or if the road is under repair. You will be emailed through Meetup if cancelling is needed. Arrive early; we depart on time. Led by Lynn Bomberger.

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

Field Trips Archive