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.
Sunday, January 5
Fabulous Ferns & Seedlings
Join leaders Bob Hale and Lynn Bomberger to admire the beautiful soft green of polypodal ferns and learn to identify many different seedlings of the coming spring flowers. We’ll follow the Terrace Trail and pass a ridge that has over 60 species of flowering plants. Our return will be alongside Garzas Creek. The hike of ±3 miles has ±700 feet elevation gain. Bring lunch and water.
Saturday, January 11
Buzzards Roost at Pfeiffer Big Sur 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 early, we depart on time. Bring water and lunch. Led by Lynn Bomberger.
Monday, January 13
Point Lobos CNPS Mushroom Walk
This ±2mile ramble with negligible elevation change will be on several trails in pine forest and chaparral. We’ll stop to look at anything of interest and discuss the symbiotic relationships that have evolved between some mushrooms and plants. We’ll also discuss the gastronomic relationships between specific fungi and animals (including Homo sapiens). Bring ±$4 for entrance fee, water, a snack and rain gear. Heavy rain cancels. Led by Stanley Dudek.
Thursday, January 23
Mount Madonna Fetid Adder’s Tongue Hike
It’s a stinky little flower but an exciting one since it’s one of the first of the new year! Let’s see if the intriguing Fetid Adder’s Tongue is blooming at Mount Madonna. If not, we’ll have a nice hike in a lovely forest. We’ll do ±4.5 mile loop with ±800 feet ascent. Bring water and lunch. Arrive early; we depart on time. Led by Andy Werner.
Saturday, February 1
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 have the opportunity to admire the county’s largest diameter redwood and the polypodys around the lodge might be gorgeous. Bring water and lunch. BSLT will cancel our outing if there are downed trees, etc. Arrive early; we depart on time. Led by Lynn Bomberger.
Sunday, February 9
Del Monte Forest Exploration
Del Monte forest is a truly unique area of many plant communities, including a rich mosaic of two pine species, oaks, rare Gowen cypress, manzanita forests and riparian creeks. We hope to see manzanitas, ceanothus and currants in flower and maybe a few other early spring flowers. There could be a few wet/muddy areas if there is recent rain. Join leader Bob Hale for a special tour of this botanical treasure. ±3 miles with ±350 feet ascent. Bring water and a snack.
Saturday, February 15
Garland Ranch Indian Warriors & Polypody Ferns
This hike of ±3.5 miles and ±800 feet ascent has a beautiful display of polypody ferns and hopefully, lots of Indian warriors. We’ll also admire some mushrooms and have lunch beside beautiful Garzas Creek. Bring water and lunch. Arrive early; we depart on time. Led by Lynn Bomberger.
Wednesday, February 19
Birds and Plants of Mudhen Lake, Fort Ord
We will be going to Mudhen Lake, which is a beautiful, isolated lake roughly in the center of Fort 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. After taking the ridge route, we will explore the shoreline and nearby trails. 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.
Friday, February 28
Toro Park Early Wildflowers
This ±5½ mile hike with ±600 feet ascent has a delightful variety of wildflowers: Indian warriors, footsteps of spring, shooting stars are just a few. Bring water and lunch. Arrive early; we depart on time. Seniors 62 and older get into the park free with a photo ID. Leader: Lynn Bomberger.