2024 March 16 Field Trip – Chiquita Ridge

Field Trip

Chiquita Ridge, Ladera Ranch

Saturday, March 16

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THE HABITAT:  Chiquita Ridge is a rare example of intact coastal sage scrub. This area was not extensively ranched, and as a result harbors an astonishing variety of plants. On this hike expect to encounter species within the Dudleya, Salvia, Artemisia, Rhus, Calochortus, Opuntia, Diplacus, Sisyrinchium, and Rhamnus genera, among others. Depending on the rain we receive, several ferns including Pentagramma triangularis and Polypodium californicum may be present. This area is geologically interesting as well, with several sandstone outcroppings containing numerous fossilized shells / bones.

Photo: Jonathan Robbins

THE HIKE:  This will be an easy – moderate out and back hike. Aside from the beginning part of the trail, it is relatively flat. The hike will start at the Ladera Ranch Fire Station, climb to the trail, and continue north 1.5 miles to where the trail ends at Oso Parkway, and then return the way we came.

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LOGISTICS
Meet Time:  9:45 am.
Meet Location:  Ladera Ridge trailhead – Station Way, Ladera Ranch – across the street from the fire station. Parking is on the street along Station Way.
Duration:  This will likely take 1.5-2 hours, depending on the number of botanical detours.
Physical Difficulty:  Moderate / some uphill sections of trail.
Bring:  Hat, sunscreen, camera, water, wildflower book / notepad, and good walking / hiking footwear.
Plant Intensity:  Moderate to high.
Facilities:  No water or restrooms.
Hike Leader:  Jonathan Robbins