2024 March 17 Field Trip – Moulton Meadows

Field Trip – Sunday March 17

Moulton Meadows with Fred Roberts

Registration for this field trip has reached capacity and is now closed.


LOCATION DESCRIPTION:  Moulton Meadows Park is perched high on a hilltop around 800 feet elevation at the south end of Temple Hill at the south end of the San Joaquin Hills. To the east, it overlooks Aliso Canyon and Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. The underlying bedrock is San Onofre Breccia, which supports some of the most diverse rare plants in the county. Our primary target area is Eslinger Ridge, southeast of the park along the western border of the wilderness park where a trail passes through vegetation that closely resembles Diegan coastal sage scrub and southern maritime chaparral. Among the species seen here that are more typical of coastal San Diego include spiny redberry (Rhamnus crocea), bushrue (Cneoridium dumosum), San Diego chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum var. obtusifolium), and summer holly (Comarostaphylos diversifolia).  It might be a bit early for some of the rare plants, but we usually see many-stemmed dudleya (Dudleya multicaulis), western dichondra (Dichondra occidentalis), Catalina mariposa lily (Calochortus catalinae), and big-leaved crown-beard (Vesrbesina dissita) that is CNPS and state and federally listed.

LEADER:  Fred Roberts, who grew up in Dana Point,  is a consulting botanist, author, and artist, that has been active in Orange County his entire career. He serves on the OCCNPS Rare Plant Committee and is a coeditor of Crossosoma, the Journal of the Southern California Botanists. He is especially interested in the flora of Orange County, oaks, lilies, and rare plants of Southern California. He has collected over 9,000 plant specimens (most of them from Orange County). He is a co-author for the amazing Wildflowers of Orange County with Bob Allen and several other local identification/floristic books. He and co- Sandy Leatherman are wrapping up the newest edition of A Checklist of Vascular Plants of Orange County which they hope to finish this year.

Registration for this field trip has reached capacity and is now closed.
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Meet Time:  8:30 am, Sunday March 17.
Meet Location:  Moulton Meadows Park, parking along Balboa Ave., Laguna Beach
Time:  Approx. 3 hours.
Physical Difficulty:  Easy (some uneven ground along trail).
Bring:  Hat, sunscreen, camera, wildflower book/notepad, water, hiking shoes/boots; lunch if interested, at end of hike we will likely return to the park and eat there.
Facilities:  Drinking fountains and restrooms at park.
Plant Intensity:  Moderate to high.
Leader:  Fred Roberts.