2024 March 24 Field Trip – Elsinore Peak

Field Trip – Sunday March 24

Elsinore Peak and S. Main Divide Road
with Lauren Quon, USFS Botanist

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Photo: Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria biflora) by Ron Vanderhoff


Elsinore Peak is the southern most of the Santa Ana Mountain peaks and offers an unusual habitat of grasslands with some coastal sage scrub and chaparral. The area near the peak is further unique due to its volcanic history and unusual foundation of basalt rock. The specific stops for our visit will depend upon current conditions and the season’s always unpredictable bloom. We may explore the area just below the peak for spring wildflowers (Fritillaria biflora, Ranunculus, Delphinium, Alliums, Lomatium, Nemophila, Clarkia, Collinsia, Cryptantha, Sanicula, monkeyflowers, lupines, goldfields, peonies, and more). With luck, and plenty of keen eyes, we may locate the tiny little rare Sibaropsis hammittii. Time permitting and based on the interest of the group, we may then visit a site along S. Main Divide Road with a history of fire activity.



Lauren Quon is the Forest Botanist on the Cleveland National Forest. Lauren enjoys planning and implementing various restoration and weed removal projects, and surveying and monitoring rare plants. She has been with the Forest Service for 8 years and enjoys her influence on conservation practices. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology and a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences. In addition to her work with the USFS, Lauren is a board member of the CA Invasive Plant Council.

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Meet Time:  8 AM, Sunday March 24.
Meet Location:  Parking lot near Bravo Fresh, 31722 Rancho Viejo Rd., San Juan Capistrano (just off Hwy 74 near Int. 5).
Time:  Approx. 3 hours or more depending on the group.
Physical Difficulty:  Moderate.
Bring:  Hat, sunscreen, camera, wildflower book/notepad, water, hiking shoes/boots, and lunch if desired.
Facilities:  No water or restrooms.
Plant Intensity:  Moderate to high, especially wildflowers.
Leaders:  Lauren Quon and CNPS OC team Mel Letterman , Rachel Whitt, Jonathan Frank.