Field Trips, Meetings and Events

See chapter calendar below. Field trips, meetings and events are open to chapter members and to the public. *Field trips require an RSVP. Trips may have unplanned updates or cancellations. Those who have RSVP’d will be contacted by the trip leader accordingly.

2024 Field Trip Schedule (PDF format)

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FIELD TRIP: Carlon Area Along Evergreen Road

LEADER: Judy and Barry Breckling | LEVEL:  Easy | DESCRIPTION: We'll spend time botanizing along the north and south sides of the South Fork of the Tuolumne River. Some of the plants we'll be looking for are Phantom Orchid (Cephalanthera austiniae), Giant Trillium (Trillium angustipetalum), and Bride's Bonnet (Clintonia uniflora), and we hope to see […]

FIELD TRIP: McGurk Meadow

LEADER: David Campbell | LEVEL:  Moderate | DESCRIPTION: From Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park, we'll hike to McGurk Meadow. This mostly flat hike, about two miles round trip, will lead to a rich mid-elevation meadow. MEETING PLACE:  Carpools and day use permits must be arranged in advance. Main carpool will meet in El […]

FIELD TRIP: Carson Pass Meadow

LEADER: Bob Dean | LEVEL:  Strenuous due to high elevation | DESCRIPTION: The destination of this hike is a small meadow with a lot of native plants. The hike starts at about 8,000 feet elevation and rises to about 9,000 feet, with a lot to stop and see along the way including ancient junipers, beautiful […]

FIELD TRIP: Woodchuck Basin to Wheeler Ridge

LEADER: Louise Christy | LEVEL:  Moderate, some steep parts, altitude | DESCRIPTION: This high-elevation trail features expansive views, forest, meadows, wildflowers, and some interesting volcanic geology. The distance to the top of the ridge is 1.7 miles; so, our hike will be 3.4 miles round trip. Hiking difficulty is moderate, with some steep parts and switchbacks, but […]

FIELD TRIP: Leavitt Lake to the Pacific Crest Trail

Leavitt Lake Trailhead

LEADER: David Campbell | Level: Strenuous. Elevation starts at 9,500' and climbs from there. | Description: Starting at Leavitt Lake at around 9,500', already at treeline, we'll climb up to meet the Pacific Crest Trail above the tree line. We'll enjoy alpine plants and spectacular views along the way. The campsite and Leavitt Lake is […]

FIELD TRIP: Blue Canyon Lake

Blue Canyon Trailhead (1 mile west of Sonora Pass)

LEADER: Tom Reyes | Arduous due to high elevation and 1,200' elevation gain | Description: We will climb from Highway 108 near Sonora Pass to a beautiful 10,000' lake near the crest of the Sierra Nevada where we should see a good diversity of subalpine-alpine wildflowers. The hike will be 3.6 miles out and back, with […]

FIELD TRIP: Winnemucca Lake / Mokelumne Wilderness

LEADER: Bob Dean | Level: Strenuous due to elevation | Date: TBD - Late August or Early September, depending on best wildflower displays | Description: This trail is well-known for its beautiful vistas and splendid wildflower displays. There were excellent wildflowers in 2019 when we visited on September 8th. Trip may be pushed out to catch […]