Healing the Land Field Trips Upcoming Events

2019 Redbud Field Trips
Redbud field trips are free and open to non-members as well as members. When we co-sponsor a trip and have docents from another organization, a small donation may be requested. Our trips are generally easy, as we walk slowly, pausing to view, identify, discuss, and enjoy the plant species.
Please RSVP in advance to participate in field trips. Ride sharing is recommended (parking at most trailheads is limited). We suggest riders share the cost of gas ($5 to the driver for < 40 miles round-trip, more if longer).
Bring water, lunch/snack, sun screen, hat, jacket, rain gear, and hand lens, as needed. Children are warmly welcomed, but please arm them with a whistle! No pets are allowed on Redbud field trips (service dogs are permitted).
We try to schedule trips when native plants are at their best, but wildflower displays vary depending upon weather patterns. A cold, long winter means later blooms, but if March is warm and dry, we’ll have early field trips. Predicted heavy rain (or snow) will cancel trip.
Field trips are posted on this website and the Redbud Facebook -- check often for updates. For advance email notice of trips, sign up for the Redbud Yahoo Listserv (see Redbud homepage).
White Bog Orchid (Platanthera dilatata  
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If you would like to lead a field trip or know a good destination, email suggestions at least 2 weeks before the proposed date to volunteer@redbud-cnps.org. Write-ups should include: date, time, location, directions, what to bring, distance/length of time, difficulty, elevation, and what people may see.
Lower Carpenter Valley
Saturday, July 20, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Join us on a hike of Truckee Donner Land Trust's recently acquired Lower Carpenter Valley! Lower Carpenter Valley includes wet meadow, freshwater emergent wetland, riparian, and fen habitat types, as well as red fir, lodgepole pine, and mixed-conifer forest.
Children and adults alike are invited on this accessible hike. Docents will provide information about the history and natural features of the valley. Wildflowers should be in full bloom if Mother Nature cooperates!

Difficulty: Expect to travel five miles on a level fire road.
Duration: 3 hours
Bring: Water, snacks, hat for sun protection, insect repellent (mosquitoes may be plentiful!), and other hiking essentials. If you have allergies, please bring your allergy remedy of choice - we want you to enjoy this trip!
Please note: Because of the sensitive nature of the environment, dogs are not allowed in Carpenter Valley, but are welcomed on every other Land Trust property.
This trip will be limited to 25 participants. Directions will be provided only to registered participants.
Carpooling (Riders, please bring $4 per hour of travel time to compensate drivers):
The Grass Valley/Nevada City carpool will meet at the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City. Meet in front of the Center. Carpools will leave promptly at 8:15 a.m.
The Auburn carpool will meet at Raley's, 13384 Lincoln Way in Auburn. Carpools will leave promptly at 8:15 a.m.

Gold Lakes Basin Weekend with Marin Chapter
Leader: Sue Chalpin
Saturday to Sunday, July 20-21, 2019
9:00 a.m.  
Bassetts Station
Highway 49 at Gold Lake Road
Sierra County
Marin CNPS is going to the high country this summer, joining with folks from the Redbud Chapter on a trip led by Redbud Member Susan Chalpin! We'll spend two days meandering the trails and enjoying the feast of blooms expected after the heavy snow year we had. Susan worked for the Forest Service before founding a consulting company that deals with wastewater systems and soil testing.
According to Toni Fauver, author of Wildflower Walking the Lakes Basin of the Northern Sierra, the Gold Lakes Basin is characterized by "many glaciated lakes, craggy Sierra Buttes, numerous trails and abundant wildflowers...the great diversity of the plants in this part of the northern Sierra is due partly to the migration of plants from northern California and Oregon mixed with the Sierran flora from the south, partly to the variations in elevation from 5,800 feet at Gray Eagle Lodge to 8,500 feet at the Sierra Buttes lookout and, finally, to the volcanic terrain that was re-formed by the action of glaciers."
Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Bassetts Station at the corner of Gold Lake Road and Highway 49 in Sierra County. Make your own arrangements for lodging; a variety of options can be found in the area, including campgrounds, lodges, and cabins, whether along Gold Lake Road or down Route 49 toward Downieville.
Please RSVP to Carolyn Longstreth at cklongstreth@gmail.com so we can keep track of how many to expect. This trip is offered to CNPS members only.

Frog Lake Overlook Wildflower Hike
organized by Linda Conklin
Led by Sue Chalpin, with Shane Hanofee as assistant leader
Saturday, July 27, 2019
9:00 a.m.
Pacific Crest Trailhead
Tahoe National Forest
General description: This is a moderately difficult 7-mile round-trip hike with an amazing display of spring wildflowers. The trail will be rocky with obstacles and most likely wet and muddy. The trip is organized by Linda Conklin, led by Sue Chalpin, with Shane Hanofee as assistant leader.
The hike: The hike begins in a forest of White Firs, Lodgepole Pines and Western White Pines, with views to the south and of Castle Peak to the west. It then reaches a meadow filled with Arrowleaf Balsamroot, Mule's Ear and more. It levels out temporarily to cross a tributary of the South Fork of Prosser Creek. At the crossing, Monkey Flowers and Alpine Lilies can also be found.
The steep climb continues after the creek crossing, as the trail makes its way up to a saddle, where there is a four-way junction. The right-most trail leads to Frog Lake Overlook at the top of Peak 8653 and the edge of Frog Lake Cliff. This is a good lunch place. Castle Peak is directly west, and Northstar is visible to the southeast.
Elevation at trailhead: 7,125 ft
Elevation at Frog Lake Overlook: 8653 ft
Elevation gain and loss: 1528 ft
Directions to the trailhead: I-80 to the Boreal exit. Turn right, then left toward the Pacific Crest (PCT) trailhead parking lot (free). Vaulted toilets are available
What to bring wear/bring: Sturdy hiking boots or shoes, water, lunch, bug repellent, first aid, sunblock, any allergy medications you may need.
Please RSVP: https://forms.gle/5uR8BWVaZyzoGxwM8 The trip is limited to 20 people.

Discovery Trail Family Nature Hike
Leader: Linda Conklin
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Bowman Road
Come join Linda Conklin for a short guided jaunt through the tall pines at Sierra Discovery Trail! This trail is perfect for people of all ages as a level and easy 0.8 mile loop that packs a lot of nature into a short hike. The area adjoins wet meadows and a creek with a small waterfall. There is also a picnic area for having lunch afterwards. A perfect Saturday stroll for the whole family! Discovery Trail is off Bowman Road, accessible from Hwy 20 East from Nevada City.
Check for more details on Redbud website and Facebook page as date approaches.
We need an assistant leader for this hike, to make it happen. Volunteer at nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org.