Redbud Field Trips
All Redbud field
trips are free and open to non-members as well as members.
Unless stated otherwise, Redbud trips are easy, as we usually walk
stop to view, identify, talk about, and enjoy each plant species. Most
trips are led by at least one botanist.
water, lunch/snack, sun screen, hat, jacket, rain gear, and
hand lens, as needed. Children are warmly welcomed, but please arm them
whistle! No pets are allowed on Redbud field trips (service dogs are permitted).
sharing is recommended, as parking at most trailheads is limited. We
also suggest riders share the cost of gas, perhaps giving $5 to the
under 40 miles round-trip, more if longer.
trips will be canceled if heavy rain (or snow) is predicted.
It is hard to
predict when and where wildflowers bloom; wildflower displays may vary
depending upon weather patterns. A cold, long winter means
while natives blossom earlier if March is warm and dry.
To see native plants at their best, field
trip dates must be flexible. Trip
times, and locations are posted as soon as scheduled; check this
the Redbud Facebook page for updates.
For advance email notice of trips, sign up for the
Redbud Yahoo Listserv
(see Redbud homepage).
If you would like
to lead a field trip or know a good destination, please email
your write-up or
suggestion at least 2 weeks before the scheduled date to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see that it gets
The write-up should include: date and time, directions to meeting
place, what to
bring, distance and length
of time the
walk will take, difficulty and elevation change if known, and what
see and experience there.
addition to the trips described
below, watch for more 2017 Field Trips coming soon, including:
Learn about the botanical legacy of the Lewis and Clark Expedition with
trip led by our June "Passionate about (Native) Plants" speaker, Bob
Smart's Crossing, Alta
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 9am
Time and Location for Carpooling: Parking is limited at the trailhead
so carpooling is encouraged. Meet at 8:40am at Sierra Market (MarVal)
575 S. Auburn St, Colfax, CA.
Description: We will walk on a dirt road down to the Bear River below
Drum Powerhouse Road in Alta, CA. What is in bloom:
False Solomon's Seal, Larkspur, Bleeding Hearts, Striped Coral Root,
Pacific Sedum, and others.
Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. 100+ ft elevation change, + 2 miles roundtrip.
Bring: Water, snacks, insect repellant, hat for sun protection and other hiking essentials.
This hike is limited to 20 participants. Please RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/L3hHX9FH5qL6t1ZB2.
Robie Trail near Sliger
Mine to Canyon Creek
Between Cool and Greenwood
Saturday, May 13
8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. (or
at the Holiday Market in the back of the parking lot on the corner of
49 and 193 in Cool at 8:30am.
is more of an adventure hike than a wildflower walk. Canyon Creek is 4
miles in and we will go out the same way. We will see lots of
wildflowers and at Canyon Creek will be a beautiful floral garden. We
will be above the Middle Fork of the American River with great views
and some interesting mining history. A plant list is available by
email. If rain is forecast the
hike will be canceled.
of Difficulty: Moderate (8 miles total). The first part is a little
steep, then it is gentle ups and downs the rest of the way.
Lunch, water, and all the hiking essentials.
Information: Diane Cornwall at email@example.com, 530-888-1404
and Cell 805-279-2906.
Note: date changed from Saturday, May 6,
to Sunday, May 7!
Sunday, May 7, 9:00 a.m
Directions: Meet at the parking lot for Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter
at 14647 McCourtney Road. From the Nevada County Fairgrounds drive
about 4 miles south of Grass Valley on McCourtney Rd. The Animal
Shelter driveway is a left turn just before the Nevada County Transfer
Station. Parking space is limited and carpooling is advised. Important: check the Redbud web
pages for possible changes in the meeting place.
Meeting Time and Location for Carpooling: Meet at 8:45 am at Raley’s,
Pine Creek Shopping Center, 692 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley
Duration: 3 hours
We will visit a population of Stebbin’s Morning Glory (Calystegia
stebbinsii), a California endangered plant in Nevada County. Our tour
of Nevada County managed land will include areas of recent vegetation
treatments using hand clearing and low intensity fire. These treatments
are intended to establish new populations of Stebbins’ Morning Glory.
We’ll also look for additional rare plants of this uncommon chaparral:
Sanborn’s Onion, Sierra Brodiaea, Mother Lode Yampah, Chaparral Sedge,
California Flannel Bush and McNab’s Cypress.
leaders Denise Della Santina and Karen Callahan are managers for the CA
Dept. of Fish & Wildlife grant to preserve the Stebbins’
Morning-glory and its habitat. Denise is the Restoration Ecologist for
Sierra Streams Institute and Redbud Chapter’s Conservation Chairperson.
Karen is the Rare Plant Chairperson for Redbud Chapter.
of Difficulty: Easy.
Bring: Water, snacks, hat for sun protection and other hiking
Contact info: Please contact Karen at 530.272.5532 if you have
Nature Walks in the Loomis/Rocklin Area
Friday, May 12, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
St. Francis Woods, Rocklin. For specific address, directions,
carpool information, please RSVP by noon on Thursday, May 11.
Carpooling is recommended because of
limited or for-fee parking.
Description: The first walk is
in a natural home landscape on 1.3 acres in the St. Francis Woods,
gated community. We will see a creek and wetlands,
pond/water garden, and oak woodlands.
here we will walk to the Nature Trail Preserve on the Rocklin Campus of
Sierra College for a tour of the preserve's short nature trail loops
(1/4 and 3/4 miles).
Preserve includes “local foothill oak woodland and the streamside or
riparian communities of Secret Ravine... [The foothill oak woodland
features] interior live oak, blue oak, foothill (digger) pine,
California buckeye, toyon and coyote brush... [which] are adapted to
dry, hot summers and fairly wet, cool winters.
woodland riparian zone is characterized by water-loving plants such as
willow, Freemont cottonwood, white alder and Himalayan berry. The shade
and coolness of the creek area provides an oasis for less heat-tolerant
species during the summer months.
“The Nature Trail
was designed and constructed by members of the Sierra College Science
their faculty advisors in the 1960's. …”
Level of difficulty: Easy
Water and other hiking essentials. You may want to bring a
lunch in order to continue discussions about what we have seen and
learned that morning.
Mt. Howell CalFire
April 29, 2017 at 9:30am
at Marval's Sierra Market,
575 S Auburn St., Colfax at 9:30 am
Description: We will visit an ongoing restoration project on a 38-acre site
showing the results of “historical” low
intensity fire and the varying plant community responses.
The site represents a sub-climax conifer forest-oak woodland
representative of conditions during the Gold Rush era. This site
showcases hundreds of gorgeous wildflowers, including Wild Ginger,
Yellow Star Tulips, Fawn Lilies, Sierra Iris, Brown Bells, Western
Waterleaf, and many more.
Most are new since the burning, possibly sprouting from seed-banks that
may be as much as 4 decades old, so there may be
surprises. This hike will be limited to 15 participants.
of Trip: Approx. 2 hours
of Difficulty: Moderate. Elevation change is 300 vertical feet over
less than a mile.
Bring: Water, snacks, insect repellant, hat for sun protection and
other hiking essentials.
Contact info: RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/agvbq1J6U2wvB2M23
Codfish Falls Trail
Thursday April 20,
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
at NW corner of the Raley’s parking lot in Auburn on Lincoln Way.
Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA) parking pass is needed at the
This beautiful hike, less than 4 miles
roundtrip, is on the North Fork of the American River on Ponderosa
Way out of Weimar. The trail is near the river, so there will be great
river views. Hopefully the water fall will still be flowing. The
wildflowers are always abundant and there are many species. Plant list
can be emailed to you. If the road is not graded, the hike will be
canceled. If rain is forecast the hike will be canceled.
of Difficulty: Easy
Water, lunch, and other hiking essentials. Hand lens and wildflower
books are nice to bring along.
information: Diane Cornwall at firstname.lastname@example.org, 530-888-1404
and cell 805-279-2906
Bear River Field Trip
Rare Plant Treasure Hunt and Bio-Blitz Botanical Survey of Site of
Proposed Centennial Reservoir
on the Bear River.
Date and Time:
Sunday, April 2, 2017
to 1:00 p.m.
County Bear River Park and Campground,
2500 Campground Road,
Colfax, CA 95713
at the Day Use area, which is the first parking
lot after you enter the Park.
the plants, vegetation communities, wildlife and their habitats, and
riparian ecology at a site along the Bear River that is within the
proposed Centennial Reservoir inundation zone.
the Park’s average elevation of 1,800 feet exists a diversity of plant
life, from willows and alders at the river’s edge, to towering
ponderosa pines and Douglas firs along the hiking trails.
a bit early in the season to confirm the rare Brandegee’s clarkia or
Humboldt’s lily in flower, but we will visit their potential habitat,
and may see their leaves. We will search for Cantelow’s lewesia leaves
on rock crevasses.
will definitely see flowering bleeding hearts, hound’s tongue and
trillium, as well as sedum, giant chain fern, and blue elderberry large
enough to host the federally threatened valley elderberry
Drinking water is not available at
the Park, so bring your own water.
For questions, email Denise at
clearcreeknatives [at] gmail.com.
Grass Valley/Nevada City, take 174 South to Hwy 80 West.
Hwy 80, take the West Weimar Crossroads exit. Go North 1.5 miles. Turn
Placer Hills Road to Plum Tree Road (2.5 mi.). Turn left on Plum Tree
biloba ssp. brandegeeae. Photo
by Dean Wm. Taylor, © 2005.
3/26 Fairy Falls Hike CANCELED-- Spenceville Wildlife Area is CLOSED to hikers during
turkey hunting season,
starting March 25.
Field Trip for Sunday,
Wildflower Walk: South Yuba Trail
Sunday, March 26
beautiful views of the
river and rock formations, the trail first goes along Poorman Creek,
follows the South Yuba downstream.
early wildflowers are blooming now, including Sierra Fawn Lily, Milk
Grand Hound’s Tongue, Buttercups, and Seepspring Monkey Flower. The trail is easy to
moderate, some up and
down but no steep elevation changes or climbing over rocks. Plan on leaving the
trailhead at 10 am and
returning to the trailhead after 2 pm.
time and location:
car-pooling, meet at the Full
Circle Demonstration Garden at the Nevada County Government Center
Center) on Maidu Ave, just off of Highway 49 in Nevada City at 9:30 AM.
you wish to meet us at the
trailhead at 9:45, drive through the town of Washington, cross over the
and head straight up Gaston Road. Within 0.3 mile, turn left (west)
Hill Road. Drive west to Poorman Creek Bridge (1.7 mile). Then continue
mile to the signed access road to the South Yuba Trail dropping sharply
left. Some cars may have a difficult time getting back up
this hill, so if
you are in doubt, it is best to park on the road and walk
Hike to Fairy
Falls in the Spenceville Wildlife Area
Sunday, March 26, 2017
highlight of Spenceville is Fairy Falls (aka Shingle Falls), which
a steep rock cliff into a large pool set in a rocky bowl. The falls
area is approximately
2½ miles from the trailhead.
About 345’ in
elevation, these foothills are dotted with
Valley and Blue Oaks and are primed for the earliest of wildflowers. This hike is
about 5 miles round trip with 150’
gain hiking to the falls. It
is an easy hike with gentle
comes early to the Fairy Falls area, because of its
relatively low elevation. So
many plants in bloom, such as buttercups, blue dicks, buck
brush, wild cucumber, violets, shooting stars, popcorn
flowers, red maids, redbud, monkey flowers, tufted poppy, and
This hike is limited to 20
RSVP by Thursday,
March 2 by clicking the link: https://goo.gl/forms/FNltzKZp4EwxjHZt2
. You will be
the hike is rescheduled due to rain.
Carpool: If you want to carpool,
meet at 9:00 a.m. at
the Park-and-Ride at the intersection of Hwy 20 and Rough and
near Penn Valley (NOT the other
Park-and-Ride in the Penn Valley area at Hwy 20 and Pleasant Valley
Lake Wildwood). If you can take
someone or need a ride, please indicate your interest in carpooling in
will meet at the trailhead on Saturday, March
4, at 10:00 a.m. If you are carpooling, you must meet at 9:00 a.m. at
the Hwy 20/Rough & Ready Road Park and Ride in order to get to
trailhead by 10:00 a.m. The carpool meeting place
is about a 9-minute drive from the Marysville/Hwy 20 exit from Hwy
49. The trailhead
is about 45 minutes/14+ miles from the carpool meeting place. We expect
to return to the trailhead about 2:00 pm. Please bring
lots of water, sunscreen, rain gear/windbreaker, hat.
to find trailhead:
Get detailed driving
instructions here, as well as
the Spenceville Wilderness Area map.
Note: There is no cell coverage in this area!
More area description: Two links of
value in learning
more about this area:
https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Lands/Places-to-Visit/Spenceville-WA and Friends
of Spenceville at http://spenceville.org/. The Friends
of Spenceville page has lots of
information, including wildflowers and wildlife, much of it presented
own Redbud member, Julie Carville.
Plant Checklist in pdf form is by Redbud member David Magney, CNPS Rare Plant Program Manager.
with Redbud is
one of the benefits of membership! We hope you can join us!!
questions, use the RSVP link, above.