Field Trips and Events


Corn Spring, Saturday, March 25th, 2017. Leader: Michelle Cloud-Hughes.
Corn Spring is in the heart of the Chuckwalla Mountains of Riverside County and is the center of distribution for the newlydescribed cholla Cylindropuntia chuckwallensis. Michelle will explain how this cactus was able to hide in plain sight for so long and what distinguishes it as a unique species. Corn Spring also features a number of other cactus species, including the mysterious Lophocereus, the eponymous palm spring, Hallís tetracoccus (Tetracoccus hallii), and, if the rainfall goddesses continue to smile upon us, a high diversity of annual wildflowers. Bring food, ample water, hat, sunscreen, camera, and your other usual field gear. Meet at the Corn Spring campground 8 miles south of the I-10 Corn Spring exit) at 10:00 am. The road from the interstate to the campground is fine for 2WD vehicles, but high clearance and/or 4WD is necessary for travel much beyond the campground. The southern entrance to Joshua Tree National Park is only 30 miles west of Corn Spring Ė make a weekend of it! Contact Michelle Cloud-Hughes at mcloudhughes AT gmail.com for details.

Short Canyon, Saturday April 1, 2017. Leader Naomi Fraga.
Short Canyon is a small desert canyon on the east side of the Sierra Nevada well known for its wildflower displays. We will explore the canyon and the sand dunes east of the parking area, where we will see a variety of desert annuals including and abundance of poppy and coreopsis and perhaps the rare Charlotte's phacelia (Phacelia nashiana). Other noteworthy plants along the way include Foothill Pines (Pinus sabiniana), Parry's nolina (Nolina parryi), and Palmerís oak (Quercus palmeri). Bring lunch, ample water, sunscreen and camera. Meet at the Short Canyon trailhead and parking area at 9:00 am. Four-wheel drive is advisable, high clearance strongly recommended. Contact Naomi Fraga at naomee AT gmail.com for details.

Pioneertown Mountains Preserve, Friday April 14, 2017. Leader Duncan Bell.
The Sawtooth Mountains are a small desert range that lie on the east side of the San Bernardino Mountains and are an area that has seen almost no botanical exploration until very recently. Recent explorations have shown the area to be home not to just a diversity of desert species but of coastal ones as well, making up a unique flora that includes a number of regional endemics such as Robisonís monardella (Monardella robisonii), the Joshua Tree poppy (Eschscholzia androuxii), and the Pioneertown Linanthus (Linanthus bernardinus) which is known only from the Sawtooth Mountains. We will meet at the Pipes Canyon Ranger Station 10:00 am and hike out from there. Be sure to bring lunch, ample water, sunscreen and a camera. Contact Duncan Bell at dbell AT rsabg.org for details. /

Mexican Flannelbush Hike on Otay Mountain, Saturday, April 15, 2017, 8:00 AM to 3:30 Leader: Jonathan Snapp-Cook.
Join us for a hike up the northwest flank of Otay Mountain in BLM's Otay Mountain Wilderness. We will retrace the path that Frank Gander and Carl Wolf took in 1936 to the botanically diverse Woodwardia Canyon. Otay Mountain provides habitat for many rare and beautiful plants. We expect to see Lepechinia ganderi (Ganderís pitcher sage), Delphinium cardinale (scarlet larkspur), Romneya trichocalyx (hairy Matilija poppy), Brodiaea orcuttii (Orcutt's brodiaea), Chamaebatia australis (southern mountain misery), Hesperocyparis forbesii (Tecate cypress) and Fremontodendron mexicanum (Mexican flannelbush). The hike is strenuous and on uneven terrain. It includes off-trail hiking. The first half of the hike will be fast-paced to allow more time at the upper elevations where the Mexican flannelbush grows. The hike is a 7-mile round trip. Space is limited to 15 participants. Please RSVP to Jonathan Snapp-Cook at snappcook AT gmail.com by April 7th to reserve a space and for directions to the meeting location. Please email your cell-phone number and how many are in your group.


Links to other sites with Botanical Field Trips
CNPS Channel Islands Chapter Activities
CNPS Los Angeles-Santa Monica Mountains Chapter
CNPS Orange County Chapter Field Trips
CNPS Riverside-San Bernardino Chapter
CNPS San Diego Chapter
CNPS San Gabriel Mountains Chapter
CNPS South Coast Chapter
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