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Past 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 slowly and stop to view, identify, talk about, and enjoy each plant species. Most of our trips are led by at least one botanist.
 
 


 
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Junior Conservationists: Flora Lake
 
Saturday, September 8th, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
 
Location: The hike will begin at the Bear River Park and Campground
at the Day-Use Area, 2500 Campground Rd, Colfax, CA 95713
 
Join Bear Yuba Land Trust and Certified California Naturalist Steve Roddy as we continue our family series – Junior Conservationist: Stories in Nature. This time we will explore the wonders of Flora Lake.
 
This alpine lake is located near Donner Summit and offers spectacular views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains. Come explore nature and become a Junior Conservationist! Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking and comfortable clothing and bring plenty of water.
A conservationist is someone who advocates or acts for the protection and preservation of the environment and wildlife. These outings are designed for children ages 5 to 12, accompanied by a parent or other caregiver. Join us the second Saturday of every month as we explore local trails and discover the plants, animals, and history of each special region.
 
Suggested donation: $10 per family
Registration required.
Registration closes at 9:00 a.m. ONE business day before the event.
Space is limited. We encourage you to sign up early.
 
REGISTER NOW!
 
 
 


 
Riparian Trees and Shrubs at the Bear River
 
Tuesday, August 28th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
 
Location: The hike will begin at the Bear River Park and Campground
at the Day-Use Area, 2500 Campground Rd, Colfax, CA 95713
 
 
Join us for an evening hike along the Bear River while you learn about the trees and shrubs that inhabit its banks and how they are an important part of a healthy river. This field trip, co-hosted with South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), will be led by two plant experts: SYRCL’s scientist and plant expert Betsy Harbert and Redbud Education Chair and Wolf Creek Community Alliance biologist, Josie Crawford.
 
We will learn to identify local species of trees and shrubs, their place in the river ecosystem, and how this area could be affected if the Centennial Dam is built.
 
This easy walk will last approximately an hour and a half and cover about two miles of mostly flat, shady trail along the clear, cool waters of the Bear River, at a botanist’s pace (slow).
 
Please RSVP to Daniel Belshe at Daniel@yubariver.org.
 
 
 
Sierra Buttes Wildflower Weekend
Redbud Members Only
 
Friday, June 29 – Sunday, July 1, 2018
 
Sierra Nevada Field Campus,
San Francisco State University
 
 
 
Join us for a wildflower-filled weekend trip to the Sierra Buttes area! We will drive up to the SF State Sierra Nevada Field Campus the afternoon of Friday, June 29th. Accommodations will be at the Field Campus either in provided platform tents or you can bring your own tent. Meals will occur at the Dining Hall. We will have field trips both Saturday and Sunday and will return home on Sunday, July 1st in the afternoon. This trip is intended for people who are interested in spending the weekend focused on exploring the plants of the area!
 
Accommodations/Meals: (Weekend totals):
  • Field Campus lodging and meals: $136.00.
  • With your tent or RV + shower access and meals: $112.00.
  • There is a $20.00 processing fee if you cancel.
To request registration forms and more detailed information about the schedule and activities, please email nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org. You must register, pay fees, and sign waiver forms by May 20, 2018 to reserve your spot for the Sierra Buttes Wildflower Weekend Trip. This trip is limited to 20 participants and is first come, first served. The waivers will be emailed to you after you submit your registration. We will not hold a spot for partial enrollment.
 
 
 

 
 
Redbud Chapter Field Trip
to Lower Carpenter Valley
 

This trip is FULL!
Those not registered in advance cannot join the group.
 

Saturday, June 23rd, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 
Carpenter Valley Road off Hwy 89
 
 
Join us on a hike of Truckee Donner Land Trust’s recently acquired Lower Carpenter Valley! This preserve includes wet meadow, freshwater emergent wetland, riverine, 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 and other hiking essentials.
 
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: provided to those registered.
 
Questions?  Email Jeanne at nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org.
 
 

 
Maidu
Saturday, May 12th
Maidu Center, Roseville  -  $5 Admission.
 
Learn about native plants historically important to the Maidu Tribe. Leader: Maidu Center Docent.  
 

 
 
Endangered Stebbins' Morning-glory Field Trip
 
Sunday, May 6th, 9:00 a.m.
 

Description: We will visit a population of Stebbins' Morning-glory (Calystegia stebbinsii), a federally-listed endangered plant species that grows only in Nevada and El Dorado Counties. Our tour of the 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. The chaparral habitat surrounding the Stebbins' Morning-glory is also is home to six other rare species: Sanborn’s Onion, Sierra Brodiaea, Mother Lode Yampah, Chaparral Sedge, California Flannel Bush, and McNab Cypress.
 
Trip leaders Denise Della Santina and Karen Callahan were managers for the California Department of Fish and 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.
 
 
Difficulty: easy.
 
Duration: 3 hours.
 
Bring: Water, snacks, hat for sun protection and other hiking essentials.
 
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.
Whitestem Frasera (Frasera albicaulus)
 
Meeting Time and Location for Carpooling: Meet at 8:45 am at Raley’s, Pine Creek Shopping Center, 692 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley. Important: check the Redbud web pages for updates and details about the meeting place.
 
Registration is optional but recommended: https://goo.gl/forms/WZsFJiYoMTxMeQ8g2.
 
Contact info: Please contact Karen at 530.272.5532 if you have questions.
 
 
 

 
 
Mt. Howell Cal Fire Lookout Station Field Trip
 
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
 

Description: We will visit an ongoing restoration project on a 38-acre site demonstrating how practices such as low intensity broadcast-burning promote forest resiliency and the health and diversity of native flora; enrich the soil; and reduce fuel load and invasive weeds, thus improving fire safety. Many native plants respond positively to periodic low-temperature burning, and some require fire to germinate.
 
The Mt. Howell 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 Gooseberry, Brown Bells, Sierra Iris, Western Waterleaf, and many more. Most are new since the burning, possibly sprouting from seed-banks that may be as much as four decades old, so there may be surprises.
 
 
This hike will be limited to 20 participants.
 
Length of Trip: 2 hours; participants are welcome to stay longer if they have questions or would like to see more.
 
Bring: Water, snacks, insect repellant, hat for sun protection, windbreaker, and other hiking essentials.
 
Meeting Time and Location for Carpooling: Meet at Marval's Sierra Market, 575 S. Auburn St., Colfax at 12:45 p.m.
 
 
To sign-up for this field trip, RSVP at:  
https://goo.gl/forms/59KApNLpG6JwvMmA3
 
Questions? Contact us through the RSVP site (above), or email nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org
 

 
Buttermilk Bend Field Trip
South Yuba River State Park
 
Friday, April 13th, 2018, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley
 
Trip Leader: Karen Loro, South Yuba River State Park Docent
 
 
Description: From the Buttermilk Bend Trail, we will see spectacular views of the South Yuba River and a profusion of spring wildflowers and butterflies. The grassy hillsides are covered with neon orange annual Tufted Poppy, and along the sunny trail look for Bush Lupine, Sky Lupine, Spider Lupine, Blue Dicks, Common Fiddleneck, Ground Iris, Zigzag Larkspur, Foothill Penstemon, Bird's Eye Gilia, Lace Pod, Pipevine, Woodland Stars, and Fairy Lanterns. Shrubs include Western Redbud, Gaping Penstemon, California Buckeye, and Bush Monkeyflower. See Redbud’s guide to Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties (2nd Edition 2017) page 22.
 
 
The trail is mostly level and about 3 miles round trip. Elevation: 560'
 
Habitats: Foothill Woodland, Rock Outcrops, Riparian
 
Facilities: Restrooms, picnic tables, Information Center, no drinking water.
 
Bring: Hat, sunscreen, water, snacks (watch out for poison oak).
 
There is a $3.00 donation to the South Yuba River State Park per person. Parking is $5.00, and is strictly enforced.  
 
This trip will be limited to 15 participants. RSVP/Register at https://goo.gl/forms/DzLNOwsApti1GYMr1.
 
Please RSVP for the [field trip name] and find out about carpooling, sign up at this link.
 
Questions? Need more information? Email: nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org.
 
Directions: Take Hwy 20 west from Grass Valley, turn right onto Pleasant Valley Road near Penn Valley, and go 8 miles to South Yuba River State Park (17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley). Meet by the picnic table at the Trailhead in the North Parking lot by the Information kiosk . There is a bathroom in the Parking Lot.
 
Questions? Email nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org
 
 

 

Family Time – Take a Hungry, Hungry Hike
at the Placer Nature Center

Saturday, March 31, 2018
10:00 a.m.

Placer Nature Center
3700 Christian Valley Road, Auburn, Ca 95602

Description: Join Docent Linda on a walk on the nature trail and discover how many ways common plants can help families live. The 1-mile Nature Trail winds through beautiful oak woodland. Rain or Shine. This program is a joint effort with the Redbud Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and the Placer Nature Center.

The Placer Nature Center is a 5-acre preserve in the Sierra Foothills home to various species of wildlife and native plants. Placer Nature Center delivers community-based, volunteer supported environmental education programs to children, families, schools, and community groups.

For more information on the Placer Nature Center, please visit their website: http://placernaturecenter.org.

Suggested donation to Placer Nature Center: $10 per family.

Please RSVP -- but drop-ins are also welcome!

Length of Trip: approximately 1 hour, includes activities for children and families.

Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Can be slippery on wet trails during the winter.

Warning! Watch out for ticks, poison oak, and rattlesnakes.

Bring: Water, snacks, insect repellant, hat for sun protection, windbreaker, and other hiking essentials.

Location: 3700 Christian Valley Road, Auburn, Ca 95602

Questions? Email nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org or call Placer Nature Center at 530-878-6053.




Sierra College Nature Area Field Trip
Trip Leader: Shawna Martinez

Saturday, March 24th
10:00 a.m. (Duration: 2 – 3 hours)

 



Sierra College, Rocklin Campus
5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95677[City]
 
Note: Free parking on Saturday.
 
What We Will See: We will be hiking on the cross-country path in the nature area, traverse across Secret Ravine Creek to a unique geologic area and Native American site. Along the way we will (hopefully) see common foothill wildflowers including Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), Wally Basket and other Triteleia, California Saxifrage (Micranthes californica), Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii), Woodland Star (Lithophragma affine) and a host of native trees, shrubs, and grasses. Depending upon rain, we might see many species of fungi.
 
We will also discuss the development future of this area (and south Placer as a whole) and how we have a unique opportunity to preserve this 90 + acre area for future generations.

 
Level of difficulty: Easy. Trail is wide and gently sloping.
Bring: Water, snacks, and other hiking essentials. Hand lens and wildflower books are nice to bring along. Don’t forget the new Wildflowers book is now on sale!
 
Please RSVP if you are interested in attending: https://goo.gl/forms/T3j0UJMZGV10Zwxp2 or email nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org.
 
Directions will be provided at time of registration.
 
THIS TRIP WILL BE LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS. We will post when the trip is full, and you will not be able to complete the RSVP form.
 

 
 
Hike to Fairy Falls
Spenceville Wildlife Area
Field Trip Sunday, March 18th, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
 
 
 
Fairy Falls tumble over a steep rock cliff into a large pool. With recent rains keeping the river high, the falls should be beautiful.
 
This easy hike is about 5 miles round trip with a gentle 150’ elevation change. The falls are about 2.5 miles from the trailhead. We will be in the low foothills, where spring comes early. We should see buttercups, blue dicks, buck brush, wild cucumber, violets, shooting stars, popcorn flowers, red maids, redbud, monkey flowers, tufted poppy, and manzanita.
 
Please RSVP by Thurs., March, 15 using this link. The hike is limited to 25 participants.
 
We will meet at the trailhead on Sunday, March 18th, at 10:00 a.m. If you are carpooling, meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Hwy 20/Rough & Ready Road Park and Ride.
 
Detailed directions to the trailhead will be sent to those who RSVP.
 
Note: There is no cell coverage in this area!
 
Please bring: water, snacks/lunch, sunscreen, rain gear (if needed), windbreaker, and hat.
 
 
Questions? use the RSVP link (above), or email nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org.
 

 
Exploring Bryophytes of the Sierra Nevada Foothills
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
Bridgeport Crossing - South Yuba River State Park  
17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley, CA 95946
 
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What are Bryophytes? Bryophytes are small, non-flowering plants that generally grow in large, dense colonies on trees, rocks, and soil. The most well-known are the mosses (e.g., sphagnum moss), but liverworts and hornworts are also bryophytes. These tiny wonders are best appreciated close-up through a hand lens.
 
Ecologically, Bryophytes play important roles in transforming barren areas by beginning the soil formation process, maintaining soil moisture and making nutrients available to other plants.
 
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What we will see: Bridgeport features trails along the South Yuba River through grassy hillsides and patches of oak woodland including four species of native oaks, Bigleaf Maple, Blue Elderberry, Snowdrop Bush, and California Bay. We’ll have opportunities to see Bryophytes in a variety of micro-climates and on a variety of host trees.
Redbud is very fortunate to have as our leader for this field trip Jim Shevock -- researcher, author, world expert on Bryophytes, and President of the Bryophyte Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Jim will be providing a guide to Bryophytes to participants.
 
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From Grass Valley, take Hwy 20 West to Pleasant Valley Road and turn right. From Auburn, take Hwy 49 North toward Grass Valley. Turn left on Hwy 20 (west) and then right on Pleasant Valley Road. After about 7.7 miles, you will arrive at the marked parking area. Parking is $5 and enforced regularly.
 
What to bring: Water, snacks/lunch, hat, sun and/or rain protection/gear, and hand lens.
 
Please RSVP for the Bryophyte field trip and find out about carpooling, sign up at this link.
 
Questions? Need more information? Email: nativeplanthelp@redbud-cnps.org.
 
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About Jim Shevock: Jim retired in 2009 from public service with a botanical career spanning more than 30 years between the USDA Forest Service and the National Park Service. He is currently a research associate and fellow at the California Academy of Sciences, Department of Botany and a research associate at the University Herbarium, UC Berkeley.  Initially a vascular plant taxonomist by training with a focus on the flora of the southern Sierra Nevada, Jim migrated to the study of bryophytes (primarily mosses) in the late 1990s. He is a co-author of ‘California Mosses’ which provides a portal into the wonderful diversity of California mosses with nearly 2,200 color images. His plant collections, just over 51,000 specimens, are housed at the herbarium of the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) with selected duplicates provided to major bryophyte herbaria around the world. Jim has 7 flowering plants and 6 mosses named in his honor included the moss genus Shevockia, endemic to China and Japan. Jim is the current President of the Bryophyte Chapter, CNPS.
 

 
Fall Color at Rock Creek Trail
 
Saturday, November 4, 2017 9:00am [Rescheduled]
Rock Creek Nature Trail (off Highway 20, on Forest Road 20-3)
 
 
 
We visited this trail in the spring to appreciate the diversity of orchid species and are now returning to enjoy fall colors!
 
Early November is a great time to visit Rock Creek to see Mountain and Creek Dogwoods, Big Leaf Maples, California Hazelnuts, and other California Natives put on a show!
 
Restrooms and picnic tables at trailhead. This hike is suitable for children; we encourage families to attend.
 
Directions: Drive Highway 20 east from Nevada City for 6 miles. Make a left turn at the “Forestry Conservation Camp” sign and follow the paved road for about a mile. Look for the “Rock Creek Nature Trail” sign at the left turn. Drive about 1.5 miles of unpaved road to the trailhead parking.
 
Please RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/GPohWqaQvsWhdTM23.
 
Carpooling is encouraged so please let us know if you are interested in carpooling in the RSVP form and we will pick an appropriate location to meet.
 
Bring: Lots of water, sunscreen, rain gear/windbreaker, and hat. Plan to bring a sack lunch to extend the opportunity to continue native-plant conversations.
 

 
 
Summit Valley Field Trip
Wednesday, August 16th, 2017  
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
 
There are still lots of wildflowers in the high country!
 
Check out this hike from our new Redbud book, Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, 2d Edition.
 
Field Trip Leaders: Karen Loro and Art Clark

Trail description (See Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer Counties, 2d Edition, pages 40-41): At 6,700’ elevation, Summit Valley, the site of the former Lake Van Norden, is surrounded by peaks up to 8,000’. Snowmelt from these peaks flows into the valley to become the headwaters of the South Fork of the Yuba River. Paths into the north side of the meadow feature abundant wildflowers into late summer, including Paintbrush, Elephant ‘s Heads, Goldenrod, Brewer’s Lupine, Western Bistort, and many more. This is great bird habitat so you may want to bring your binoculars.
Directions: From I-80 East toward Donner Summit, take Exit 174 to Norden/Soda Springs. Drive about one mile on Hwy 40/Donner Pass Road and turn right on Soda Springs Road. Cross the railroad tracks and turn left before the bridge over the Yuba River into a large gravel parking lot. We will meet at the parking lot.

Please RSVP to Karen at nettlesk@me.com  so we know how many are coming.
 
What to bring: Water, lunch and snacks, hat, and sunscreen. Optional: hand lens, binoculars, and bug repellent.
 
If you would like to buy Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer County, 2nd Edition, at this hike, email Jeanne at treasurer@redbud-cnps.org. Must pre-order before the hike to buy at the members’ price of $27.50; non-members’ price is $32.00, tax included. (Cash or check only).
 


Barker Peak Field Trip
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017  
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 
 
Field Trip Leader: Karen Loro
 
Trail description: The Barker Peak trail is 2.5 miles one way, and ranges from 7,700’ to 8,100’ elevation. Because of the high elevation, striking wildflower displays continue well into summer. The trail is described in Julie Carville’s wonderful book, Tahoe’s Spectacular Wildflower Trails, and rated moderate to difficult.

Directions: Drive 4.5 mi. South of Tahoe City on Highway 89 and turn West (right) on Barker Pass Rd. (same as Blackrock). Just after you turn onto Barker Pass Road, there is a paved parking lot next to bathrooms with toilets -- facilities at the trailhead are closed.
 
From the junction with Hwy 89, you will drive about 7.5 miles to the trailhead on a road that ranges from paved to dirt/gravel. The trailhead for Barker Peak is also used to access the Pacific Crest Trail.
 
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This will be an ALL day hike. Plan on returning to our cars by 6 pm. We take our time and enjoy the views and wildflowers. In addition to the 5 mile hike, we will check out some nearby meadows that hopefully will still have nice flowers. The views are spectacular!
To RSVP/ask questions, email Karen at nettlesk@me.com. She will already be up at the Lake, so she will not be carpooling. For last minute needs, call 530 * 798 * 0815.
 
What to bring: At least 2 quarts of water, lunch and snacks, hat, and sunscreen. Optional: hand lens, walking stick(s), and bug repellent.
If you would like to buy the new Redbud book Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer County, 2nd Edition at this hike, please email Jeanne at treasurer@redbud-cnps.org.

 
Mt. Judah Field Trip
  

Wednesday, August 2th, 2017  
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
Field Trip Leaders:  Christina Slowick and Karen Loro
Tail description: The 4.6 mile Mt. Judah Loop trail starts at Donner Summit near Sugar Bowl, climbing to Mt. Judah peak with beautiful views of Donner Lake, Mount Rose, Anderson and Castle Peaks, the Sierra Buttes, and more. Following the Pacific Crest Trail for part of the loop, the trail is moderate and involves significant elevation change (climbing/descending).
What we will see: In addition to the amazing views, we will see a wide variety of wildflowers in bloom. Because of the late snowmelt, many early wildflowers are still blooming while later flowers are also blooming because of recent warm weather.
 
Directions: Drive to Sugar Bowl Resort. The group will meet at the turn-off to the Mt. Judah parking Lot and drive from there.
 
Those in the Auburn/Colfax area interested in carpooling can make arrangements with Christina (530-613-9616).
 
Those in Nevada City/Grass Valley who would like to carpool can respond by email to Karen Loro nettlesk@me.com, and will meet at Uren St. in Nevada City at 7:30 am.
 
What to bring: At least 2 quarts of water, lunch and snacks, hat, and sunscreen. Optional: hand lens, walking stick(s), and bug repellent.
 
If you would like to buy the new Redbud book Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer County, 2nd Edition at this hike, please email Jeanne at treasurer@redbud-cnps.org.
 

 
 
Castle Pass Field Trip
Saturday, July 22, 2017 8:30 a.m.
 
Field trip leader: Susan Chalpin
 
Meeting Location: Take Boreal/Castle Peak exit off Highway 80 East (Exit 176). Turn right at the stop sign. Take an immediate left at the T intersection, and go approximately 1/4 mile to the parking lot.
 
Hike Description: The diversity of plant communities is amazing, including meadows, wildflowers abounding along streams, granite erratics, and the biggest western white pine Susan has ever seen!
 
Difficulty: The trail is moderate and graduates up to volcanic Castle Pass where the vistas are incredible. Approximately 5 miles round trip.
 
This trip will be limited to 10 participants. RSVP required. You will receive an email confirmation on the evening of Friday, July 21.
 
What to bring: Snacks / lunch, lots of water, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and hat; walking stick(s) may also be helpful.
 

 
 
Sagehen Creek Field Trip
Thursday, June 29, 8:45 a.m.
 
Special Guest: Bob Case, Redbud Speaker on  
“The Botanical Legacy of Lewis and Clark.”
 
Field Trip Leader:  Julie Carville, author of
Tahoe's Spectacular Wildflower Trails*

 
Trail description: The Sagehen Creek Trail is an easy to moderate, mostly level walk of about 5 miles round-trip (2.5 miles each way). At this time of year, the trail is filled with a large variety of wildflowers. At the trail 's end, we'll arrive at a meadow of wildflowers by Stampede Reservoir, which is a pretty lake, where we can swim to cool down in either the lake or in the creek, so bring bathing suits. We 'll picnic in the shade of conifers. Julie will bring some of John Muir 's writing to add to the fun at lunch!
 
What we expect to see: We should see Marsh Marigolds and Western Polemoniums, and maybe Alpine Gentians, in a lovely, small meadow at the trail's beginning. Along the trail are Star Lavenders, Brown's Peonies and their large fleshy seed pods, several species of Lupines, Mule 's Ears, Balsamroots, Serviceberries, Bog Saxifrages, Self Heal, Richardson's Geraniums, Graceful Phlox, and possibly Dwarf Chamaesarachas, if they aren't under the lake's water.
We should also see Sierra Shooting Stars, Mahala Mat, Baker 's and Mountain Violets, carpets of Low Phacelias, several species of Butterweeds, Columbines, Valerians, Western Waterleaf, Bitterbrush, Sand corn, Corn Lilies, and other flowers -- and a beaver dam and lodge!
 
This hike is suitable for children; we encourage families to attend.
 
 
Directions: From Truckee on Interstate 80, take the Sierraville exit north onto Highway 89. At the first roundabout, follow the sign toward Donner Pass Road. At the next two roundabouts, head toward Sierraville. The unsigned Sagehen trailhead is reached in 7.4 miles from I-80, just after the highway crosses a cement bridge over Sagehen Creek. Turn down into the parking area on the east side of the highway. The parking area is small so carpooling is encouraged.
 
Please arrive by 8:45, we will leave on the hike by 9:00 a.m. sharp to take advantage of the cool morning. Should be back to our cars by 3:00 p.m. at the latest, and if people need to return early, the trail is clear and easy to follow back to the parking area.
 
Please RSVP to Jeanne at president@redbud-cnps.org. Include name, email address, cell phone number, number of adults in your group, and number of children, if any. If you can give someone a ride or need a ride, please provide details, and we'll try to coordinate carpooling.
 
You will receive an email reply to your RSVP, and a reminder email the evening before the hike, confirming the trailhead meeting time and any carpool arrangements.
 
Bring: Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, good mosquito repellent, rain gear/windbreaker (depending on weather), and lunch.
 
*If you would like to buy a copy of Julie's book, please email her at mtngypsy1@sbcglobal.net to place an order and she can deliver it to you at Sagehen. To pick it up before June 29, email Julie to make arrangements. The cost including tax is $32.50; please bring exact change or pay by check (no credit cards). If you are a Redbud member, Julie will donate 10% of the price to Redbud.
 

 
Rock Creek Field Trip (Family-friendly)
 
 
Saturday, June 10 at 9:00 a.m.
 
Trip leader: Jeanne Wilson
 
Description from the new Redbud Wildflowers book, 2nd edition:
 
"Rock Creek Nature Trail meanders along Rock Creek among diverse riparian and forest plant life. Just under 1 mile in length, the trail is unique for the number of orchid species to be found there. Look for Phantom Orchid, Spotted Coralroot Orchid, Striped Coralroot Orchid, and Rattlesnake Plantain, Twinflower, Lady Fern, Creeping Snowberry, Pine Rose, Sweet Trillium, Brookfoam, Elk Clover, Fringe Cups, Brewer’s Bishop’s Cap, and Hooker’s Fairybell. The mostly level path is shaded by large Pacific Yew, Douglas-fir, [Big-Leaf Maple], and Madrone, along with California Hazelnut and three species of dogwood.”
 
There are restrooms and picnic tables at trailhead.
 
This hike is suitable for children, and we encourage families to attend.
The hike is limited to 20 participants, so please RSVP in one of these ways:

  • Email: volunteer@redbud-cnps.org Include name, email address, cell phone number, number of adults in your group, and number of children.
If you can give someone a ride or need a ride, please provide details, and we'll try to coordinate carpooling.

When you RSVP by either means, you will receive a confirmation email. You should receive another email the evening before the hike, confirming the trailhead meeting time and any carpool arrangements.

What to bring: Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, good mosquito repellent, rain gear/windbreaker (depending on weather), and lunch; we can eat at the picnic tables after the walk and continue native-plant conversations.

 
 
Smart's Crossing, Alta
Friday, May 19, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
 
 
Hike 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.
 
Meeting Time and Location for Carpooling: Parking is limited at the trailhead so carpooling is encouraged. Meet at 8:40 a.m. at Sierra Market (MarVal) 575 S. Auburn St, Colfax, CA.
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.
Directions:
 
What to 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, 2017  
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (or later)
 
 
Meet at the Holiday Market in the back of the parking lot on the corner of 49 and 193 in Cool at 8:30am.
 
This 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.
 
Level 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.
 
Bring: Lunch, water, and all the hiking essentials.
 
Contact Information: Diane Cornwall at dancingwildflowers@me.com, 530-888-1404 and Cell 805-279-2906.
 

 
Endangered Stebbin’s Morning-Glory
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 (see below). 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.
 
Description: 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.
 
Trip leaders Denise Della Santina and Karen Callahan are managers for the California Department of Fish and 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.
 
Difficulty: easy.
 
Bring: Water, snacks, hat for sun protection and other hiking essentials.
 
Contact info: Please contact Karen at 530.272.5532 if you have questions.
 
 

 
Two Short Nature Walks in the Loomis/Rocklin Area
 
Friday, May 12, 2017, 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
 
 
Location: St. Francis Woods, Rocklin.
 
For specific address, directions, and carpool information, please RSVP by noon on Thursday, May 11 at:  
https://goo.gl/forms/Hld64dlexnWOTH1n1.
 
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, a pond/water garden, and oak woodlands.
 
From 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).
See, https://www.sierracollege.edu/about-us/beyond-the-classroom/nat-hist-museum/exhibits-out/nature-trail.php.
 
The Nature Trail Preserve includes “local foothill oak woodland and the streamside or riparian communities of Secret Ravine... [The foothill oak woodland features] 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.
 
"The 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 Club and their faculty advisors in the 1960's…”
 
Level of difficulty: Easy.
 
Bring: Water and other hiking essentials. You may want to bring a sack lunch in order to continue discussions about what we have seen and learned that morning.
 

 
Mt. Howell Cal Fire Lookout Station
 
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
 
 
Meet at Marval's Sierra Market, 575 S Auburn St., Colfax at 9:30 a.m.
 
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, Purple Milkweed, 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.
 
Length of Trip: Approximately 2 hours.
 
Level 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.
 
 

 
Codfish Falls Trail
 
Thursday April 20,8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
Meet at NW corner of the Raley’s parking lot in Auburn on Lincoln Way. An Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA) parking pass is needed at the trailhead.
 
This beautiful hike, less than 4 miles round trip, 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.
Level of Difficulty: Easy.
 
Bring: Water, lunch, and other hiking essentials. Hand lens and wildflower books are nice to bring along.
 
Contact information: Diane Cornwall at dancingwildflowers@me.com, 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.
 
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 
 
Placer County Bear River Park and Campground
2500 Campground Road, Colfax, CA 95713
 
Meet at the Day Use area, which is the first parking lot after you enter the Park.
Brandegee’s Clarkia, Clarkia biloba ssp. brandegeeae.
Photo by Dean Wm. Taylor, © 2005.
 
Learn 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.
 
At 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.
 
It’s 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.
 
We 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 beetle.
 
Drinking water is not available at the Park, so bring your own water.
 
For questions, email Denise at clearcreeknatives [at] gmail.com.
Directions:

From Grass Valley/Nevada City, take 174 South to Hwy 80 West.
 
From Hwy 80, take the West Weimar Crossroads exit. Go North 1.5 miles. Turn right on Placer Hills Road to Plum Tree Road (2.5 mi.). Turn left on Plum Tree Road to Park/Campground.
 

 
3/26 Fairy Falls Hike
-- CANCELED --
 
Spenceville Wildlife Area is CLOSED TO HIKERS
during turkey hunting season, starting March 25
 
Substitute Field Trip for Sunday, March 26:
 
 
Wildflower Walk: South Yuba Trail Near Washington
Sunday, May 7, 2017 9:00 a.m.
Leader: Karen Loro
 
 
Featuring beautiful views of the river and rock formations, the South Yuba Trail first goes along Poorman Creek, then follows the South Yuba River downstream. Many early wildflowers are blooming now, including Sierra Fawn Lily, Milk Maids, 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 p.m.
Meeting time and location: For car-pooling, meet at the Full Circle Demonstration Garden at the Nevada County Government Center (Rood Center) on Maidu Ave, just off of Highway 49 in Nevada City at 9:30 AM.
 
If you wish to meet us at the trailhead at 9:45 a.m., drive through the town of Washington, cross over the bridge and head straight up Gaston Road. Within 0.3 mile, turn left (west) onto Relief Hill Road. Drive west to Poorman Creek Bridge (1.7 mile). Then continue 0.1 mile to the signed access road to the South Yuba Trail dropping sharply to the 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 down.
 
 

   
CANCELLED due to Turkey Season!
Hike to Fairy Falls
in the Spenceville Wildlife Area
 
Sunday, March 26, 2017 10:00 a.m.
 
 
The highlight of Spenceville is Fairy Falls (also called "Shingle Falls"), which tumble over a steep rock cliff into a large pool set in a rocky bowl.
At about 345’ in elevation, these foothills are dotted with Valley and Blue Oaks and are primed for the earliest of wildflowers.
The hike is about 5 miles round trip with 150’ elevation gain hiking to the falls. It is an easy hike with gentle evation changes.
 
Spring comes early to the Fairy Falls area, because of its relatively low elevation. So we’ll see 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 manzanita.
 
This hike is limited to 20 participants. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 2 by clicking the link: https://goo.gl/forms/FNltzKZp4EwxjHZt2 . You will be notified if 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 Ready Road near Penn Valley (NOT the other Park-and-Ride in the Penn Valley area at Hwy 20 and Pleasant Valley Road, near Lake Wildwood). If you can take someone or need a ride, please indicate your interest in carpooling in the RSVP.
 
Times: We will meet at the trailhead 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 the 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 snacks/lunch, lots of water, sunscreen, rain gear/windbreaker, hat.
 
How 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 by our own Redbud member, Julie Carville. The Plant Checklist in pdf form is by Redbud member David Magney, CNPS Rare Plant Program Manager.
 
Hiking with Redbud is one of the benefits of membership! We hope you can join us!! For questions, use the RSVP link, above.