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
stop to view, identify, talk about, and enjoy each plant species. Most
trips are led by at least one botanist.
Summit Valley Field Trip
Wednesday, August 16th
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we know how many are coming.
to bring: Water, lunch and snacks, hat, and sunscreen.
hand lens, binoculars, and bug repellent.
you would like to “Wildflowers of Nevada and Placer County, 2nd
Edition” at this hike, email Jeanne at email@example.com. Must
pre-order before the hike for members’ price: $27.50, non-members’
price $32.00, tax included. (Cash or check)
Barker Peak Field Trip
Wednesday, August 9th
9:00 am to 6:00 p.m. (all day hike)
Field Trip Leader: Karen Loro
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
you would like to buy the new Redbud book Wildflowers of Nevada and
Placer County, 2nd Edition at this hike, please email Jeanne at
Mt. Judah Field Trip
Wednesday, August 2nd
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Field Trip Leaders:
Christina Slowick and Karen Loro
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
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.
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 email@example.com, and will meet at Uren St. in Nevada City at 7:30 am.
to bring: At least 2 quarts of water, lunch and snacks, hat, and
sunscreen. Optional: hand lens, walking stick(s), and bug
you would like to buy the new Redbud book Wildflowers of Nevada and
Placer County, 2nd Edition at this hike, please email Jeanne at
Castle Pass Field Trip
Saturday, July 22, 2017 8:30 am
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.
Chalpin will lead this hike. The diversity of plant communities is
amazing, including meadows, wildflowers abounding along streams,
granite erratics, and the biggest western white pine Susan has ever
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:
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.
Field Trip Leader: Julie Carville, author of
Tahoe 's Spectacular Wildflower Trails*
Special Guest: Bob Case, Redbud Speaker
on “The Botanical Legacy of
Lewis and Clark”
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
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.
Creek Field Trip
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
This hike is suitable for children; we encourage families
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
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
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
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.
Saturday, June 10 at
Description from the new Redbud Wildflowers book, 2nd edition:
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.” Restrooms and
picnic tables at trailhead.
hike is suitable for children; we encourage families to attend. Trip
leader: Jeanne Wilson hike is limited to 20 participants. Please RSVP
Highway 20 east from Nevada City for 6 miles. Turn left at the
“Forestry Conservation Camp” sign and follow the paved road for about a
mile. You will see a “Rock Creek Nature Trail” sign with an arrow
pointing left to an unpaved road. Turn left and drive about 1.5 miles
to trailhead parking (you will see a sign for Rock Creek, picnic tables
and a restroom).e encourage Please RSVP in one of two ways:
• Google: Go to https://goo.gl/forms/7MmzDmnIUund85W32
and fill out the on-line RSVP form.
• Email firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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 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
Two Short 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.