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2017 Redbud Field Trips

Castle Peak

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.

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).

Ride sharing is recommended, as parking at most trailheads is limited. We also suggest riders share the cost of gas, perhaps giving $5 to the driver for under 40 miles round-trip, more if longer.  Field trips will be canceled if heavy rain (or snow) is predicted.

Flannel Bush

It is hard to predict when and where wildflowers bloom; wildflower displays may vary greatly depending upon weather patterns.  A cold, long winter means later blooms, while natives blossom earlier if March is warm and dry.   To see native plants at their best, field trip dates must be flexible.  Trip dates, times, and locations are posted as soon as scheduled; check this website and 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 and we will see that it gets announced.  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 people may see and experience there.


Castle Pass Field Trip
Saturday, July 22, 2017 8:30 am

castle peak lupine

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:
Susan 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 seen!

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:
Bring snacks / lunch, lots of water, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and hat; walking stick(s) may also be helpful.

See Past Redbud Field Trips.