CNPS- Yerba Buena Natural History Walks:
We have a bountiful bevy of entertaining and informative walks coming in 2019!
All are welcome (some trips you need to register for but most you don't). We're out there...get out there with us!
OCTOBER 19, Saturday 10am to 1pm
Field Trip: San Bruno Mountain, Dairy Ravine-Cable Ravine
Leader: Doug Allshouse
These two north-facing ravines form most of the area above the parking lot opposite the park entrance. Their names allude to dairy ranching and to cables that descend from the communication towers on the summit. The two ravines share similar plant communities that are dotted with eucalyptus plantings threatening endangered butterfly habitat. To explore both ravines we’ll walk the Eucalyptus Loop to the Dairy Ravine and Summit Trails ascending to the mountain’s summit. Then it’s on to Kamchatka Point to see four species in Ericaceae, the Heather family featuring three species that are endemic to San Bruno Mountain. The first two are San Bruno Mountain manzanita (Arctostaphylos imbricata) and a pretty form of bearberry manzanita (A. uva-ursi forma suborbiculata). We’ll see California huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum), and a pending third endemic surprise.
The $6 entry fee is payable by cash or credit/debit card at the pay station. Meet at the parking lot on the other side of Guadalupe Canyon Parkway. Turn right at the stop sign just past the kiosk and follow the road under the parkway. Due to the marine influence the mountain offers box-of-chocolates weather so bring layers. Heavy rain cancels.
Contact Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org, call or text 415-269-9967 if you have questions.