Go see Mount Diablo manzanita in flower.
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Curry Point on Mt. Diablo
We will walk 4 miles round trip, from Curry point to Balancing rock, via the Knobcone point Road. 30 ft elevation gain, with 300 ft of ups and downs. Optional extra mile and one hour, returning via bootleg trail, and Blackhawk Ridge Road. Bring food for short lunch break.
We will go through woodland, non-native grasslands, chaparral areas, with chaparral pea, black sage, manzanitas, silk-tassle trees. We should see Mount Diablo manzanita, and Contra Costa Manzanita in flower, and maybe some Eastwood manzanita in flower, and knobcone pines.
Directions: Take 680 to the Diablo Road exit ,and go east on Diablo Road. At Green Valley Road, only one lane goes straight ahead. After Green Valley Road, go past and do not turn at the Diablo Country Club sign. In about a mile, turn left at the Mt. Diablo State Park sign. Continue to the end of Mt. Diablo Scenic Boulevard, which becomes South Gate Road as it enters the park. Be prepared to pay the fee (now $10?) at the main entrance station, or have your state parks pass ready. Continue for about a mile, and park at the large parking area at Curry Point, where we will meet. Remember to factor in about 20 minutes driving time from the base of the mountain to Curry point. Pet dogs, cats, pigs, tapirs, hedgehogs, and mongeese are not permitted at Mount Diablo State Park. Here is the link to the entry on Meetup with links, graphics, signup options and comments: https://www.meetup.com/ebcnps/events/232135385/
Sunday, February 19, 2:00 pm, MacDonald Fire Road in Chabot Regional Park. Meet at the MacDonald Staging Area on Redwood Road in Chabot Regional Park. Take Highway 13 south to Redwood Road exit, turn left onto Redwood Road after exiting, go over the hill. The MacDonald Staging Area is on the right about one mile into the valley. If you come to the entrance to Redwood Regional Park on the left or to Pinehurst Road, you have gone too far. We will look for woody plants, many of which should be in bloom, including western leatherwood. An uphill walk but not too strenuous. Meet at 2:00 pm. (We are walking south southeast towards Castro Valley, so if you are late, just catch up.) Trip leader: David Margolies email@example.com, 510-393-1858)