Sunday, January 3, 2:00 pm, field trip to Huddart County Park to see fetid adder’s tongue
Location: Huddart County Park, 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside (San Mateo County) California. Meet in the parking lot just past the pay station. David Margolies will lead a hike on the Crystal Springs Trail where fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii, Liliaceae) usually blooms in early January. (In most locations outside botanical gardens, it blooms in late January or early February. We have seen it here every year except 2013.)
This is a gentle trail, losing about 200 feet over about 1/2 mile to the creek. We will walk to the creek and then return the same way. It is unlikely that there will be any other flowers out this early, but the fetid adder’s tongue’s presence tells us that the new flower season has started. (Other plants out of flower will also be identified.) The area is second growth redwood and mixed evergreen forest.
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Curry Point, 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. If it rains, there will be a lot of
grateful plants and animals, but no cancellation.
We will go through woodland, non-native grasslands, chaparral areas, with chaparral pea, black sage, manzanitas, and silk-tassel trees. We should see Mount Diablo manzanita, and Contra Costa manzanita in flower, knobcone pines and maybe some Eastwood manzanita in flower.
Hosted by Gregg Weber.
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 in Mount Diablo State Park.