9:00 AM

Field Trip Information & RSVP

Just outside of Rancho Santa Margarita is a series of trails with an amazing amount of plant diversity. One of our better grassland habitats in Orange County, on a slope above Trabuco Canyon. We will take a trip up an offshoot of the Bell View trail as it meanders through unique chaparral which includes a rare colony of chaparral pea (Pickeringia montana). Our Orange County plants may be distinct from other described taxa of this species and are currently the subject of study by renowned botanist Dr. Peter Raven. Some other interesting plants likely seen in the grasslands and surrounding shrublands include Allium haematochiton, both Asclepias californica and eriocarpa (hopefully with monarch larvae), Calochortus catalinae, Lupinus excubitus, Madia elegans and Trichostemma lanatum. Free and open to all. LEADER: Jonathan Frank.  

Attendees will receive an email confirmation two days before the event.  Those who sign up in the final two days will not receive the reminder message. Please sign in to the Registration - WaiverSign link above to register for this event. 

MEET: 9 am at the intersections of Robinson Ranch Rd. and Vista Drive, which is just over one mile off of Plano Trabuco Road in Robinson Ranch. There is plenty of free parking here on the street, at the Bell View Trail Trailhead.
PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: moderate to high, with some uphill and slippery trails. BRING: hat, sunscreen, camera, wildflower book/notepad, water and hiking shoes/boots. FACILITIES: NO water or restrooms. PLANT INTENSITY: moderate to high. TIME: Approx. 3 hours, depending on the group.