Field Trip to
Sunday May 22, 9:00 AM

SIGHTS:  Chiquita ridge is a rare example of intact coastal sage scrub. This area was too rugged for cattle to graze in the 1800s, and as a result harbors an astonishing variety of plants. Expect to encounter species within the Dudleya, Salvia, Artemisia, Rhus, Calochortus, Opuntia, Diplacus, Sisyrinchium, and Rhamnus genera, among others. Depending on the rain we receive, several ferns including Pentagramma triangularis and Polypodium californicum may make an appearance. This area is geologically interesting as well, with several sandstone outcroppings containing fossilized shells / bones.

HIKE: This is an easy-moderate out and back hike. Aside from the beginning of the trail, it is relatively flat. The hike starts at the Ladera Ranch Fire Station, climbs to the trail, and continues north 1.5 miles to the trail end at Oso Parkway. We return the way we came. This will likely take 1.5 -2 hours, depending on the number of botanical detours. LEADER: Jonathan Robbins.   

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MEET: 9:00 AM on Station Way in Ladera Ranch. Across from the fire station. Parking is available on this street. 
PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: moderate / some uphill sections of trail. BRING: hat, sunscreen, camera, water, wildflower book / notepad, and good walking / hiking footwear. FACILITIES: NO water or restrooms. PLANT INTENSITY: moderate to high. TIME: approx 1.5-2 hours.