Crystal Cove State Park
Field Trip with Lana Nguyen
February 20 Sunday

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DESCRIPTION:  Along with Laguna Canyon and Aliso Canyon, Moro Canyon comprises one of the major coastal watersheds of The San Joaquin Hills. Oriented perpendicular to the coast and cutting about three miles into the foothills it offers a range of plants typical of our coastal foothills. We will possibly be looking at restoration areas in the Bowl and other locations nearby.  To start, we will head straight up the canyon, looking at the plants of the coastal sage scrub and grassland areas along the way, while doing our best to avoid the weekend mountain bikers. Small areas of riparian and chaparral will offer variety. Trip will be around 4.5 miles total, out and back.

PREP DETAILS:  Leaders: Rachel Whitt and Lana Nguyen (CA State Parks biologist). Physical Difficulty: Moderate+. Gradual elevation change; but there is one steep hill. Approx. 4.5 miles. Bring hat, sunscreen, camera, wildflower book/notepad, water and hiking shoes/boots. Water and restrooms near the parking/start area only. Plant Intensity: moderate. Time: approx. 3-4 hours, depending on the group

LOGISTICS:  A State Parks Entrance fee or pass is required for entry ($15 PER VEHICLE). MEET AT 8 AM at the Lower Moro Canyon Day Use lot parking area, which is located on the inland side of PCH. Once past the kiosk, be sure to proceed past the campground and down the hill then to the left. We will meet at the kiosk at the end of the parking lot closest to the bridge into the Moro Canyon trails. (The map link and entrance for the CCSP Moro Campground is the same, just be sure to drive past the campground down into the Day Use area and to the left.)