We look forward to seeing you!
Date & Time: Sunday, August 2, 10:00 - 3:00
Leader: Carol Witham
There will be a Sacramento Valley Chapter CNPS field trip to Grass Lake (north of Luther Pass on Highway 89, near the California/Nevada border, and south of Lake Tahoe) on Sunday, August 2, 2014. Trip leaders will be Carol Witham, Rod Macdonald and Greg Kareofelas.
Grass Lake is a unique floating sphagnum bog, one of only a two in California. The area is also home to several rare plants and insects. We will “trampoline” (actually “tremble and sway”) on the floating bog and also explore the unique plants and animals surrounding this lake. I know the dominant plant species and Rod Macdonald will have a plant list. Greg Kareofelas will join us and has expertise on the butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies of the area.
We will meet at 10:00 AM at a "pull off" along the west side of the Highway 89 just north of Luther Pass. • From Highway 88, go north on Highway 89 for ~4.1 miles. • From Highway 50, go south on Highway 89 for ~7.1 miles. The "pull off" parking area consists of a gravel area between a paved pull off passing lane and a series of wooden 6x6" posts. It is the only pull off with wooden posts. Bring layered clothing for all kinds of weather. Wear shoes you won’t mind getting wet (walking out onto the bog will mean water higher than your normal hiking boot). Also bring water, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks, lunch, etc.
We will probably end around 2:00-3:00 pm depending on what we find and the interests of the group. You can always depart according to your own schedule; we probably won’t travel more than ½ mile from the parking area.