Sacramento Valley Chapter
New Field Trips for Spring 2015!
Spring is here and we are putting together trips. Here you will
find all the latest information including contacts, driving directions, plants lists, photos and any
change-of-date information. If you are going to attend a trip, please let the trip contact know so they
can get hold of you if plans change. This will let us know how many people to expect in order to call on additional leaders, if necessary, to make your trip enjoyable.
We look forward to seeing you!
Table Mountain Ecological Reserve Field Trip
Saturday, March 28, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The springtime floral display at Table Mountain is a California highlight that should not be missed. Mike Finan will lead this trip, Shellie Sullo and other volunteers will be assisting. A plant list updated for Jepson 2012 will be available for download. In the meantime, there is the plant list for Table Mountain from April 2003 Under the Home/Resources tab on this site.
Bring water and lunch, suntan cream, hat, walking stick. Sturdy shoes are required. This is an “all day” trip.
Join us to explore native plants and waterfalls on this popular volcanic table-top near Oroville. The table is famous for its variety of habitats that put on a show of spectacular color from wildflowers that include bright yellow Douglas' violets in the grasslands and Blenosperma nanum, and white meadowfoam in the moister soils. The plateau is covered by acres of small blue lupines with smaller patches of two kinds of orange poppies, blue dicks, blue-and-white bird's eye gilia, magenta Kellogg’s monkey flower, yellow butter-and-eggs, white popcorn flower, and purple owl's clover. Each outcrop of dark volcanic basalt is ringed by goldfields and the outcroppings themselves support pink-flowered wild onions, deep pink Lewis' bitterroot, and masses of greenish-yellow stonecrop. Deep blue delphiniums bloom in full sun; scarlet delphiniums cling to lightly shaded canyon rims.
Directions: You might want to ride with other like-minded friends, otherwise meet us at the Table Mountain main parking lot at 10 am.
From Sacramento: take Hwy 5 north to exit 525B – merge right onto highway 70. Drive 33.8 miles to Marysville – follow the signs to Oroville. Drive ~ 26.6 miles. Take exit 48 Grand Ave. Turn right on Grand, left on Table Mtn Blvd. Take second right onto Cherokee Rd. (Cherokee Rd sign is a little hard to see). Travel up Cherokee Rd until you reach the top of the table (caution – this road is narrow and winding). Travel north until you see the parking lot on your left.
Meet here map
Just like the flowers, a new season of 2015 Field Trips are emerging.
Check the Events and Field Trips tab for the first outing of 2015 to Table Mountain.