Dave Moore Nature Area, near Lotus, SF American River

Waiver and Sign-up required.

After an 18-month hiatus from Friday Walks, we are happy to be able to offer them again. To gather safely, however, we need to follow some new rules.

  1. You must sign an Electronic Liability Waiver in advance of joining SacValley Chapter Friday Walks. Signing an Electronic Liability Waiver is a permanent change required statewide by the California Native Plant Society. Please note that signing the waiver for SacValley Chapter Friday Walks applies only to our chapter’s Friday Walks and does not cover SacValley Chapter Field Trips or any events or field trips offered by other CNPS chapters. Once you have signed the SacValley Chapter Friday Walks waiver, it is valid through the end of the current calendar year.
  2. For now, a limited number of participants can join each Friday Walk. The limit is currently 20 participants and one leader.
Walks are held unless heavy rain, extreme heat or very poor air quality are forecast.  Cancellation notices posted by 7PM Thursday.

Even though we are in summer hours, we’ll be meeting an hour later for this walk due to the distance from Sacramento.


Parking is very limited so car pooling is encouraged.


This is Mosquito season.


Friday, June 14, 9:15am – 11:45am, Dave Moore Nature Area, near Lotus

Join us for a shaded walk in a beautiful area.  Diane and Bobbie scouted this walk over the weekend and saw numerous native plants in blooom, so it will be worth the long drive. Among the native plants in bloom we should see Ambrosia psilostachya, Artemisia douglasiana, Asclepias fascicularis, Brodiaea elegans, Dichelostemma multiflorum, Clarkia purpurea ssp. quadrivulnera, Delphinium hesperium, Eriophyllum lanatum, Fraxinus latifolia, Hemizonia congesta ssp. luzulifolia, Heteromeles arbutifolia, Lonicera interrupta, Lupinus albifrons, Quercus douglasii, Rosa californica, Salix lasiolepis and Wyethia angustifolia.  Most of the trail was built to access a mining camp near the South Fork American River. We’ll make a loop passing a stately Arbutus menziesii that sadly has lost 2 main branches since last year. The river is high and will help keep us cool. This is a shaded walk on an old mining trail.   For more information, to sign-up for this trip, or if you need a Waiver email John Schmidt or phone 916-500-8456.

It’s about 32 miles and 40 minutes from Sunrise and Hwy 50 to Dave Moore Nature Area.  There is a cafe in Lotus some walkers might like to stop there afterwards. Entrance link from Hwy 49 to the coffee shop and bakery.

Use the linked map or directions below.
Directions using Highway 50 from Sacramento:
– East of Hwy 50 to Ponderosa Road exit 37 for Shingle Springs.
– Turn left and cross over the freeway to the first stop sign.
– Turn right on North Shingle Road and proceed for 3 miles. The road will merge with Green Valley Rd.
– Turn left at the “Y” onto Lotus Road. Drive north on Lotus Road for 5 miles.
– Turn left at Highway 49 and cross the bridge at the river.
– Continue north on Hwy 49 for about 1 miles. The signed entrance is on the left at the cobblestone wall.
– Click here for a streetview of the Dave Moore entrance.

Directions using Interstate 80
– East on I-80 to Auburn, exit 119C, Elm Street.
– Turn left at the cloverleaf traffic light onto Elm Street.
– Turn left after 2 blocks on Elm Street onto Hwy 49 which might be marked as High Street, El Dorado Street or Golden Chain Highway.
– After one block Hwy 49 forks to the right on El Dorado Street or Golden Chain Hwy.
– Continue south on Hwy 49 past the town of Cool After about 15 miles on Hwy 49.
– The signed entrance to Dave Moore will be on your right at the cobblestone wall.
– Click here for a streetview of the Dave Moore entrance.

Parking is free.

There is a rest facility available at the trailhead.

Please try to be on time.  We’ll start walking about 9:30am on the trail near the rest facility.  We will be within 100 feet of the rest area for about 10 minutes since there is mush to see an explore here.




Jun 14 2024


9:15 am - 11:45 am
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