Upper Sunrise, ARP, March 29

            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. At this time only four new participants can sign up for each walk. If you have signed up for a Friday Walk at any point after January 1, 2013, you are not considered a new participant.

Walks are held unless heavy rain, extreme heat or very poor air quality are forecast.  Cancellation notices posted by 7PM Thursday.

Friday, March 29,  9:15am-11:45am, Upper Sunrise, ARP


If you’re wondering why we’re going to Upper Sunrise again, it’s because 70% of what we grow at the Nursery is found here!  The warm weather has finally arrived and with it some of the early spring native wildflowers are starting to bloom. In bloom we should see Amsinckia menziesii, Aristolochia californica, Baccharis pilularis ssp. consanguinea, Boechera arcuata, Cercocarpus betuloides, Claytonia parviflora, Claytonia perfoliata, Diplacus aurantiacus, Dipterostemon capitatus, Eschscholzia californica. Leptosiphon bicolor, Lithophragma affine, Lupinus benthamii, Lupinus sp?, Marah fabacea, Plagiobothrys fulvus var. campestris, and Quercus wislizeni.  It’s been so long since having to enter a longer list of so many natives in bloom, the author had forgotten how to do it.

Meet at the read teardrop on this map or use the directions below.
Directions to Upper Sunrise from downtown:
– Travel east on Highway 50 to Sunrise Blvd exit 18
– North on Sunrise Boulevard
– After passing Gold Country Road, turn right on South Bridge Street
– Drive past American River Raft Rentals and the fenced raft parking area into the Parkway passing the Entrance Kiosk
– Even if no one is working at the Entrance Kiosk, be sure to self-register your vehicle ($6) unless you have a Parks Annual Pass.
– Turn right at the Stop sign
– Pass the rest facilities (last one if needed) and the boat launch parking area.
– Follow the road right and drive an additional 1.4 miles upstream on the park road that parallels the river and the bike trail.
– Meet at the long pull-in parking area on your left just before the road rises to the dead end turn around.
– There is room for about 20 vehicles at the meeting area.
-Enjoy the newly resurfaced road near the boat launch and the following ¼ mile.
There are no rest facilities at the meeting location but there is one two turns past the entrance kiosk.

To sign up for the March 29 Upper Sunrise Walk email John Schmidt or call 916-500-8456 for more information.

If this is your first Friday Walk of 2024, be sure to bring your signed 2024 Friday Walks waiver with you.  Email John Schmidt if you need a 2024 Friday Walks Waiver.

Bring extra water, hat, snack, sturdy shoes, layered protection and perhaps a walking stick.

Parking is $7 or use your Parks Annual Pass.

Binoculars will be useful for bird observations.

The $70 Parks Passport supports your County Parks system. More Pass information is on-line.  There is also a new $30 Senior Citizen Vehicle Pass for those 62 and older.  The Senior Citizen Pass must be purchased in person and only at select locations.

If you are vaccinated you do not need to wear a mask. If you are not vaccinated, masks are required.  Also if you are more comfortable wearing a mask, please do.

Please try to be on time. We’ll try to start walking at 9:30am.




Mar 29 2024


9:15 am - 11:45 am


Friday Walks


John Schmidt
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