Join Steve Rosenthal and Arvind Kumar for a guided plant identification walk through Rancho Canada del Oro, one of the newer open space preserves in Santa Clara County.
Trails offer spectacular views of the Diablo Range and Mt. Hamilton and go through a variety of native habitats: grassland, oak woodland, sage-chaparral scrub, and riparian. We expect to see many fruiting plants, including oaks, bay laurel, madrone, bigberry manzanita, toyon, coffeeberry, buckeye, holly-leaved cherry, and snowberry.
We will start with the Serpentine Loop Trail, switch to the Longwall Canyon Trail, and return via the Mayfair Ranch Trail. The distance covered will be 4.3 miles with 500’ of elevation gain. Native plant lovers will enjoy the wide variety of habitats and plants. Beginners interested in plant identification are welcome; prior knowledge of native plants or botany is not required.
Bring water and a bag lunch. Dress in layers, and appropriately for late fall weather. Heavy rain cancels. We expect to return to the trailhead by 2pm.
Space is limited. RSVP to [masked] to reserve your place and for directions to the meeting place. This walk is free for CNPS members; $5 suggested donation for nonmembers; memberships are accepted at the trailhead.