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Red Rock Canyon Wildflower Hike

O: Red Rock Canyon Wildflower Hike

Moderately paced 2.5 mi, 500’ of gain. Discover the beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains with photographer and local wildflower expert James Kenney. Red Rock Canyon is a unique riparian canyon with fascinating sculptured rock formations in colors ranging from chalk white to deep red. In the spring, the park’s special rockland micro-habitats are alive with incredible wildflowers and fascinating plant communities. Meet 8:30am at Pacific Palisades rideshare point or 9am at the fee parking area just beyond the park entrance, which is 1.5 mi from the intersection of Old Topanga Canyon Road and Red Rock Road. Drive slowly and be careful on Red Rock Road because it becomes an unimproved, dirt road as it passes through the residential area on the way to the parking area. Bring water, lugsoles, hat, sunscreen. Rain cancels. (This hike will count toward the Environmental Awareness credit for prospective I-rated outings leaders.)

Leaders: David Haake, Cathy Froloff, Joan Schipper, and Melody Anderson

Hike is sponsored by the West Los Angeles Group of the Sierra Club. All SC rules apply. All participants need to sign a liability waiver.

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  • Jay H L.

    David! I was spending a sunny and wonderful time this morning.
    Thank you very much for your hosting.

    I'd like to meet you again on the trail.

    April 20, 2013

  • Jay H L.

    I'd like to join your lead and guide, fully entering myself into the wildflowers.


    April 19, 2013

  • David

    We have 14 people signed up on the West Los Angeles Group Meetup Site.

    April 14, 2013

  • David

    We have 14 people signed up on the West Los Angeles Group Meetup Site. This is a pretty dry year so we won't have as many flowers as in years past. I scouted the route a couple weeks ago and found the following:
    Flowers: prickly phlox, yellow monkey flower, everlasting, wooly paint brush, caterpillar phacelia, chamise, black sage, coulter's lupine, wooly blue curl (lots), popcorn flower, mustard evening primose (I think). There were quite a few lily-like plants that had yet to flower but were looking too dry to do so.
    Birds: red tail hawk, raven, acorn woodpecker, wrentit, california thrasher, canyon wren, northern flicker. As we were coming down, some birdwatchers were on their way up to check on the peregrin falcon nest.
    There were many different types of butterflies: swallowtail and california sister where the only ones I could recognize.

    April 14, 2013

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