Native Plant Field Trip: Bird Trail, Chabot Regional Park

  • March 17, 2013 · 2:00 PM

Join David Margolies of the California Native Plant Society on this Native Plant Stroll:

Meet at the Macdonald Staging Area Parking Lot (on Redwood Road, about 1.7 miles from Skyline Blvd on the right and about 1/4 mile towards Oakland from the Redwood regional Park entrance).

Western leatherwood and Trilliums, Osoberry and Flowering Currant and much else are in bloom.


To get there from the northern East Bay, get on 13 South (go east on Ashby Avenue in Berkeley, for example) and take the Redwood Road exit.

From Oakland, go east on 35th Avenue (which turns into Redwood Road). From the southern East Bay, take 580 West to 13 North and exit at Redwood Road (immediately after the junction).

From San Francisco, take the Bay Bridge, staying to the right (but do not go to San Jose). Take 580 East, and then 24 East (towards Walnut Creek). Take the 13 South exit from 24 and then the Redwood Road exit.

Once on Redwood Road, go east (uphill). At the top of the hill you will cross Skyline Boulevard and then pass various equestrian facilities. Go down into the valley. About 1.7 miles from Skyline Boulevard, turn right into the MacDonald Staging area parking lot. If you come to the entrance to Redwood Regional Park on the left, you have gone about 1/4 mile too far.

Rain Policy :  Walk takes place rain or shine.


Outdoor activities are inherently risky.  As with all of this group's events, by attending you agree to be 100% responsible for your own safety, health, and happiness.

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  • Stephanie

    Thanks to David for leading this - was a great outing!

    March 17, 2013

  • Kathryn

    running late will be there in a few. Hope I don't miss you all!

    March 17, 2013

  • Zhixin

    Sorry, i have other things to do, but i will go next time. ^-^

    March 17, 2013

  • Gabrielle Leblanc

    I woke up with a backache this AM -- hope someone else can take my spot!

    March 17, 2013

  • Eric John Diesel

    I drove down to Mojave Desert so can't make the hike. I can't find a CNPS group with an active calendar out here. Anyone know whats up with that?

    March 16, 2013

  • Zhixin

    I like to join =)

    March 15, 2013

  • Seth

    VV, maybe the leader can chime on this, but it can be hard to do a botany walk with a large group of people. Unless space opens up, you might want to think about doing a different trail.

    March 13, 2013

    • Frances

      Let me clarify my statement above: before joining the group pls be sure you and any guests have made it into 'confirmed yes' status on the hike meetup page

      March 13, 2013

    • VV

      Thanks! Since one of my guests is a pre-schooler, it may be particularly tough. Is there another trail at Lake Chabot that you recommend for flowers this time of year?

      March 14, 2013

  • Karl

    Sorry - I didn't think I would get in, & made other plans.

    March 13, 2013

  • VV

    Although on the wait list for the afternoon, I'm bringing three guests. I understand there probably won't be room for all of us, in which case we'll walk on our own.

    March 13, 2013

  • Frances

    hi there, due to significant waiting list for Sunday afternoon plant stroll, could you update your RSVP if you can't come.

    Note: we have both morning hike and afternoon hike on Sun, I see some of you listed for both, which is ok but if you could make sure your intentions are clear that would be great

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    About how far/long is the stroll? Bring binocs, right? Birds and blooms; sounds great!

    March 7, 2013

    • Frances

      Hey Col, David doesn't visit our site that often, so I'll try to answer on his behalf -- I've noticed the hikes he leads tend to be fairly short and easy -- truly a stroll, no more than about 4 miles

      March 10, 2013

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