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This group is for folks who love the views, wildlife, wildflowers, nature walks, conservation projects and/or just hiking on the Modini Mayacamas Preserves. These are private Nature Preserves owned and managed by Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR). Hiking is with ACR’s guided programs or by permit ONLY, but you are welcome any time to enjoy birding and views from the pullouts along Pine Flat Road, which climbs a steep ridge thru the length of the Preserve.

Come drive the road, but please drive slowly and carefully - this is a rough, narrow, windy, one-lane country road with occasional blind curves. The road is also very POPULAR WITH BICYCLISTS (and occasional hikers too) - so please: EXTRA CAUTION.

We look forward to exploring these wild lands with you through the seasons and years, and we hope you’ll join our corps of local volunteers to help us protect the habitats and wild creatures that call this region home. For timely notification of upcoming hikes, access orientation / permitting sessions, and other activities at the Mayacamas Preserves, join the Meetup or e-mail the Preserve's Resource Ecologist - <a></a> – and ask to be added to our monthly e-mail list. Note that there are no facilities, no restrooms, no restaurants, no drinking water, so come prepared, and remember that the property is also steep and wild.

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Recent Meetups

  • 3 days ago · 9:00 AM

    Useful Plants of Pine Flat

    15 Friends of the Modini Mayacamas | 4.50

    Join Dave Self - ACR Resource Ecologist to learn a dozen useful plants, their uses by wildlife, and their status in the changing ecology of Pine Flat.

  • 5 days ago · 9:00 AM

    Birds and Botany (repeats 1st Fridays)

    7 Friends of the Modini Mayacamas | 5.00 | 15 Photos

    Birds and Botany MEETS AT SCHOOLHOUSE FLAT, 30 minutes up Pine Flat Rd from Jimtown. Hike led by Patrick Woodworth - Birder & ACR Volunteer, and Dave Self, ACR Resource... Learn more

  • 6 days ago · 8:00 AM

    Native Garden

    2 Friends of the Modini Mayacamas

    Help with Native Garden (weeding, planting, starting plants, adding habitat features, tool maintenance, etc) Share your knowledge, skills, energy and experience, or just... Learn more

  • November 12 · 9:30 AM

    Orientation (for permit)

    12 Friends of the Modini Mayacamas

    We'll visit several trailheads for an overview of the Preserves. Then you'll learn about ACR and the Preserves, and about our rules. When you complete and sign the... Learn more

  • November 11 · 10:30 AM

    Sounds and Stories at Little Sulphur (No Hiking)

    2 Friends of the Modini Mayacamas

    Friday, November 11,  10:30am-2:30pm For folks who love wild areas but can't hike; others are welcome too. Enjoy quiet time with bird calls, the splashing of Little... Learn more

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