TRAIL Difficulty: EASY +/- 2 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Intermediate
For late summer this year we'll be headed back to school on a Saturday. Finney Overlook is a very discrete, often... overlooked, trailhead into the Otay River Valley in South Chula Vista / North Otay Mesa where we'll be checking out riparian species and coastal sage scrub, with a small peek into some maritime succulent scrub. When I was last here, there was an interesting array of natives from rare species like Palmers grapplinghook (Harpogonella palmeri), San Diego sagewort (Artemisia palmeri), (Cal. boxthorn) Lycium californicum, and some very out of place Sea dahlia (Leptosyne maritima), to the not so rare Willows (Salix sps), Goldenbush (Isocoma menziesii), buckwheats (Eriogonum sps), Beavertails (Oputnia sps), and others.
This walk is aimed at out of season identification of perennial species that have features we can pin down. The walk will be as long as we can stand the heat - we'll try to be out well before lunch.
Come prepared for heat and sun. No facilities at the trailhead, but we're walking an urban canyon so amenities are close by.
CARPOOL will available to anyone who wants to come into Fashion Valley Transit Station by 7:30 AM. There will be at least one truck available with three seats, but be prepared to drive if there are more. Parking on the west side of Fashion Valley mall (nearest Fashion Valley Rd) is free for 24 hours and patrolled occasionally by security. Generally, you take the same risks parking there as on the public street.