DIFFICULTY: MODERATE to HARD 4 miles
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Novice +, Professionals always welcome!
ACCESS: Open to all, no charge
Cleveland Natl Forest ADVENTURE PASS required if driving
[SEVERE WEATHER CANCELS EVENT - Temps over 95F (35C) or Storm Warnings]
This year has been incredible compared to the last couple of really dry years and the rains keep coming! The mountain trips will likely last into August this year and this "mountain" trip will be Noble Canyon near Pine Valley. The California Native Plant Society's San Diego Chapter Rare Plant Botanist Fred Roberts found two different species of Lilies here in years past and we're following his lead to find them again. Expect quite a bit of technical botany, but once you get your fill of latin names, the trail is wonderfully challenging, mostly shady, and beautiful in summer.
Our section of Noble Canyon Trail will be a mostly riparian portion of a trail that goes around a hill through Ceanothus and Redshanks Chaparral and down into Interior Oak Riparian woodlands and mid elevation scrub and meadows. The plant list is massive and we will likely be adding to it as we go. Of note will of course be Humboldt and Tiger lilies (Lilium humboldtii ocellatum and L. pardalinum), larkspurs, violets, monkeyflowers, peas, woolly blue curls, silene, wallflowers, mariposas, and possibly the Giant Stream Orchid (Epipactis gigantea).
Come prepared with a flexible schedule as trail conditions and length of the trip may extend a bit past time if there's a lot to find. Bring any gear, lunch, snacks, and water suited to your plans for the day.
We will find a place on the trail to have lunch, so please bring yourself some food / snacks. iNaturalist app is highly recommended as are any guides, lenses, and cameras. Always prepare for the weather beforehand. Rattlesnakes and slippery conditions are probable.
CARPOOL: Carpool will be available for anyone who might find it convenient, especially anyone using public transit. Arrive between 7:45 and 8:00AM at the Fashion Valley Transit Center Parking Lot (West side parking area of the Fashion Valley Mall near Fashion Valley Rd). Look for a black Toyota Tundra OR Dark Gray Rav4. Spaces may fill up, so please be prepared to drive. Carpool participants should expect to return around 3 to 3:30 PM. Parking is free for 24 hrs and has roving security at Fashion Valley Transit Center, however risks are the same as parking anywhere on the street. Message the group for possible alternatives.