Botany Hike: Kennedy Grove


Field trip to Kennedy Grove/Seafoam Loop Trail Sunday March 8 at 1pm
Rain/high wind date Saturday March 28 at 1 pm

Janet Gawthrop will lead this field trip in search of early spring flowers, starting from the trailhead at the end of Patra Drive in El Sobrante. With luck,somewhere on this 2.5 mile walk we may find bearded clover (Trifolium barbigerum), either species of Trillium, pine reed grass (Calamogrostis rubescens) cream cups, fritillaries, and maybe shooting stars. For a much more complete plant list, see Gregg Weber's description from April 2018 in past Meetup events.

Bring water and be prepared for some vertical gain and mud (OK, I'm being optimistic). If you are using Google maps you can use 2579 Patra Drive in El Sobrante to locate the trailhead. Street parking is legal and usually abundant.

From I-80, exit at San Pablo Dam Road and follow it all the way to the intersection of San Pablo Dam & Castro Ranch roads. Turn left (and uphill) on Castro Ranch, and follow it several blocks to the intersection with Hillside. Turn right onto Hillside and follow it to the intersection of Patra Drive and Hillside. Turn left onto Patra Drive and look for parking. From Orinda, go west on San Pablo Dam Road until you reach Castro Ranch Road, where you'll turn right. The rest of the directions are identical.

For hard-core mass transit folks, you can catch AC Transit bus #74 around the corner from the Richmond BART station at 21st & MacDonald, and then take it to the last stop at Hillside & Sherwood Forest. You will need to walk or bike 0.8 miles further east on Hillside until you reach the trailhead at Patra.

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