Native plant expert Gregg Weber leads this trip to a floristically rich area of Briones Regional Park. Toyon canyon trail descends 300 feet, to the creek, and a 300 foot elev gain follows. Distance is 4 miles.
We will see unusual plants such as Western viburnum, bent-flowered fiddleneck, tufted poppy, Mount Diablo sunflower, and Eucrypta, plus many more familiar plants such as silver leaf bush lupine, coyote mint, mules ears, pipe stems, hop tree, dutchmans pipe, and osoberry.
We will return to the cars at about 2:45pm.
Directions: From west of the Bay hills, go east on 24 and exit
at Pleasant Hill Road. Go north on Pleasant Hill Road 0.5 mile
and then turn left onto Reliez Valley Road. Go 4-5 miles on
Reliez Valley Road to its end at the junction with Alhambra
Valley Road. Ignore the entrance signs on Reliez Valley Road
and continue straight on Alhambra Valley Road to the first hard to see, tiny road on the left, which is Briones Road. Go about 1.5 miles to the end
of Briones Road and park on either side of the road. For the
Pinole/Martinez area, just proceed down Alhambra Valley
Road and follow the directions to the end of Briones Road.
Safety: Outdoor activities are inherently risky. By attending, you agree to be 100% responsible for your own health and safety on this trip. If you bring a guest(s), that guest(s) will be 100% responsible for his/her own health and safety.