Field Trips

Sunday, January 6, 2:00 pm, field trip to Huddart County Park to See fetid adder’s tongue
Leader: David Margolies
Location: Huddart County Park, 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside (San Mateo County) California.

Meet in the parking lot just past the pay station. David Margolies will lead a hike on the Crystal Springs Trail where fetid adder’s tongue (Scoliopus bigelovii, Liliaceae) usually blooms in early January. (In most locations outside botanical gardens, it blooms in late January or early February. We have seen it here every year except 2013.)

This is a gentle trail, losing about 200 feet over about 1/2 mile to the creek. We will walk to the creek and then return the same way. It is unlikely that there will be any other flowers out this early, but the fetid adder’s tongue’s presence tells us that the new flower season has started. (Other plants out of flower will also be identified.) The area is second growth redwood and mixed evergreen forest.


Saturday, March 16th, 10 am, joint field trip with Friends of Sausal Creek. This hike starts in Joaquin Miller Park at a small wetland that’s over 1400′ above sea level.  On one side we have the redwood forest, on the other oaks and madrones competing with aged pines for sunlight. We’ll follow two small creeks, get a glimpse of Friends of Sausal Creek’s restoration work in the area. There’s a fine patch of Trillium ovatum at the 1/2 way point, will we be lucky enough to catch them blooming? Meet at the large group of picnic tables by the wetland.

From Highway 13, take the Lincoln Avenue/Joaquin Miller Road exit and head uphill.  At the light, turn left onto Skyline Blvd. You’ll pass the main entrance for Roberts, about 1/4 mile later, look carefully for the Sequoia Arena sign on the left. (If you get to Chabot Space and Scient Center, you’ve got a bit too far,)  Tour leaders: Karen Paulsell 510 655-0818 (landline) or Beth Keer 510-708-8890 (mobile.)

March 3 at 10:00 am Sibley Park, Camille Nowell and Liz Bitner will be leading a field trip through Sibley Park, looking for remnant coastal prairie, oak woodland and riparian plants in this park known both as one of the headwaters of San Leandro Creek and as a former gravel mine. Heavy rain cancels. For more information, e-mail or