& Blooms on Coon Creek Trail
Montana de Oro State Park
Saturday, April 27, 2019
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Lunch at 12:00 p.m., Nichols Pizza N Grill
1236 Los Osos Valley Road in the Los Osos Center
Directions: We will meet at the Coon Creek Trailhead parking lot. To get there follow Los Osos Valley Road into Montana de Oro State Park and drive to the end of the road.
From the trail head it is 1.0 mile to the intersection of the Rattlesnake Flats trail and an additional 1.3 miles to the intersection of the Oats Peak Trail. If you go all the way to the Oats Peak intersection you will cross 6 bridges. I image that most of us will not go farther than the Rattlesnake Flat intersection and cross two bridges. The first 100 yards of the trail is very rough, with steep ups and downs with loose rock. The trail can be both sunny and shady. Be aware that mountain lions, rattlesnakes, ticks, mosquitos and poison oak are found in the park.
Pat will give a brief presentation on butterflies before we head out on the trail. Jerry Kirkhart will also be along to help answer questions.
Lunch: Leave the parking lot and it will be 6.1 miles to Nichols Pizza N Grill on Los Osos Valley Road. Move into the left lane when the Los Osos Valley Road widens. You will go through 4 traffic signals. You must turn left on Fairchild Way before the center divider begins; then turn right immediately into the parking lot. If you overshoot, you can turn around in the Ralph’s Grocery parking lot as you cannot make a U turn at the next signal.
What To Bring: Dress in layers as it may be cold and windy. For sun have a hat and sunscreen. A picaridin based insect repellent will not degrade the plastic parts of your camera. Hiking boots are strongly recommended. A macro lens is a good choice for flowers, but you may have more success with butterflies with a telephoto.
Images: Instead of doing a slideshow with music, please bring 3 of your images to the June club meeting for Show and Tell.
Field Trip Coordinator: Pat Brown