Potrero John Canyon. Photo: Lanny Kaufer

Memorial Day Nature Hike to Potrero John Camp

May 25, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Maricopa Plaza for carpool
1201 Maricopa Highway
Ojai, CA 93023
$25/ adults, $20 seniors/students. Kids 5-12 free with adult. No dogs, please.
Lanny Kaufer
Potrero John Canyon
Potrero John Canyon

For years, people in the hospitality industry and those who work at farmers markets and other weekend jobs have asked me to lead an herb walk or nature hike on a weekday. In response to those requests, I’m leading a Nature Hike to Potrero John Camp deep in the Sespe Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest on Monday, May 25.

The hike will take place on Potrero John Creek, 20 miles north of Ojai. We will cover 1.7 miles each way on a mostly level trail with very gradual elevation gain through chaparral and riparian settings, beginning at 3700 feet.

The focus, as usual, will be on identifying both useful and poisonous wild plants and learning about the many ways that they have been used by the Chumash people, herbalists, campers, and gardeners for food, medicine, wildcrafting, survival, landscaping and more. Discussion will include the ecology of the southern Los Padres National Forest, traditional and modern methods of sustainable foraging, and resource conservation, among other topics generated by the participants’ interests.

We will also share a moment of silence in the stillness of the mountains to remember our veterans who have passed on. This walk is presented under a Special Use Permit from the Ojai Ranger District Office of the U.S. Forest Service designed for guides who provide recreational and interpretive services to the public.

The day will begin with a carpool from the Maricopa Plaza parking lot in Ojai at 9:00 am and return there by 3 pm. The cost is $25 for adults and $20 for full-time students and seniors 62 and older.  Kids 5-12 can go free with an adult by prior arrangement. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Toddlers must be in a carrier. No dogs, please.

Register at the link below or by calling 805-646-6281. You will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info. No pre-payment is required, just your promise to let us know as soon as possible if your plans have to change.

(The photo above is also the background photo on this website. It was taken in the gorge at the mouth of Potrero John Canyon.)


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