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Potrero John Creek Nature Hike

Potrero John Creek Nature Hike

May 18 @ 9:00 am 3:00 pm

Potrero John Canyon. Photo: Lanny Kaufer

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Are you ready to immerse yourself in wild nature? Join me Saturday, May 18, for a Nature Hike on Potrero John Creek, deep in the Sespe Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest. Beginning at 9 a.m., a 20-mile carpool/caravan will take us from Ojai to the trailhead. We’ll return to Ojai around 3 p.m. Starting our hike at an elevation of 3700 feet, we’ll meet a diverse group of plants representing the upper Chaparral and Riparian Woodland plant communities of Southern California.

This will be an easy-to-moderate hike of about 2-3 miles round-trip with sections of mild elevation gain and a few short creek crossings. We’ll stop often to identify edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful plants. We can expect to see a number of plants not found at lower elevations, including Bigcone Douglas-Fir, Incense-Cedar, Yerba Santa, Mariposa Lily, Giant Stinging Nettle, and others.

This hike is presented under a Special Use Permit from the U. S. Forest Service for guides and outfitters in the Los Padres National Forest. After the hike, participants will receive an email with a complete list of all plants and wildlife identified as well as other info.

Please note: The hike will go on RAIN OR SHINE with the exception of a heavy downpour that morning and/or a forecast of an 80-100% chance of heavy rain that day. Chance of thunderstorms will cancel. No dogs or smoking, please.

The cost for the hike is $45/person. Qualifying full-time students (13+) can attend for $35. Children 6-12 (one per adult) can attend for $25. Kids 5 and under are free (one per adult), subject to approval.

My 2021 book, Medicinal Herbs of California, will be available at the meeting place in the morning for sale and signing.


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Note: Online payment includes a PayPal fee. If you prefer, when you register you can request instructions for mailing a payment of $45/adult, $35/student, or $25/child as long as there is still time for mail delivery.

Cancellation policy: I will refund your payment if you notify me up to 72 hours (3 days) before the start of the event. After that I will make every effort to fill your space (and I’m usually successful) but cannot guarantee.

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