San Bruno Mountain: Saddle and Bog Trails hike
January 19 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Leader: Doug Allshouse
This field trip is a winter staple so let’s start with an easy walk around the saddle and bog with East Bay and San Francisco views. It features grasslands, mono-cultures of gorse, a eucalyptus forest, the headwaters of Colma Creek, and a rare upland wetland. Several past restoration projects offer vivid examples of success and failure and are worth discussing. The area is rich in plant species and its eastern grasslands share plant species common to the southeast portion of the mountain such as coast iris and purple needlegrass. We may see golden violet and silver lupine, the host plants for the endangered Callippe Silverspot and Mission Blue butterflies. The bog is a wetland with sedges, rushes, cow parsnip, willows, and creek dogwood. It may be wet from winter rains so wear appropriate shoes. Bring layers because the saddle may be windy, but the bog is generally sheltered.
There is a $6 fee (cash or credit/debit card) for park admission payable at the pay station. Meet in the main lot just past the kiosk.
Heavy rain postpones to January 26. For questions, call or text Doug at 415-269-9967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org