Late Spring Hike on Coyote Ridge
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
June 10, 2015, 8:00 AM
Meeting place: Coyote Ridge, Morgan HIll
Coyote Ridge is famous for its spectacular spring wildflower walks, but have you ever wondered what happens in late spring, when the splashes of gold, pink and blue have faded away?
Come join Kathy and Alice on a moderately paced c. 4 mile hike to enjoy gorgeous views of the Diablo Range (possibly including elk), pastoral Shingle Valley, rural Coyote Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains, spot raptors spiraling up the thermals, enjoy the melodic meadowlark and see late blooming plants, such as the rare Santa Clara Valley dudleya with sprays of pale yellow flowers and, with luck, the equally rare Mt Hamilton thistle plus the lavender to purple most beautiful jewel flowers (and yes, they’re beautiful). In addition, we’ll see fragrant fields of tar flowers, bunches of golden yarrow, banks of seep monkey flowers and more.
The old dirt roads are very uneven and rough, plus there are two short but quite steep parts, so sturdy hiking shoes or boots with good tread plus hiking poles are highly recommended, as well as dressing in layers appropriate for the day’s weather, bringing plenty of water, sun block, a hat and a lunch or snack.
Logistics do not allow participants to arrive later or leave earlier than the group.
If moderate to heavy rain or high temperatures are predicted by the NWS, the hike will be canceled. Cancellation will be announced via Meetup.
From highway 101 take the Coyote Creek Golf Drive exit (please note: when going south you’ll be going against traffic).
If you are coming from the south, at Coyote Creek Golf Drive, turn right. As soon as the divide in the middle of the road ends, make a U-turn BEING VERY CAREFUL to yield to vehicles (including BIG trucks) coming out the gate to Kirby Canyon Recycling & Disposal Facility, and park at the side of the road, ahead of or before the green metal gate labeled VTA01.
If you are coming from the north, at Coyote Creek Golf Drive, turn left, and follow Coyote Creek Golf Drive under highway 101 and past the intersection with the 101 northbound on and off ramps. Shortly thereafter the divider in the middle of Coyote Creek Gold Drive comes an end. Make a U-turn BEING VERY CAREFUL to yield to vehicles (including BIG trucks) coming out the gate to Kirby Canyon Recycling & Disposal Facility, and park at the side of the road, ahead of or before the green metal gate labeled VTA01
From 8 am to 12 - 1 pm. Includes lunch break.
Because Coyote Ridge is the protected habitat of some very endangered and rare species, you will need to sign up through this link, at which time you will receive directions: