Field Trips

Evergreen Woodlands on the Inverness Fire Road

Sunday, January 22, 2023 – 9:45 am to noon

Field trip leader: Carolyn Longstreth

Ceanothus gloriosus porrectus (Mt. Vision ceanothus) by Doreen Smith

Please sign up for this field trip by emailing Susan Schlosser. Susan will send you a link to the waiver.

This easy 2-mile walk will explore a pristine native landscape on the Inverness Fire Road. The route passes through a mixed evergreen forest of bishop pine, madrone and chinquapin with a diverse understory of huckleberry, Labrador tea, ferns and herbaceous perennials. Toward the end of the route, we will admire the low-growing Mt. Vision Ceanothus (Ceanothus gloriosus var. porrectus) and puzzle out the differences between Marin manzanita (Arctostaphylos virgata) and Eastwood manzanita (A. glandulosa).

Bolinas manzanita (Arctostaphylos virgata) by Vernon Smith

Both Mt. Vision ceanothus and Marin manzanita are rare throughout their ranges. Occasional views of Tomales Bay.

View of Tomales Bay by Doreen Smith

Meet the group at the large pullout on Sir Francis Drake opposite the Inverness Yacht Club (12850 Sir Francis Drake Blvd) at 9:45 to carpool to the trailhead.

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