Carson Falls/Carson Ridge: Pine Mountain Fire Road to Oat Hill Road

Friday March 7, 2014, 10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.

We’ll start at the Pine Mountain Fire Road and climb through the serpentine barrens along Carson Ridge to the junction with Oat Hill about one mile out. In this early part of the walk we are likely to see some flowering Mt. Tamalpais manzanita. We’ll then follow Oat Hill to the Carson Falls Trail and down to the falls, hiking a total of 1.7 miles from the trailhead. Along the way, we’ll look for fetid-adder’s tongue, milkmaids, and other early wildflowers. We’ll lunch at the spectacular Carson Falls, where we may catch a glimpse of the endangered yellow-legged frogs that live there.

Meet at the Pine Mountain Fire Rd. trailhead, about one mile south of the Meadow Club on the Fairfax-Bolinas Rd. Heavy rain cancels. Call Amelia if in doubt.

Leader: Amelia Ryan (707) 481-9932

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