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2017 Redbud Field Trips


Castle Peak

All Redbud field trips are free and open to non-members as well as members. Unless stated otherwise, Redbud trips are easy, as we usually walk slowly and stop to view, identify, talk about, and enjoy each plant species. Most of our trips are led by at least one botanist.

Bring water, lunch/snack, sun screen, hat, jacket, rain gear, and hand lens, as needed. Children are warmly welcomed, but please arm them with a whistle! No pets are allowed on Redbud field trips (service dogs are permitted).

Ride sharing is recommended, as parking at most trailheads is limited. We also suggest riders share the cost of gas, perhaps giving $5 to the driver for under 40 miles round-trip, more if longer.  Field trips will be canceled if heavy rain (or snow) is predicted.

Flannel Bush

It is hard to predict when and where wildflowers bloom; wildflower displays may vary greatly depending upon weather patterns.  A cold, long winter means later blooms, while natives blossom earlier if March is warm and dry.   To see native plants at their best, field trip dates must be flexible.  Trip dates, times, and locations are posted as soon as scheduled; check this website and the Redbud Facebook page for updates.  For advance email notice of trips, sign up for the Redbud Yahoo Listserv (see Redbud homepage).

If you would like to lead a field trip or know a good destination, please email your write-up or suggestion at least 2 weeks before the scheduled date to and we will see that it gets announced.  The write-up should include: date and time, directions to meeting place, what to bring, distance and  length of time the walk will take, difficulty and elevation change if known, and what people may see and experience there.


Rock Creek Field Trip (Family-friendly)
Saturday, June 10 at 9:00 a.m.

Description from the new Redbud Wildflowers book, 2nd edition:

"Rock Creek Nature Trail meanders along Rock Creek among diverse riparian and forest plant life. Just under 1 mile in length, the trail is unique for the number of orchid species to be found there. Look for Phantom Orchid, Spotted Coralroot Orchid, Striped Coralroot Orchid, and Rattlesnake Plantain, Twinflower, Lady Fern, Creeping Snowberry, Pine Rose, Sweet Trillium, Brookfoam, Elk Clover, Fringe Cups, Brewer’s Bishop’s Cap, and Hooker’s Fairybell. The mostly level path is shaded by large Pacific Yew, Douglas-fir, [Big-Leaf Maple], and Madrone, along with California Hazelnut and three species of dogwood.” Restrooms and picnic tables at trailhead.

This hike is suitable for children; we encourage families to attend. Trip leader:  Jeanne Wilson

   Take Highway 20 east from Nevada City for 6 miles. Turn left at the “Forestry Conservation Camp” sign and follow the paved road for about a mile. You will see a “Rock Creek Nature Trail” sign with an arrow pointing left to an unpaved road. Turn left and drive about 1.5 miles to trailhead parking (you will see a sign for Rock Creek, picnic tables and a restroom).

Please RSVP in one of two ways:

• Google: Go to and fill out the on-line RSVP form.
• Email  Include name, email address, cell phone number, number of adults in your group, and number of children. If you can give someone a ride or need a ride, please provide details, and we'll try to coordinate carpooling.

When you RSVP by either means, you will receive a confirmation email. You should receive another email the evening before the hike, confirming the trailhead meeting time and any carpool arrangements.

Bring:   Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, good mosquito repellent, rain gear/windbreaker (depending on weather), and lunch; we can eat at the picnic tables after the walk and continue native-plant conversations.