Place: Little Bald Mountain and surrounding areas on Georgetown Ranger District, Eldorado National Forest. Little Bald Mountain is an outcrop of serpentine on which we can see a State listed rare plant, Packera layneae, and a perennial herb that is native to California and is endemic (limited) to California alone. It is included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list 1B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere). It is listed by the State of California as Rare and by the Federal Government as 'Threatened. We may also see Allium congdonii var. sanbornii or Allium sanbornii var. sanbornii. These are on List 4.2 and 4.3 of the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants, and of interest to the Rare Plant Treasure Hunt. There are also other somewhat unusual plants which thrive on the peculiar soils. We will be driving on native surface forest roads for most of the day. A high clearance vehicle or even 4WD is advisable.
Meeting Time and Meeting Place: 10 AM at the Georgetown Public Library.
Duration: All day.
Level of Difficulty: About 2 miles of moderate ups and downs
What to Bring: Long sleeved light-weight shirt (poison oak), hiking footwear, sunscreen, lunch, water, camera, gps………there is a partial plant list for the area, and we can add to that.
Contact Information: Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let me know if you are coming on this hike. It’s a long drive, and too few people will cancel the hike.