Field Trips

2010 Field Trips

  • July 24. Carson Pass (Alpine Co.) 
    The trail from Carson Pass to Winnemucca Lake is approximately 4.5
    miles round trip and gains 500 feet of elevation.  Bring a lunch and
    plenty of water.  There is a $5 day use fee for each vehicle at Carson
    Pass.  Fee waived for Interagency Pass and El Dorado NF Annual Pass
    holders.  Trip departure times are:  Pink Scolaris in Reno, 8:15am;
    Carson City Forest Service Office, 8:45am; Woodford's Station, 9:30am,
    Carson Pass, 10am.  Leaders: Elizabeth Bergstrom 775-884-8154, ebergstrom@fs.fed.us and Janel Johnson 775-684-2911, jdjohnson@state.nv.us
  • July 17. Eriogonum Quest, Churchill Narrows (south of Fort Churchill) and other stops (Lyon Co.), Eriogonums visited during the Eriogonum Society Field Trips (June 12 and 13).  Breakfast at Denny's on North Carson Street at Hot Springs Rd, 8am, depart at 9am.  If coming from Reno leave from the Pink Scolaris on South Virginia at 7:30am for breakfast or 8:30am otherwise.  Leader John Weiser, 775-331-4485.
  • July 10. Chapman Saddle (North of Yuba Pass, CA 49,
    Sierra County, CA.)  Meet at 10:00 am at Yuba Pass, CA on Highway 49,
    in parking area on south side of highway.  High clearance vehicles are
    not necessary.  For those traveling from Reno, meet at the McDonald’s
    on southwest corner of West McCarran and Mae Anne just north of
    Interstate 80 at 8:30 am.  For those coming from Carson City, meet at
    the Forest Service office, on Carson Street south of the mall at 8:30
    am.  Leaders Bill and Nancy Harnach, 530-994-3464.
  • June 19. Spooner Lake State Park. 
    Meet at 9:00 am at the stone circle trail-head at Spooner Lake State
    Park.  Write "NNPS" on a card and place it on your dash in front of the
    steering wheel to waive park entry fee.  Carson City meeting place at
    IHOP (3883 S. Carson St, east side just south of Raley's) for breakfast
    at 7:30 am or 8:30 am for the field trip.  Reno rendezvous 8:00 am and
    the Pink Scolari's.  If coming for breakfast, leave by 7:00 am.
    Leader: Ann Pinzl, 883-0463.
  • June 5. Little Valley.  Meet at the Bower's Mansion parking lot (on old 395 in Washoe Valley) at 10:00 am. If carpooling, plan to leave the Pink Scolari's in Reno by 9:35 am. From Carson City leave the SE corner of the Save Mart parking lot in north Carson City at College Parkway and N. Carson St. by 9:30 am. The road to Little Valley is typically in poor condition in the spring so 4WD vehicles are required. Leader: John Christopherson 775-684-2507, jchrist [at] forestry [dot] nv [dot] gov. Alternate contact: Janel Johnson 775-684-2911, jdjohnson [at] state [dot] nv [dot] us.
  • May 29. Rosaschi Ranch/Masonic Mountain. 
    Final meeting place is Rosachi Ranch parking area on the East Walker
    River, Forest Road 28, near the Sonoma historical site. Departure
    times for carpool locations are: Reno Pink Scolari's, 8 am; Carson
    City Forest Service Office (1536 South Carson Street), 8:30am,
    Douglas High School (south end of parking lot) 8:50 am.  After a tour
    of the restoration activities, we will drive up the back road to
    Masonic Mountain to see locations of three rare plants: Phacelia
    monoensis, Astragalus oophorus var. lavinii, and Streptanthus
    oliganthus. The Masonic Mountain portion requires high clearance
    vehicles. Leader: Elizabeth Bergstrom 775-884-8154, ebergstrom@fs.fed.us. Alternate Contact: Janel Johnson 775-684-2911, jdjohnson@state.nv.us.
  • May 22. Waterfall Fire Revegetation Study Area (Carson City). 
    Meet at 9:00 am at the Jack Davis Observatory, on Van Patten Ave., of
    the Western Nevada College in Carson City. From Reno take US 395 Exit
    43 (US 395 Bus.) - N. Carson St., at the second traffic light, College
    Parkway, turn right, turn right at stop sign, Ormsby St., it will curve
    left and you will be on Combs Canyon Road, go left on Murphy Dr., and
    right on Vanpallan. Reno rendezvous at 8:20 am from the Pink Scolari's.
    http:www.wnc.edu/waterfall/trail  Leaders Mike Sady (WNC) 775-445-4400 or Larry Taylor, 775-883-6016.
  • May 15. Washoe Lake State Park. 
    Meet at 9:30 am at the parking lot inside the main entrance to the park
    on Eastlake Blvd. (across from Dead Man's Canyon). This is 3.3 miles
    NE from US 395 exit 44. Morning, scout Dead Man's Canyon, late arrivals
    join after lunch for exploration near the lake. Reno rendezvous 8:45,
    Pink Scolari's - Carson 9:00 am at Save Mart (see May 8th trip). Leader
    Ann Pinzl, 775-883-0463.
  • Sunday, Earth Day, April 25. Spanish Springs (Washoe Co.)
    9:00 am - Meet at Walgreen's on the corner of Pyramid Lake Highway
    & Eagle Canyon Road. Leaders Connie Douglas, 775-425-1305, and
    Bonnie Larsen, 775-972-0583.
  • April 17. McCarran Ranch/Lower Truckee River (Washoe/Storey Cos.)  Come join The Nature Conservancy for a day of willow planting on the banks of the Truckee River. NOTE: This has the potential to be muddy work so please bring solid shoes and wading boots or fishing waders if you have them. Following the event, we'll have snacks and beverages. Meet at 10:00 am at the 102 Ranch. Leader: Janel Johnson 775-684-2911

2009 Field Trips

  • Tahoe Meadows (Washoe Co.), August 8. Field trip photos by Janel Johnson. Meet for breakfast at 8:30 am at Tamarack Junction Casino at 13101 S. Virginia St. (from highway 395 take Damonte Ranch Parkway exit west, then south on S. Virginia St.). Coffee Shop is on the right just after the entrance. If not breakfasting join the group by 9:30 am. If coming from the south meet at 8:00 am at the east end of Treadway Park off Fleischmann St., west of Division, to leave surplus cars in shade. Final meeting place at 10:00 am at the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead on southeast side of Mt. Rose Highway west of the road summit. Leaders Elizabeth Bergstrom 775-884-8154 and Janel Johnson 775-684-2911.
    • Mount Lola (Nevada Co., CA), July 26 (Sunday). First meeting place - at the McDonald’s on southwest corner of West McCarran and Mae Anne just north of Interstate 80 at 8:00 am. Second meeting place - On State Route 89 at the exit from Interstate 80 towards Loyalton at 9:00 am. Third meeting place - At the rest area at the junction of State Route 89 and Henness Pass Road at 9:30 am. Bring raingear, food, water, and insect repellent (Note: I have led two trips in the past to Mount Lola and both times we have had violent thunderstorms or hail). Standard vehicles permitted. Leader Gary Monroe 775-359-4863.
    • Slide Mountain (Washoe Co.), July 18. Field trip photos by Janel Johnson. Meet for breakfast at 8:30 am at Tamarack Junction Casino at 13101 S. Virginia St. (from highway 395 take Damonte Ranch Parkway exit west, then south on S. Virginia St.). Coffee Shop is on the right just after the entrance. If not breakfasting join the group by 9:30 am. If coming from the south meet at 8:00 am at the east end of Treadway Park off Fleischmann St., west of Division, to leave surplus cars in shade. Final meeting place at 10:00 am at the back end of Mt. Rose Campground at the summit of Mt. Rose Highway (431). We will walk a narrow ascending road for approximately 1 mile. Leaders Elizabeth Bergstrom 775-884-8154 and Janel Johnson 775-684-2911.
    • Prison Hill/Silver Saddle Ranch (Carson City), July 1 (Wednesday). Meet for breakfast in Carson City at 8:00 am at Denny’s on the NE side of Hot Springs Road and Carson St. (From Reno take exit 43). To car pool from Reno meet at the Pink Scolari’s at Southwest Pavilion, 8165 S. Virginia St. If coming for breakfast depart Reno at 7:20 am, if just coming for the field trip depart Reno at 8:20 am. Departure from Denny’s will be 9:00 am. Leader Larry Taylor 775-883-6016.
    • Dog Valley north of Verdi (Sierra Co., CA), June 20. Field trip photos by Janel Johnson. If coming from the south gather in Carson City at 7:45 am at the east end of Treadway Park off Fleischmann St., west of Division, to leave surplus cars in shade. Reno meeting at 8:30 am at the McDonald’s at Mae Anne and North McCarran. Final meeting at 9:00 am in downtown Verdi, SR 425 and Dog Valley Road. Leaders Elizabeth Bergstrom 775-884-8154 and Janel Johnson 775-684-2911.
    • Spooner Lake (Douglas Co.), June 13. Meet for breakfast in Carson City at Carson Station Hotel Casino (900 S. Carson Street on the west side of Carson Street/Highway 395) at 8:00 am. You can park in Carson Station’s parking lots between 10th & 11th Streets or on the west side of Curry Street (one block west of Carson Street/Rte 395). Those not joining the group for breakfast should meet at the Spooner Lake parking lot at 9:30 am. Mention you are with the wildflower walk and your park entrance fee will be waived. Leader Ann Pinzl 775-883-0463.
    • Spring Mountains (Clark Co.), June 13. Meet at 7:00 am at the Kyle Canyon turnoff on Hwy 95. The trip will head up the mountain in search of wildflowers. For more info, contact DeVon Ekenstam 702-378-0624 or ekenstam [at] mvdsl [dot] com. Frenchman's Lake & Ferris Swamp (Plumas Co., CA), June 7 (Sunday - changed from newsletter!). Meet at the Frosty in Chilcoot California on the north side of highway 70. This is west from Hallelujah Junction on highway 395. Leaders Bill & Nancy Harnach 530-994-3464.
    • East side of Diamond Range (Plumas Co., CA) and Red Rocks (Washoe Co.), May 30. Meet at 8:00 am just north of US 395 at the Red Rock Road exit, in the cul-de-sac just south of the Shell Station on the west side of Red Rock Road. Leader John Dyer 775-677-2714.
    • Pine Nut Mountains, Sunrise Pass (Douglas Co.), May 16. Meet for breakfast at 8:00 am at Denny's in Carson City on the NE corner of Hot Springs Road and Carson Street (this is US 395 business route, take exit 43 if coming from Reno). To car pool from Reno meet at the pink Scolari's in the Southwest Pavilion at 8165 S. Virginia St. If coming for breakfast depart at 7:20 am, if tripping but not breakfasting depart at 8:20 am. Departure from Denny's will be at 9:00 am. Leaders Dr. Robin Tausch 775-784-5329 (USFS) and Larry Taylor 775-883-6016.
    • North Valleys Sagebrush Ramble (Washoe Co.), May 6 (Wednesday). Meet at 8:45 am. Place to be determined. Call the leaders Connie Douglas 775-425-1305 & Bonnie Larsen 775-972-0583 for the meeting place.
    • Gold Butte (Clark Co.), April 25. Meet DeVon at Whitney Pockets on Friday evening (any time) or on Saturday morning at ±8:00 am. DeVon will be in a black Ford Ranger parked just off the road at Whitney pockets. We will begin in the area around Whitney Pockets and go from there when everyone arrives. If there is enough interest, the field trip could be extended to the 26th. Please call ahead if you are planning to attend so we will know who to expect and when, and so you can get directions, if needed. Call DeVon Ekenstam at 702-378-0624 or e-mail to ekenstam [at] mvdsl [dot] com. This is a combined field trip with the Friends of Gold Butte. There is plenty of lodging in Mesquite, NV if you do not want to stay overnight.
    • CANCELED!! Truckee River Canyon (Washoe/Storey counties), April 25. Meet at 8:00 am at 780 Vista Blvd., SW corner of Vista and Prater Way in Sparks (AMEC Engineering parking lot). High clearance vehicles recommended. Leader John Dyer 775-677-2714.
    • First Creek (Clark Co.), April 18. Join DeVon at 7:30am at the First Creek trailhead parking off of Hwy 159 (just north of Spring Mtn Ranch State Park). This is a great hike and hopefully the waterfall is still flowing good. Contact DeVon Ekenstam at 702-378-0624 or e-mail to ekenstam [at] mvdsl [dot] com.
    • Highland Range and/or Nelson area (Clark Co.), April 4. Meet at 8 am at the Railroad Pass Casino parking lot. We will explore the area around the Highland Range (west side of US 95 south of the Nelson Road turnoff). If not much is blooming, we can take the road to Nelson and see what is blooming closer to the lake. For more information, contact Matt Hamilton at 702-468-2251 or mojave0827 [at] aol [dot] com.

    2008 Field Trips

    August 2008:
    • Barker Pass above Homewood (west shore Lake Tahoe, California), August 2. May include search for Tahoe yellowcress. Leaders Gary Monroe 775-359-4863 and Steve Caicco 775-861-6341.

    July 2008:

    • Summit Lake north of Donner summit (northern California), July 26. Meet at 8:00 am at the McDonald's at the southwest corner of North McCarran & Mae Anne in NW Reno. Pack a lunch and water. Trip involves a hike of approximately 3 miles. For those who plan to meet at Donner Summit, call leader Paul Mungan for meeting location (747-4567). To extend your weekend at Donner summit join Larry Taylor for Saturday night and Sunday. Bring sleeping bag. Bunk at Sierra Club's Clair Tappaan Lodge at Norden on old US 40. Dinner, breakfast, and U-build-it sack lunch included at $46 for SC members, $51 for non-members. Need more information? Call Larry Taylor at 775-883-6016.
    • Antelope Valley (near Sierra Valley, northern California), July 12. Group 1 will meet at 8:00 am at the McDonald's at the Lemon Valley exit on highway 395 north of Reno. Group 2 will meet at 8:00 am at Country Cooking in Loyalton for coffee and/or breakfast. Country Cooking is on the east side of Highway 49, next to the new Sierra County Sheriffs office. The two groups will converge at Country Cooking at 9:00, and proceed from there. Travel will be on dirt roads, high clearance vehicles suggested, bring lunch and beverages, and sunscreen. Ride sharing will be available. For more info call John Dyer, 775-770-0035 (day) or 775-677-2714 (evenings), or Bill or Nancy Harnach at 916-994-3464.

    June 2008:

    • Lower Prey Meadows (Lake Tahoe east shore), June 14. Meet at 8:00 am for breakfast at Denny's in Carson City at the NE corner of Hot Springs Road and N. Carson St. From Reno take exit 43. Depart from Denny's at 9:00 am. Reno carpoolers meet at 7:15 am at the Pink Scolari's at 8165 S. Virginia St. if meeting for breakfast, otherwise meet at 8:15 am. Final rendezvous at 9:45 at gate to Skunk Harbor road on Highway 28, 1 mile N of Carson/Douglas County line. Bring lunch and water. Hike to meadow is approximately 1.5 miles (Julie Carville "Hike" #29). Leader Larry Taylor 775-883-6016.

    May 2008:

    •  Lower slopes of Peavine Mountain (Washoe Co.), May 17. Meet at 8:00 am at the McDonald's at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395 north of Reno. Leader Paul Mungan 747-4567.
    • Silver Peak area (Esmeralda Co.), May 9-11+. Should be some of the best spring flowers in Nevada this year. Dry camping in the Silver Peak Range. Gas, groceries, RV parks, and motels available in Tonopah and Goldfield. To coordinate carpooling, be at May 1 NNPS meeting in Reno, or call trip leaders. First meeting place Friday May 9th: intersection of Nevada highways 264 and 773, north end of Fishlake Valley, no later than 1:00 pm. Fill gas in Hawthorne if coming from Reno area, Big Pine or Bishop if coming from Owens Valley, or Tonopah if coming from southeast. Camping Friday night Coyote Summit on road between Fishlake Valley and town of Silverpeak. Second meeting place Saturday May 10th: Coyote Summit no later than 10:00 am. Camping Saturday night Railroad Summit between Silverpeak and Lida. Third meeting place Sunday May 11th: Railroad Summit no later than 9:30 am. Stephen Ingram of CNPS will join the group to lead us to some rare species habitat. For those interested in joining later or staying longer, Jim Morefield will meet any malingerers at Railroad Summit Sunday night or Monday late-morning, and stay through the 13th or 14th. Leaders Gary Monroe (359-4863), Larry Taylor (883-6016), and Jim Morefield (782-4360).
    • Pine Nut Range (Douglas Co.), May 3.
    • CANCELED! Gold Butte (Clark Co.), May 2-4 (Friday-Sunday). Join field trip leader Devon Ekenstam (ekenstam [at] mvdsl [dot] com or 702-378-0624) for either day hikes or an overnight stay in the Whitney Pockets area of the Gold Butte area south of the City of Mesquite along the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway. For those who prefer facilities, the amenities of the City of Mesquite are not far away.

    April 2008:

    • Petersen Range (Washoe Co.), April 26. Meet at 8:00 am at the cul-de-sac north of highway 395 at the Red Rock exit. This is just south of the Shell Station. Leaders John Dyer 775-677-2714 and Bonnie Larsen 775-972-0583.
    • Mormon Mountains (Clark Co., possibly the Hackberry Springs area), April 19. Meet field trip leader Devon Ekenstam (ekenstam [at] mvdsl [dot] com or 702-378-0624) at the Carp Elgin exit on Interstate 15 North of the Las Vegas Valley at 7:30 AM. Will botanize in sandy lowland areas up to middle elevations of the Mormon Mountains. Expect to see a wide variety of Mojave Desert flora, including Yucca, Agave and our native desert shrubs. We will stop for lunch at the Logandale Park for a picnic after the hike. Upper Las Vegas Wash area of North Las Vegas (Clark Co.), April 5. Another local group, the Protectors of Tule Springs (POTS), will be offering a hike to view Las Vegas Bearpoppy habitat. To join them, meet at 9:45AM at the Sun City Aliante Clubhouse parking lot (NE corner of Aliante Parkway and Elkhorn, north of the 215.) Contact Sue Wainscott (suewainscott [at] mac [dot] com) for more information.

    March 2008:

    • North Shore Road and Valley of Fire State Park area (Clark Co.), March 22nd (exact destination to be determined). Meet field trip leader Matt Hamilton (702-468-2251) at the USGS office in Henderson (directions below) at 7:00 AM to begin our excursion. The trip will consist of either several short hikes or an extended hike depending upon participant’s interest and available floral displays.

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    2007 Field Trips

    August 2007:
    • Bristlecone Pines, White Mountains (Mono Co., CA), August 10-12 (Friday-Sunday). The Summer Sojourn by the Bristlecone CNPS Chapter (Bishop) will be held at the UC White Mountain Research Station, Crooked Creek Facility, on August 11 and 12 [Note: this is not the same as the trip scheduled by the NNPS on June 1-3]. Cost for the CNPS Summer Sojourn is $100 per person. Accommodations include either a dorm room (limited number) or a tent area. The station is at 10,000 feet, and will focus on alpine flora and habitat. The Saturday night speaker will be Dr. Connie Millar of the USFS Pacific Southwest Research station, a paleoecologist, speaking about historic climate change on the structure, composition, and function of high-elevation and tree-line populations in the Sierra Nevada and the western Great Basin. More information can be obtained from Cheryl Chipman at 760-872-7636, or at gocc [at] cebridge [dot] net, or at http://www.wmrs.edu. Registration is limited due to the size of the research station. Registration deadline is July 28, but don't wait, the trip may be full by then. If you plan to attend, prepare for the effects of high elevation. NNPS coordinator John Dyer (775-677-2714).

    July 2007:

    • Lamoille Canyon, Ruby Mountains (Elko Co.), July 27-29 (Friday-Sunday). We have reserved spaces 10 and 11 (each with 40' long parking space & tent pads) in Thomas Canyon Campground (the only public camp in Lamoille Canyon - about a mile past the Lions Club camp). These spaces are in Loop B, the first road to the right after leaving the main road. Altitude at the camp is 7600 feet. Leaders Gary Monroe (775-359-4863) and Larry Taylor (775-883-6016).
    • Pole Creek (near Squaw Valley, Placer Co., CA), July 14th. Meet at McDonalds in the shopping mall at the corner of North McCarran & Mae Anne in NW Reno at 8 am. Pack a lunch and water. Trip involves a hike of approximately 3 miles. We should be back in Reno before 5 pm. Questions, contact leaders Paul Mungan (775-747-4567).

    June 2007:

    • Monitor Pass (Alpine Co., CA), June 30th. Meet at 7:30 am at the Pink Scolari's market at Southwest Pavilion at 8165 S. Virginia Street, Reno. Second meeting place will be at Denny's in Carson City at the NE corner of Carson Street (US 395 business) and Hot Springs Road. Departure from Denny's will be 8:15 am. Third meeting place will be at 9:30 at Monitor Junction at highways 395 and 89. If coming from Carson Valley call leader Larry Taylor (775-883-6016).
    • Smith Valley (Lyon Co.), June 16th. Meet at 7:30 am at the Pink Scolari's market at Southwest Pavilion at 8165 S. Virginia Street, Reno. Second meeting place will be at Denny's in Carson City at the NE corner of Carson Street (US 395 business) and Hot Springs Road. Departure from Denny's will be 8:15 am. Third meeting place will be 9:15 am at Holbrook Junction at highways 395 and 208. If coming from Carson Valley call leader Larry Taylor (775-883-6016).
    • Westgard Pass, White Mountains (Inyo Co., CA), June 1-3 (Friday-Sunday). We have reserved Ferguson Campground in the Cedar Flat area on highway 168 east of Big Pine. This is a dry camp. Leader John Reid (714-457-3149).

    May 2007:

    • Loyalton (Sierra Co., CA), May 19th. First meeting place is the McDonalds parking lot at the Lemmon Valley exit on Highway 395 north of Reno. Departure at 8 am. Second meeting place is at 9 am at the turnoff on the east side of Highway 49 to the Sierra County landfill/transfer station about 1 mile north of Loyalton. We will park there and consolidate passengers to reduce vehicle numbers. General directions from Reno: Drive north on Highway 395, take Highway 70 west at Hallelujah Junction, proceed through Chilcoot, then turn south on Highway 49 at Vinton. Proceed south on Highway 49 to landfill/transfer station exit. If you pass the Mormon Church or Smithneck Road on the east side of Highway 49 or come to Loyalton, you went too far - turn around and go back north on Highway 49. Leaders John Dyer (775-770-0035) and Bill and Nancy Harnach (530-994-3464).
    •  Eagle/Dayton Valleys & Eldorado Canyon (Carson City and Lyon Co.), May 5th. Meet at 8 am for breakfast at Denny's in Carson City at the NE corner of Carson Street (US 395 business) and Hot Springs Road. From Reno take the first Carson City off ramp (exit 43). Reno meeting place will be the Pink Scolari's market at Southwest Pavillion at 8165 S. Virginia Street. Departure from Reno will be at 7:20 am for those who want breakfast at Denny's (Gary Monroe leader 775-359-4863) or depart at 8:20 am for the field trip (Oyvind Frock leader 775-826-8779). Departure from Denny's will be 9 am. Hiking will be moderate but may require some shallow wading. Leaders Larry Taylor (775-883-6016) and Paul Mungan (775-747-4567).

    April 2007:

    •  Hungry Valley (Washoe Co.), April 21st. Meet at 8:30 am at the Starbucks parking lot at the corner of Pyramid Way and McCarran Blvd. in Sparks. The exact trip destination is flexible. Flower evidence will determine location in the Hungry Valley area. Be prepared to walk up some inclined slopes. Leaders Paul Mungan (775-747-4567) and Connie Douglas (775-425-1305). Call Connie to arrange a second meeting place in Spanish Springs.
    • Summerlin Earth Day (Clark Co.), April 21st. Come visit (or help with!) our Earth Day booth at Summerlin Centre Community Park, 1800 South Town Center Drive (between Sahara and Charleston), Las Vegas. The event will feature live musical entertainment, interactive displays, children’s environmental art, and learning activities, food, and exhibits. Upper Las Vegas Wash (Clark Co.), April 16th (Monday!). Also hosted by the "Friends" of the Upper Las Vegas Wash group, this is a repeat of last Fall's trip where 3 different fossil and plant sites were visited. Sign up with Sue Wainscott (702)-455-3859 or eriogonum [at] earthlink [dot] net by March 9th.
    • Upper Las Vegas Wash (Clark Co.), April 14th. Hosted by the "Friends" of the Upper Las Vegas Wash group, a BLM representative will lead us into the trenches of the "Big Dig," where they will be looking at numerous fossil beds. This area is also home to Las Vegas bear poppies and Las Vegas buckwheat. Sign up with Sue Wainscott (702)-455-3859 or eriogonum [at] earthlink [dot] net by March 9th.

    2006 Field Trips

    October 2006
    • Frazier Falls for fall colors (Plumas Co., CA), October 7th. Meet at 8:00 am at the McDonald’s at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395, north of Reno. Second meeting place at 9:00 at the park and ride at the intersection of Highways 70 and 89 at Blairsden, near Graeagle, CA. Leaders: John Dyer (775) 677-2714 and Fred Peterson (775) 747-2364.

    September 2006

    • Fall colors and seeds, September 23rd. For details, call leaders: John Dyer (775) 677-2714 and John Reid (530) 546-4127 (M-Th) or (760) 932-9861 (F-Su).

    August 2006

    • Grover Falls or Burnside Lake (Alpine Co., CA), August 19th. Meet at 8:00 am at the pink Scolari’s at 8165 S. Virginia St. Second meeting place at 8:45 near the southeast corner of Albertson’s North Carson Store. When you come into Carson City do not get on the new freeway. Albertson’s is west of highway 395 just past Glen Eagles Restaurant. Third meeting place at 9:30 at the Dairy Queen on the northwest corner of the junction of highways 395 and 88 at the north end of Minden. Leaders: Paul Mungan (775) 747-4567 and John Reid (530) 546-4127 (M-Th) and (760) 932-9861 (F-Su). [A welcome dip in Grover Hot Springs ($5.00) is an option after the field trip].
    •  New Mount Rose Trail (Washoe Co.), August 1st (Tuesday!). Meet at 8:00 am at the pink Scolari’s at 8165 S. Virginia St. Leader: Jerry Tiehm (775) 329-1645.

    July 2006

    • North Loop Trail, Mt. Charleston Wilderness (Clark Co.), July 22nd. While everyone is sizzling down in the Valley, you can join Trip Leaders Trent Draper and Gary Reese to botanize at higher elevations. The North Loop Trail starts around 8500 ft, just off the Deer Creek Highway and near Hilltop campground, we will hike close to 10,000 feet. Altitude sickness is always a possibility. We will hike 2-3 miles from the trailhead into the Mt. Charleston Wilderness to where the trail levels off into a nice Pinus longaeva (bristlecone pine) grove. We will talk about plant communities along the way and potentially see many species of concern such as Arenaria kingii ssp. rosea, Castilleja martinii var. clokeyi, Draba jaegeri, Ericameria compacta, Lesquerella hitchcockii, Pedicularis semibarbata var. charlestonensis, Penstemon leiophyllus var. keckii, Penstemon thompsoniae ssp. jaegeri, and Salvia dorrii var. clokeyi. We will also be watching for other species of concern that may occur in the area such as Townsendia jonesii var. tumulosa, Viola charlestonensis, Sphaeromeria compacta, and Phacelia hastata var. charlestonensis as well as many montane plant species. Nice views of the Spring Mountains and on a clear day, Fortification Hill at Lake Mead National Recreation Area can be seen. Bring sturdy shoes, water, lunch, and sunscreen. For any questions regarding the field trip, please contact DeVon Ekenstam at (702) 378-0624.
    • Gold Lake/Graeagle area (Plumas Co., CA), July 22nd. Paleofossils with Anna Thompson, botany instructor at Feather River College in Quincy. Meet at 8:00 am at the McDonald’s at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395, north of Reno. Second meeting place at 9:00 at the park and ride at the intersection of Highways 70 and 89 at Blairsden, near Graeagle, CA. Leader: John Dyer (775) 677-2714(h) or (775) 770-0035(c).
    • Frazier Falls, July 8th (Plumas Co., CA). Meet at 8:00 am at the McDonald’s at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395, north of Reno. Second meeting place at 9:00 am at the park and ride at the intersection of Highways 70 and 89 at Blairsden. Leaders Bill and Nancy Harnach (530) 994-3464 and Fred Peterson 747-2364.
    • Lincoln County, Nevada, July 1st. Details about this field trip are forthcoming. For any questions regarding the field trip, please contact

    June 2006

    • Peavine Mountain high elevations (Washoe Co.), June 17th. Meet at 8:00 am at the McDonald’s at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395, north of Reno. Participants should be prepared for all weather conditions because we have encountered snow in previous years. Be sure to bring a hat and sun screen. Also, wear good walking shoes for negotiating rough ground. Leaders Paul Mungan (775) 747-4567 and Bonnie Larsen (775) 972-0583.
    • Zion National Park (Washington Co., UT), June 9-10 (Friday-Saturday). Come join our overnight trip to venture into beautiful southwestern Utah. More details will follow regarding botanizing, camping availability and the potluck on Friday night. We will meet Friday evening at City Park in Virgin. For any questions regarding the field trip, please contact DeVon Ekenstam at (702) 378-0624.
    • Carson City area, June 4th (Sunday!). Explore hills and canyons of the Carson area. In Reno, meet at 8:00 am at the Pink Scolari’s, 8165 South Virginia Street to carpool. In Carson City meet at 8:45 near the southeast corner of Albertson’s North Carson Store. From Reno, access via gas station entrance on west side of Highway 395 just past Glen Eagles Restaurant. From Carson, going north on Highway 395, go west (left) on College Parkway (intersection with traffic lights). Leader Larry Taylor (775) 883-6016.

    May 2006

    • Long Valley east of Hallelujah Junction (Lassen Co., CA), May 27th. First meeting place, 8:00 am, at the McDonald’s at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395, north of Reno. Second meeting place will be at the corral at the end of the pavement on Scott Road. Scott Road is 2.2 miles west of Hallelujah Junction on Hwy. 70 and to the north. From the corral we will go another 5 miles N on Scott Road on dirt. The time will be about 8:45. We can leave cars at the corral. People should bring lunch, water, rain gear, insect repellant. Leaders Chris Battis and Gary Monroe (775) 359-4863.
    • Lee Canyon (Clark Co.), May 20th. Only a quick 40 minute drive from Las Vegas, here's your opportunity to beat the heat while botanizing at the same time! Meet at 8:00 am at the turn-off to Lee Canyon on US Highway 95. Trip leader DeVon Ekenstam will meet everyone, and the group will drive west on State Route 156 (Lee Canyon Rd.) up the canyon making frequent stops to botanize. Please bring lunch, water, a hat and field walking shoes - terrain is easy to moderate. For any questions regarding the field trip, please contact DeVon Ekenstam at (702) 378-0624.
    • White River Valley (White Pine Co.), May 12th-14th (Friday-Sunday). Meet at Lane's Truck Stop in Preston (White Pine County, Nevada) at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 12th. Lane's is located on Hwy. 318, 7 miles south of the junction of 318 and Hwy. 6. We will plan to eat dinner at the coffee shop and stay either at Lane's Motel (be sure to make reservations in advance (775) 238-5269) or at the Dave Deacon campground at Wayne E. Kirch Wildlife Management Area, approximately 40 miles south of Preston. This is a bare bones campground, although it does have picnic tables, primitive restrooms, and a nearby warm springs for bathing. On Saturday, we will botanize around the Sunnyside area. Please bring items to share for dinner on Saturday night if you are camping. On Sunday morning, we will visit sites in northern White River Valley. Call Tara Forbis (775) 289-7974, Janet Bair (775) 322-4990, ex. 28, or Gary Monroe (775) 359-4863 for details and to reserve a space on this trip.

    April 2006

    • North Valleys/Red Rock area (Washoe Co.), April 29th. High clearance probably desirable. Car pooling desirable. Bring lunch, water, hat. Wear sturdy shoes for walking off trails. Meet 8:30 am in the cul de sac between the Shell Station and Highway 395 on Red Rock Road. Take Highway 395 north from Reno, exit Red Rock Road, and turn right. You will see the station and meeting place west of the road. Leaders John Dyer (775) 677-2714 and Paul Mungan (775) 747-4567.
    • Muddy River Headwaters (Clark Co.), April 29th. Meet at Glendale Restaurant at 8:00 am . The drive takes about 1 hour from Las Vegas: From Las Vegas, take I-15 north to Exit 90 (Glendale-Moapa exit); at the STOP sign at bottom of Exit ramp, turn right and drive approximately 0.2 mile to restaurant. Trip leader, Bruce Lund, will meet everyone, and the group will drive to the field trip site from there. Please bring lunch, water, a hat and field walking shoes - terrain is easy walking on level ground. Muddy River headwaters offers a great birding area, too, so bring binoculars if you like to watch birds! For any questions concerning the field trip, please contact Bruce Lund, (702) 865-2808. February 2006: Mojave Preserve near Cima Road (Clark Co.), February 25th. Leader Devon Ekenstam (702) 378-0624.

    2005 Field Trips

    October 2005
    •  Adopt-a-Wash Weeding Event (Clark Co.), October 8th. Join volunteers on the north bank of the Las Vegas Wash for the "Adopt-a-Wash" weed pull event. We will be working to improve a site intended to be a small, beautiful emergent/riparian zone. The event will last from 9-11 am. All tools will be provided, and there will be a light breakfast snack to give us all a little weed-pulling energy. The site is immediately adjacent to the water. There are a few narrow channels that have cut through it, making careful footing necessary. However, the site itself is not wet, and we will steer clear of the water. If you are interested and would like to join volunteers, please contact Beth Hewitt at (702) 321-5008 or Sonja Kokos at (702) 326-5564.

     August 2005

    • Pacific Crest Trail, Donner Pass - Castle Peak area (northeastern California). Meet at 8:00 am in the McDonald's parking lot at the corner of West McCarran and Mae Ann (Safeway shopping center). This will be an all day hiking trip. We plan on returning to Reno no later than 5:00 pm. Wear sturdy hiking boots and sun-protective clothing; bring lunch, plenty of water, and sunscreen. Leaders Janet Bair (775) 329-9771 and Paul Mungan (775) 747-4567.
    • Ball Canyon (Washoe Co.), August 13th. A midsummer visit to this area, usually visited earlier by NNPS members should lead to new discoveries. Outing will be on private property. Must enter and leave with group through gates which are kept locked. Wear hat! Meet at Bordertown in the northwest part of the parking lot behind the casino at 9:00 am. To reach Bordertown (this is not Boomtown) take Highway 395 north from Reno to the Bordertown exit. Leader Chris Ross (775) 742-0518, or contact Bonnie Larsen (775) 972-0583.
    • New Mt. Rose Trail (Washoe Co.), August 6th. Meet at 8:00 am at the Pink Scolari’s parking lot in Southwest Pavilion at 8165 South Virginia St. We will drive to the new trail head at the Mt. Rose highway summit and hike as far as we can along the trail until snow or time prevents us from continuing further. Bring a lunch and plenty of drinking water. We should be back in Reno by 5 pm. Leaders Paul Mungan (775) 747-4567 and Melanie Scott (775) 746-1667.

    July 2005

    • Lakes Basin (Plumas and Sierra cos., CA), July 30th. Plan on a flower-filled day in this beautiful area. Meet at 8:00am the McDonald’s on Lemmon Valley Drive. Taking Highway 395 north from Reno, exit Lemmon Valley. Turn right and make another right into the shopping center. Second meeting place at the park-and-ride on the north side of Highway 70 at the Highway 89 junction at Blairsden, CA. Arrive by 9:00 am. Leaders: John Dyer (775) 677-2714 and Paul Mungan (775) 747-4567.
    • Carson City area (northern Nevada), July 16th. Explore hills and canyons of the Carson area. In Reno, meet at 8:00 am at the Pink Scolari’s, 8165 South Virginia Street to carpool. In Carson City meet at 8:45 near the southeast corner of Albertson’s North Carson Store. From Reno, access via gas station entrance on West side of Highway 395 just past Glen Eagles Restaurant. From Carson, going north on Highway 395, go west (left) on College Parkway (intersection with traffic lights). Leader Larry Taylor (775) 883-6016.
    • Plumas-Eureka State Park, Jamison Mine to Grass Lake (Plumas Co., CA), July 9th. Group will decide whether to hike to a small lake or explore flatter areas. Wear sturdy shoes. Meet in the cul-de-sac between the Shell Station and the freeway off Red Rock Road for an 8:15 am departure. Traveling north on Highway 395 from Reno, exit Red Rock Road and turn right. You will see the Shell station across the road. Second meeting place at the park-and-ride on the north side of Highway 70 at the Highway 89 junction at Blairsden, CA. Depart the park-and-ride 9:15 am. Leaders Bill and Nancy Harnach (530) 994-3464, Reno contact: John Dyer (775) 677-2714.

    June 2005

    • Sweetwater Mountains/Lobdell Lake (Mono Co., CA), June 25th. Meet at 8:00 am at the Pink Scolari's at 8165 S. Virginia St., second meeting place, at 8:45 am, at J.C. Penney's parking lot in Carson City. The walks should be short, easy, and non-strenuous (no more than 1/4 mile each). Bring lunch, plenty of fluids, sun screen, and shoes that can withstand walking in wet, somewhat muddy meadows. 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles are preferable, but not required. We will have copies of a Sweetwater Mountains plant checklist. Leaders John Reid (760) 932-9861(h) or (530) 581-6247(w) and Paul Mungan (775) 747-4567.
    • Big Den (Desatoya Mountains, Churchill Co.), June 10th-12th (Friday-Sunday). Vigorous hike Sat. morning up Big Den's striking, deep rock-gorge; stony trail, several stream crossings, wear long pants (some nettles). Strong hike up Willow Creek Sun. morning. Primitive camping, bring shovel, stove, table(?), water or microfilter; each person arranges own food. Check details with leaders Oyvind Frock (775) 826-8779 or Fred Peterson (775) 747-2364. High-clearance vehicle best, no camp trailers or motor homes. Meet at site Friday afternoon/evening. Travel directions from center of Fallon, NV, starting at stoplight on US Hwy 50 where US Hwy 95 turns south: 0.0 mi stoplight, go east on Hwy 50 from where Hwy 95 turns south; 47.1 Middlegate, junction with NV Hwy 361 to S, continue E on Hwy 50; 50.3 Junction, turn onto NV Hwy 722 to E toward Eastgate/Ione; 55.3 bridge at Eastgate (abandoned Hwy Maintenance Sta. & store, ranch house), continue E; 56.6 turn left on dirt road at "Wildlife Viewing" sign. 57.3 stay to left on dirt road; 59.7 "Big Den's Creek" sign and cattle guard, stay ahead; 60.2 stay right (ahead) on dirt road; 61.3 pass "Wilderness Study Area" sign and cattle guard; 61.5 Big Den "Campground"! Grab a spot. Note trailhead sign and visitors' book.

    May 2005

    • Sierra Valley area (Plumas/Sierra Co., CA), May 30th (Monday). Not an "official" NNPS walk. Bill and Nancy Harnach invite you to go along with friends and neighbors on an outing they’ve been leading for the last several years. Meet under the bridge on A-23, left side, as you come off of Highway 70 at the Calpine turnoff. This is approximately 1 mile west of Beckwourth, CA. Meet there at 10:30 a.m. or meet Gary Monroe at the Lemmon Drive McDonald’s (see May 21) at 9:30 a.m. to arrange carpooling. Leaders: Gary Monroe: (775) 359-4863 and Bill and Nancy Harnach (530) 994-3464
    • Unionville - Star City Mining District (Humboldt Range, Pershing Co.), May 28th-30th (Saturday-Monday). This is a camping trip. Will hike 1-2 miles each day identifying plants. Because of limited camping area, please call leaders Paul Mungan (775) 747-4567 or John Dyer (775) 677-2714 if you plan on going.
    •  Sierra Valley (Marble Hot Springs Road, Plumas/Sierra Co., CA), May 21st. Meet at 8:00 am. at the McDonald’s on Lemmon Drive, reached by going north from Reno on Highway 395, or meet at 8:45 at the rest stop west of Beckwourth, California on Highway 70. We will also visit lands recently purchased by the Feather River Land Conservancy and botanize the fringes of the marshlands that run through the valley. No restrictions on cars and only about 3 miles of maintained dirt road. All walking on level ground. Leaders: Bill and Nancy Harnach, (530) 994-3464, Reno contact: Gary Monroe, (775) 359-4863.
    • Moapa (Clark Co.), May 21st. Botanizing in the Muddy River Headwaters. We'll explore a diversity of very un-desert habitats including marshes, flooded pastures, mesquite bogs, cottonwood groves, and riparian shrub lands in one of southern Nevada's unique flood plains. Wear shoes you wouldn't mind getting muddy or wet. Bring snacks, liquid, and a lunch. Presses are welcome. Meet at 7:00 am in Moapa at Calamity's Restaurant which takes about one hour to get to from Las Vegas. Take I-15 north to Exit 90 (Glendale/Moapa). Go straight at the stop sign at the bottom of the off ramp and Calamity's is ahead on the left. Contact Sonja Kokos for info. Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge (Nye Co.), May 14th. Ash Meadows is home to more than 24 endemic plant and animal species. The first part of the trip will focus on the endemics. Expect to spend approximately an hour or so exploring the refuge looking for rare plant species. The second part of the trip will focus on restoration efforts on the refuge, specifically the Longstreet Fire Site. Anna Schrenk will join us and bring us up to speed on current restoration activities. In addition to checking on the recovery of the burn site we will be collecting plant material for future restoration needs. Tools will be supplied for those interested in helping collect plant material. Meet at refuge headquarters at 10:00 a.m. (earlier if you would like to get some birding in prior to the field trip). Be sure to bring sturdy shoes, sun protection, plenty of water and a snack. If you have any questions or plan on attending, contact Beth T. Hewitt by Friday May 13th (702) 321-5008 or Elizabeth_Hewitt [at] ccsn [dot] nevada [dot] edu).
    • Bass Flat area south of Fallon (Churchill Co.), May 7th. Easy walking. Bring mosquito repellent, hat, and rain gear as needed. Meet at the southwest side of the Quality Inn on Nugget Avenue for an 8:00 a.m. departure. Second meeting place at McDonald’s on Highway 50 in Fallon, for a 9:30 departure. Leaders Gary Monroe (775) 359-4863 and Melanie Scott (775) 746-1667.
    • Lower Las Vegas Wash (above Lake Las Vegas, Clark Co.), May 7th. Historically, the Las Vegas Wash was an ephemeral desert channel but since the 1950s has been transformed into a perennial riparian landscape. Because a significant riparian seed source was not available as the Las Vegas Wash transformed into a "river," much of the area is "behind the curve." In an attempt to re-create native riparian conditions found along other southwestern drainage's along the Las Vegas Wash, an intensive revegetation program is currently underway. Several sites along the Las Vegas Wash and a review of the evolution of the system will be provided. Leader Seth Shanahan. Contact Sonja Kokos (702) 326-5564 for info.

    April 2005

    •  North Valleys/Red Rock area (Washoe Co.), April 30th. High clearance vehicles probably desirable. Carpooling desirable. Wear sturdy shoes for walking off trails. Meet 8:30 a.m. in the cul-de-sac between the Shell Station and Highway 395 on Red Rock Road. Take highway 395 north from Reno, exit Red Rock Road and turn right. You will see the station and meeting place across the road. Leaders John Dyer (775) 677-2714 and Bonnie Larsen (775) 972-0583.
    • Ball Canyon (Washoe Co.), April 23rd. Bad weather back-up date May 14. Entry is through gates that must be locked behind us. Must go in and out with group. Carpooling required. Dirt roads. Traveling north of Reno on Highway 395, take the Bordertown exit (almost at the California border). Turn left and cross over the freeway. Turn right to Bordertown. Meet in the northwest part of the parking lot behind Bordertown casino at 9:00 a.m. Leaders Fred Peterson (775) 747-2364 and Chris Ross (775) 861-6571 (w), (775) 742-0518.
    • Sloan Canyon (Clark Co.), April 23rd. This is a beautiful opportunity to see our newest Conservation Area with an expert leader. Meet at 9:00 am at the Arco station on Las Vegas Blvd. at St. Rose Parkway (there's a Jack-in- the-Box attached to that gas station). From there we will carpool to the Sloan Canyon Petroglyph site. A 4-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended, more for the rutted dirt roads then anything. It will take approximately 20 minutes from the Arco station to the parking area for the Petroglyph Canyon trail. The total hike up and back should be approximately 2.5 miles. Participants will need to be able to scramble up a 10 foot pour-off and depending on folks abilities the way back may be through the desert over a fairly rough trail. We'll see some interesting geology and flowering plants, as well as the cultural sites. This should take until about noon. Depending on the group's interest and ambitions we can head to either Hidden Valley on the west side of the Conservation Area or the northeast area along the power line road. The flowers were nice a couple of weeks ago in the northeast area. Both of these areas will require 4x4 high ground clearance vehicles. A "quick trip" to these areas should take 2-3 hours minimum Bring plenty of water, food (lunch), sunblock, and a hat. Leader Kathy August (BLM), RSVP and information Sonja Kokos (702) 326-5564, sonjakokos [at] yahoo [dot] com.
    • Hot Springs Mountains vicinity (Churchill Co.), April 16th. Will hike an easy mile or less. Bring mosquito repellent, and rain gear and warm clothes as needed. Meet at the southwest side of the Quality Inn on Nugget Avenue (formerly McCarran House) for an 8:00 a.m. departure. Second meeting place at the Nightingale Exit on I-80 East for a 9:00 a.m. departure. Leaders Gary Monroe (775) 359-4863 and Paul Mungan (775) 747-4567.
    • Death Valley National Park (Inyo Co., CA), April 9th. Death Valley wildflower displays are reputed to be the best in 50 years! The field trip will begin at 9:00 am at Hell's Gate (2-2.5 hours from Las Vegas area: take US 95 North to Beatty, NV, turn left (west) onto Hwy 374, proceed west to Hell's Gate kiosk parking area on left side of the road). The wildflowers should be quite showy in this area then and will provide for an excellent meeting area. If things are a bit past flower here we can always head higher in elevation towards Daylight Pass (4316 ft). From here we will head to Titus Canyon. The road through Titus Canyon is closed but the western access to the mouth of the canyon is still open. (For latecomers needing to meet at Titus Canyon: follow Hwy 374 west to Hwy 190, turn right (north) on 190, turn right (north) on Scotty's Castle Rd., proceed ~15 miles to Titus Canyon Rd. [on right]).We will spend the majority of the day hiking up the canyon and looking at the wildflowers along the way. The hike up the canyon is only a slight incline and we will probably hike 3-4 miles total. In Titus Canyon there are usually a wide variety of plant species to enjoy along the way in addition to narrow slot canyons, unique geologic mosaic formations and potentially Bighorn Sheep sightings. We will stop for lunch along the way and head back to the cars by sundown. Don't forget to bring plenty of water, a lunch and sunscreen. The temperature will most likely be in the 80's but easily could be anywhere from 40-90°, so bring appropriate clothing for both extremes. For those of that are interested in staying over on Saturday night, most campgrounds fill up by mid day, however there is usually plenty of tent or RV (without hookup) sites at Stovepipe Wells (closest to Titus Canyon) and Sunset (Furnace Creek area). You can get more information on campgrounds daily at http://www.nps.gov/deva/Morning.pdf. Leader Jeff Kane, USGS, contact for more information Sonja Kokos 702-326-5564 or via email.

    March 2005

    • Gold Butte (Clark Co.), March 5th. The Field Trip will convene at the Junction of the Virgin River and the Riverside Road (170), and the New Gold Butte Road (which is a Backcountry Byway), at 9:00am. Take Highway I-15 north from Las Vegas toward Mesquite, but you will get off the highway before Mesquite. From the Apex Exit outside of N. Las Vegas (Exit 58) it is 53 miles to Exit 112. We recommend you fill up your fuel tank, get snacks and use the restroom at Glendale Exits 90 and 91. Exit Hwy I-15 at Exit 112. Exit 112 is at the base of Mormon Mesa on the east side, and go right. From Exit 112 it is approximately 3 miles to the Virgin River. Cross the bridge and pull out at a wide spot at the junction of the roads. There is a sign there that says “Bundy’s Melons”. Leaders Todd Esque and Trent Draper. Contact Sonja Kokos (702) 326-5564, sonjakokos [at] yahoo [dot] com, for information.

    2004 Field Trips

    August 2004
    • Osgood Swamp, August 7th. We will be exploring an old lake formed by a morainal dam. Sundew and other wetland plants will be major attractions on this trip. A US Forest Service regional botanist will be along to tell us about the area and help identify plants. Will hike one to two miles. Bring waterproof footwear, lunch and water. Two wheel drive vehicle fine. Plan to depart from the “Pink” Scolari’s at 8165 South Virginia Street at 8:00 a.m. or from J.C. Penny’s parking lot in Carson City at 8:40 a.m. We will be proceeding south on 395, and taking U.S. 50 West to South Lake Tahoe and Myers, CA. Leaders: Paul Mungan, 747-4567 and Janet Bair 329-1974.

    July 2004

    • Ash Meadows, July 31st. Christy Baldino, US Fish and Wildlife Service, will lead a trip to see some later blooming plants at the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. First meeting spot at 7:00 a.m. at the Albertson's grocery store at the southwest corner of Hwy 95 and Craig Road in Las Vegas. Second meeting spot at 9:00 a.m. at the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters building. Low clearance vehicles OK, but some roads are dirt/gravel. Bring hat, sunscreen, plenty of water and lunch. To sign up or request more information, please contact Sue Wainscott, (702) 737-8744 ext. 12, eriogonum [at] earthlink [dot] net
    • Galena Creek headwaters, July 24th. We will be checking out the mountain flowers at an area along the Mt. Rose Highway approximately one half mile above the Mount Rose Ski Area. Possibly will continue to a second location near Tahoe Meadows. Plan to depart at 8:30 a.m. from the “Pink” Scolari’s at 8165 S. Virginia Street, or at 9:15 a.m from the Mt Rose Ski area parking lot near the Mt. Rose Highway. Leaders: Fred Peterson 747-2364; Ed Kleiner 747-3612.
    • Steens Mountain in Eastern Oregon, July 16th-19th (Friday-Monday). This is an opportunity to explore and check out the flora on fascinating Steens Mountain. The mountain, rising 9,773 feet above sea level, was formed as a result of geological forces thrusting and tilting a large block of basaltic rock upward about 20 million years ago. This block was extensively glaciated during the Ice Age, resulting in the deep gorges and lake-filled depressions that you can see on the mountain today. Hiking distances will vary, and hikes will be of moderate difficulty. Bring what you need to camp at beautiful Page Springs Campground which has fire pits, water, and pit toilets. Departures will be independent with trip officially beginning Friday July 16. Take I-80 east to Winnemucca. Go north on US95 through Fields, Oregon to Frenchglen, Oregon and Page Springs campground. Leader: Paul Mungan, 747-4567. Co-leader: Fred Peterson 747-2364.
    • Lakes Basin area near Graeagle, CA, July 10th. Will be hiking from Grass Lake to Long Lake or Gray Eagle Lodge, a moderately difficult hike of approximately 3 miles. This is a lovely area where it is possible to see many plants in a variety of habitats. Wear good walking shoes and bring lunch and water. Paved roads. Plan to depart at 8:00 a.m. from the McDonald’s at the Lemmon Valley exit on Highway 395 north of Reno, or at 9:00 a.m. from the rest stop west of Beckwourth, California. Leaders: Paul Mungan, 747-45677; Fred Peterson 747-2364.

    June 2004

    • Ball Canyon, June 26th. PREFERRED MEETING PLACE: 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot behind Bordertown on Highway 395 for a field trip in Ball Canyon. Take the Bordertown exit off Highway 395 north of Reno, turning left to cross the freeway and then right to Bordertown. Participants will be viewing the native flora on private property west of Bordertown, so gates are involved and it's important to be on time and go in and out with the group. Bring lunch and water. Leader Chris Ross 742-0518. Information Bonnie Larsen 972-0583. (NOTE: a different meeting time and place was accidentally announced for this trip in the printed Newsletter. Any participants who come, by 8:30 a.m., to the McDonalds parking lot at the Lemmon Valley exit off Highway 395 north of Reno will be met and led to the preferred meeting place above.) 
    • Burton Creek, June 19th. Primary stop will be at the meadow at the Placer County Sheriff's office. Other stops may include Burton Creek, Lake Forest Meadow, and Snow Creek. Participants will hike an easy ½ to one mile. Bring lunch, hat, sunscreen and footwear that can take some water. No vehicle restrictions. Meet at McDonald’s at Mae Anne and North McCarran at 8:00 a.m. Second meeting place at McDonald’s at Tahoe City, 9:30 a.m. Field trip will commence at the Placer County sheriff’s office about two miles east of Tahoe City. Leader: John Dyer, (775) 677-2714. Co-Leader: John Reid, (760) 932-9861 or (530) 581-6247.
    • Kyburz Flat, June 12th. Plan to visit moist areas in this Sierra location. Not much walking. Bring lunch, water, mosquito repellent, shoes for wet areas. Will travel on gravel road. No vehicle restrictions. Plan to depart Reno at 8:00 a.m. from near the McDonalds at MaeAnne and N. McCarran or at 8:45 from near the forest service station on CA State Route 89. Area to be visited is approximately 16.5 miles north of I-80 near the rest area at the junction of Hwy. 89 and Fiberboard Road. Leaders: Bill and Nancy Harnach (530) 994-3464, Gary Monroe, 359-4863.

    May 2004

    • Churchill Narrows, May 15th. Here is an opportunity to look for the rare Eriogonum diatomaceum as well as other Eriogonums and other plants. An easy one mile walk is necessary to reach the area. Bring food, water, mosquito repellent and hiking shoes. Be prepared for spring weather of any type. High clearance vehicle necessary. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Quality Inn on Nugget Avenue, Sparks. Second meeting place will be at the Fort Churchill turnoff from ALT 95 at 9:00 a.m. Leader, Jim Morefield, 684-2902. Co-leader Gary Monroe 359-4863.
    • Peavine's fire-altered landscape, May 8th. Joanne Baggs with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Melanie Scott will lead a field trip to visit areas reseeded following last year's fires. Meet at 9:00 am in the McDonald's parking lot at the Lemmon Valley exit off Highway 395. High clearance vehicles strongly recommended. Bring lunch, water, sturdy walking shoes, and sunscreen. Contact co-leaders Joanne Baggs 355-5341 or Melanie Scott 746-1667.

    April 2004

    • Mojave Desert washes, April 17th. Jeri Krueger will lead a trip to view Mojave Desert wash communities in the Piute and Eldorado Valleys, south of Boulder City. The trip will focus on catclaw and mesquite habitats and the relationship between these desert trees, parasitic mistletoe and Phainopepla birds. Binoculars are recommended. Bring lunch, water, hat, boots and sunscreen. We will return to Las Vegas at 2:00 pm. Meeting place to be determined, contact Sue Wainscott (see above).
    • Sand Mountain back side, April 17th. This easy one mile hike will have participants looking for plants on the sand sheet in Fairview Valley that was blown in from Sand Mountain. Time and energy permitting, the group may continue to the Fairview Peak earthquake fault scarp. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the west parking lot of the Quality Inn at 55 E. Nugget Avenue. From I-80 in Sparks, exit McCarran, turn south and then turn right onto Nugget. Second meeting place will be at 9:00 a.m. in McDonald's parking lot along Highway 50 on the west side of Fallon. Be sure to bring lunch and water. Four-wheel drive vehicles are preferable because of the sand, but two-wheel drive O.K. if careful. Car pooling possible as always. Leader: Fred Peterson, 747-2364. Co-leader: Gary Monroe 359-4863.
    • Desert National Wildlife Refuge, April 10th. Janet Bair, David Charlet and Sue Wainscott will lead a field trip to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, north of Las Vegas. We will be breaking in our copies of the latest Mentzelia, A Flora of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada, so please plan to bring your copy! A limited number of Mentzelia (#7) will be available for sale before the field trip for $15.00. Meet at 8:00 am at the Albertson's near Craig Road and Highway 95. We will then carpool to meet at our second meeting place at 8:45 am at the Refuge's Corn Creek Station. Please note that parking is limited at the Corn Creek Station. The roads are not paved within the refuge, 4-wheel drive recommended. Bring lunch, plenty of water, hat, boots, sunscreen and your copy of Mentzelia #7! We will return to Las Vegas in the afternoon. Contact Sue Wainscott (see above). Muddy River, April 3rd. Ann Schreiber will lead a field trip along the Muddy River to see the effects of recent riparian restoration efforts by the Muddy River Regional Environmental Impact Alleviation Committee. Participants can expect to see Mojave Desert scrubland communities and Mojave Desert riparian communities along this warm-spring-fed river system. We will meet at 7:30 am at The Nature Conservancy's Southern Nevada Office, 3380 West Sahara, Las Vegas and carpool to the Muddy River, approximately 1.5 hours north of Las Vegas, near Moapa. Bring lunch, water, hat, boots and sunscreen. We will return to Las Vegas at 2:00 pm. Contact Sue Wainscott, (702) 737-8744 ext. 12, eriogonum [at] earthlink [dot] net, to sign up and/or request more information.

    2003 Field Trips

    August 2003
    • Carson Pass, August 16th. Be prepared to depart at 8:00 a.m. from the parking lot of the the pink Scolari's, Southwest Pavilion, 8165 South Virginia Street. Second meeting place at Staples parking lot on the northeast corner of Highway 395 and Jacks Valley Road in Carson City, departing 8:40 a.m. Telephone Gary Monroe to reserve your place as number of participants is limited. Bring lunch, water, insect repellent. Wear good walking or hiking shoes for approximately four miles of walking. Leader Gary Monroe.

    July 2003

    • Madora Lake, July 19th. Check out summer bloom in Lakes Basin area. Bring lunch, water, mosquito repellant. First meeting place: Plan to depart at 8:00 a.m. from near the MacDonald’s at the Lemmon Valley exit on Hwy. 395 north of Reno. Second meeting place: Depart 9:00 am from the rest area on Highway 70 west of Beckwourth, CA. Leader Gary Monroe.
    •  Santa Rosa Mountains, July 11-13th. This is a three day, two night camping trip to north of Winnemucca. Contact Paul Mungan if you are interested. Lower Lola Montez Lake near Soda Springs, CA, July 5th. Hike one moderately easy mile to Lola Montez Lake and return. Access limited to 5 high clearance vehicles. Area to be visited behind locked gate. Participants may not leave field trip early. Consensus on end time of trip. Remember lunch, water, insect repellant, sun screen. First meeting at 8:00 a.m. at the MacDonald’s at West McCarran and MaeAnne. Second meeting at 9:00a.m. at the Donner Summit rest area on I-80 west of Truckee, CA. Leaders Marsha Ross and Paul Mungan.

    June 2003

    • Ash Meadows, June 22nd. Gina Glenne will lead us on a trip to see some later blooming Ash Meadows plants. First meeting spot at 7:00 a.m. at the Fish and Wildlife Service Office in Las Vegas. Second meeting spot at 8:45 a.m. at the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters building. Low clearance vehicles OK, but dirt/gravel roads. Bring hat, sunscreen, water and lunch. For information contact Sue Wainscott.
    • Benton Range, June 20-22. Three day, two night camping trip with the Bristlecone Chapter of CNPS. High clearance vehicle necessary. Will be hiking 1-5 miles per day in easy to moderately difficult terrain. Bring what you need to camp - food, water. Non-camping options include motels in Lee Vining or the Benton Hot Springs B & B. Meet in the parking lot between the pink Scolari’s and Heidi’s, 8165 South Virginia St., Reno for 10:00 a.m. departure. Meet for optional breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Second meeting place Mono Lake Visitor’s Center just north of Lee Vining, CA. Lunch stop 12:00-1:00 p.m. Campsite to be determined. Contact John Dyer if you are interested.
    • Ball's Canyon, June 14th. (This is a reschedule for the April 26th trip that was cancelled due to snow, and this replaces the Lower Prey Meadows trip listed for this date in the May newsletter.) Chris Ross will be taking us on this hike on private property. Locked gates make it necessary to go in and out together. Meet at 8:00 a.m. near the McDonald’s at the Lemon Valley exit off Highway 395 north of Reno. Second meeting place, 8:30 in the Bordertown back parking lot. Take the Bordertown exit off 395, turning left and then right. Remember that Bordertown is NOT BOOMTOWN. Leaders: Fred Peterson and Paul Mungan.
    • Diamond Range, June 7th. Check out spring bloom in the mountains that parallel the state line north of Reno. Tentatively plan to go to the Snow Lake area and loop around to Frenchman Lake, but this could change depending on flower displays. High clearance vehicles recommended as we expect to be mainly off paved roads. First meeting place, 8:15 in the cul-de-sac by the Texaco Station on Red Rock Road just north of highway 395 north of Reno. Turn north onto Red Rock Road and then left into the cul-de-sac. Second meeting place, 9:00 a.m. at the Chilcoot, CA Frosty on the corner of Highway 70 and Frenchman Lake Road. Leaders John Dyer, Bonnie Larsen, and Bill and Nancy Harnach.

    May 2003

    • Coppins Meadow and Weber Lake, May 31st. First meeting place at McDonald’s at Mae Anne and McCarran. Depart 8:00 a.m. Second meeting place at the rest stop at the Little Truckee Summit, which is at the intersection of Highway 89 and Fiberboard Road (aka Jackson Meadows Reservoir Rd. and Henness Pass Rd.). Depart there at 9:00 a.m. Bring clothing for mild to cold weather, shoes to get wet, mosquito repellent, and lunch. Leaders John Dyer and Paul Mungan. Warm Springs Valley/ Pah Rah Range, May 24th. We will be hiking an easy 1-2 miles. Bring lunch and water. Low clearance vehicle O.K., but dirt roads. Depart at 8:30 a.m. from the Quality Inn (formerly McCarran House) at 55 E. Nugget Ave. in Sparks, S side of I-80 between Pyramid Way and McCarran Ave. Leaders John Dyer and Gary Monroe.
    • Sierra Spring Sojourn, May 16th. An event of the Bristlecone Chapter of CNPS. For information contact John Dyer.
    • Sand Mountain/Fairview Valley, May 10th. First meeting place at 8:00 a.m. at the Quality Inn (formerly McCarran House) at 55 E. Nugget Ave in Sparks, S side of I-80 between Pyramid Way and McCarran Ave. Second meeting place at 9:00 a.m. at McDonalds, W side of Fallon along Hwy. 50. Bring mosquito dope, water, lunch. Leaders: Gary Monroe and Fred Peterson.

    April 2003

    • Ball’s Canyon, April 26th. CANCELED due to snow (see June 14th). Dry Winnemucca Lake, April 12th. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Quality Inn (formerly McCarran House) at 55 E. Nugget Ave. in Sparks, S side of I-80 between Pyramid Way and McCarran Ave. Bring lunch, water. This is an optimist's trip, so plan for snow or rain or dust! Leaders: Fred Peterson and Paul Mungan.

     March 2003

    • Table Mountain north of Oroville, California, March 26-28th. Overnight camping in low Sierras (2800’) on private property. Arrive Wednesday, visit Table Mountain and possibly Oroville Dam on Thursday, returning Friday. Rain in northeastern California may cancel the trip. For details, call Bonnie Larsen.

    2002 Field Trips

    August 2002
    • Grass Lake, August 17th. Meet at 8:00 am at the pink Scolari's Market at 8165 S Virginia St. in the Southwest Pavilion (south end of parking lot). Participants will get their feet, and perhaps more, wet so dress appropriately. Trip size is limited - please call the leaders to ensure your spot. Leaders Janet Bair and Lori Allessio. Rose Knob Peak, August 8th (Thursday). Meet at 8 a.m. near the pink Scolari's in the Southwest Pavilion at 8165 South Virginia Street. Second meeting place at 9 a.m. at the west side of Tahoe Meadows near the start of the road to Incline Lake. This will be a 3+ mile hike with an elevation gain of 1,500 ft. Bring water, lunch, bug spray, and sunscreen. Leaders Arnold Tiehm and Steve Matson.
    • White Mountains, August 2nd-5th (Friday-Monday). This weekend camping trip will be to the White Mountains east of Big Pine, CA. Camping will be in a group camp. The cost of the group campground ($49) will be divided among participants. This is a dry camp, so participants must bring the water that they will need. Two-wheel-drive vehicles O.K. for campground. Four-wheel-drive desirable for one plant site. Check with leaders to sign up. Leaders Paul Mungan and Fred Peterson.

    July 2002

    • Blue Lake, July 20th-21st (Saturday-Sunday) (CNPS Modoc Chapter). Come camp in the southern Warner Mountains. On Saturday we’ll go bogging and look for sundews, shore sedge, bladderworts, and other rare fen plants; bring a canoe or raft. On Sunday, we’ll do a tour of last year’s large wildfire and see what wildflowers have come up. We’ll look for the rare Lupinus latifolius var. barbatus. Meet at the BLM Office on Highway 299 in Alturas at 10:00 Saturday for the bog walk/canoe, or meet us at the Blue Lake Campground 10:00 on Sunday for the burn tour. Leader Mike Dolan.
    • Mt. Lola II, July 20th. First meeting place at 8:00 a.m. from the MacDonald’s at West McCarran and MaeAnne. Second Meeting Place: Traveling west from Reno on I-80, exit California highway 89 northbound and look for the group. Departure at 9:00 a.m. It is 16.5 miles north on highway 89 to the parking area at Fibreboard Road. Hike to the top of Mt. Lola, 9,168 feet, checking out plants along the way. This moderately difficult hike has a 1200 foot elevation gain. High clearance vehicle required as is an axe, shovel, and a gallon of water per car. Bring lunch, water, and rain gear. Leader Gary Monroe. Co-leader Paul Mungan.
    • Doyle Grade, July 13th. First meeting place, 8:15 a.m. in the cul-de-sac by the Texaco Station on Red Rock Road. Take highway 395 north from Reno and exit at Red Rock Road. Turn right onto Red Rock and then left into the cul-de-sac which is between the Texaco and the freeway. Second meeting place, 9:00 a.m. at highway 395 and Doyle Grade in Doyle. Flower viewing from Doyle to the top of the adjacent Sierras, featuring a high wet meadow and possibly a stop at a quarry of shale with dendrites. High clearance vehicles necessary. Participants will be walking an easy ½ to one mile, and should bring lunch, water, and insect repellent. Leader John Dyer and co-leader Bonnie Larsen.
    • Dismal Swamp, July 13th (CNPS Modoc Chapter). Despite the name, this is a great place in the central Warner Mountains. We’ll see bog birch, elephant heads, and other unusual plants. High clearance vehicles required. Meet at 10:00 at the BLM Office on Highway 299 in Alturas, or at 11:00 at Dismal Swamp. Leader Allison Sanger.
    • Hart Mountain/Sheldon Antelope Preserve, Oregon, July 4th-7th (Thursday-Sunday) (CNPS Modoc Chapter). This camping trip in the southern Oregon part of the Modoc Plateau promises hot springs, great vistas, and new plants to explore. Bring complete camping gear and supplies, including water, and a full tank of gas. Meet at the BLM Office on Highway 299 in Alturas at 10:00 on July 4th. Leader Ann Francis.

    June 2002

    • Thompson Peak, June 29th (CNPS Modoc Chapter). Visit this peak that marks the southeastern edge of the Cascade Range and overlooks the Honey Lake Valley. We’ll be looking for unusual rocky ridge plants, like perhaps Erigeron compactus that was collected by Stebbins there in 1937. Meet at the Park and Ride at the junction of Highway 395 and Janesville Grade at 10:00. Leader Gary Schoolcraft.
    •  Peavine, June 15th. Meet at 8:00 a.m. near the McDonald’s at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395 north of Reno. Turn right on Lemmon Valley Drive and right into the shopping center. All day trip planned to visit mid-to-upper reaches of Peavine Mountain in the northern and northwestern portions. Bring lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen, hat, etc. Please wear sturdy walking shoes or boots to handle a variety of terrain. Activity level: Plan on some walking, over uneven surfaces, and some steep terrain. Distances covered will depend on whether certain sites we decide to visit are accessible by vehicle. Vehicular requirements: High clearance vehicles are required as of this writing; 4-wheel drive may be necessary, however this won’t be determined until late May. Please contact the leaders at that time for more travel information. NOTE: All vehicles will need to carry an axe, shovel, and a gallon of water. Leaders Melanie Scott, John Dyer, and Sharon Lancaster.
    • Fredonyer Peak, June 15th (CNPS Modoc Chapter). This driving tour with short walks will take us from a lower elevation area that burned 3 years ago and is now full of the rare Iliamna bakeri and other fire-following wildflowers, up in elevation to several different sagebrush habitats and great views of Eagle Lake. We’ll be sure to hit the flowering peak right somewhere up the mountain! 2-wheel drive OK, but high clearance recommended. Meet at the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office on Riverside Drive in Susanville at 10:00. Leader Beth Corbin.
    • Truckee River Project, June 8th. Nick Lutz of the Nature Conservancy is leading a tour of this project which was the subject of his talk at the February meeting. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Department of Environmental and Resource Sciences building at 1000 Valley Road. The outing will take approximately three hours and requires some walking on uneven ground. Carpooling is required. Six or less vehicles desired. Bring water, sunscreen, hiking boots, snacks. Leader Nick Lutz.
    • Papoose Meadows, June 8th (CNPS Modoc Chapter). Visit a spectacular wet meadow full of blue-flowered camas, delphiniums, buttercups, and other assorted wildflowers and birds. This meadow also has an interesting historic and pre-historic value to the local Native Americans. Meet at the Lassen National Forest’s Eagle Lake Ranger Station on Highway 36 at 10:00 am. Wear shoes suitable for wet ground. Leader Kim Earll. Sierra Valley, June 1st. Meet at 8:00 a.m. near the MacDonald’s at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395 north of Reno. Turn right on Lemmon Valley Drive and right into the shopping center. Second meeting place: 8:30 a.m. in Vinton, California, in a pullout area just beyond Frank’s Vinton Garage, on Highway 70. Frank’s Garage is at the junction of Highways 49 and 70, on the south side of 70, about 2 miles west of the Wiggins Trading Post and Frenchman Lake Road. All day trip to explore the Smithneck Creek area above Sierra Brooks subdivision in Loyalton, as well as other stops depending on moisture conditions. Bring lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen, hat, etc. Wear sturdy walking shoes. Activity level: Once at the site(s) expect some walking, but not long distances. Moderately easy. Vehicular requirements: High clearance vehicles are desirable, but not required. Standard vehicle should do ok. Leaders Bill & Nancy Harnach and Melanie Scott.

    May 2002

    • Steamboat/Geiger Grade, May 18th. Meet at 8:00 a.m. near the pink Scolari’s in the Southwest Pavilion at 8165 South Virginia Street. Leaders Janet Bair and Jody Sawasaki.
    • Hot Springs Mountains, May 11th. First meeting place, 8:00 a.m. in the northwest parking lot of McCarran House at 55 E. Nugget Ave., east of John Ascuaga’s Nugget and west of McCarran Blvd. Second meeting place at Nightingale Springs turn-off on I-80 between Fernley and Lovelock, near the garlic drying plant about 9:00 a.m. Leaders Gary Monroe and Paul Mungan.
    • Weed walk, May 5th (Sunday). Please meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot of the UNR Department of Environmental and Resource Sciences building at 1000 Valley Road. The walk is expected to end around noon. Leader: Dawn Rafferty.
    • Ash Meadows, May 3rd-6th (Friday-Monday). Camping will be at Crater Flats south of Beatty, NV. Participants will be meeting with Gina Glenne, USFW botanist at Ash Meadows for a tour of Ash Meadows. Sunday there will be botanizing near the campsite at Crater Flat. A visit to nearby Death Valley is planned on the way home Monday. We will be hiking short distances from the vehicles. Four-wheel drive vehicles preferred because of sand and rough roads near campsite. Bring the equipment you need to camp, food, and plenty of water. Meeting place to be determined. Leader: Paul Mungan. Co-leader Fred Peterson.

    April 2002

    • Mossing in the Carson Range, April 6th (rain or shine). Please meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot of the UNR Department of Environmental and Resource Sciences building at 1000 Valley Road. We will travel to the east base of the Carson Range and walk 1-2 miles up a canyon with running water. We will learn to recognize different moss species and their habitats, and will have hands-on demonstrations of how to document Nevada's little-known moss flora with collections. The trip is anticipated to take about half the day. Leader: Jim Shevock, co-leader (contact for information) Jim Morefield.

    March 2002

    •  Lichens near Pyramid Lake, March 7th (alternate rain-out day April 13th). Meet at 9:00 am in the parking lot of the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, 1000 Valley Road. The trip is anticipated to take most of the day. If doubtful about whether the trip will go on the morning of March 9th, call the trip Leader, Eric Peterson of the Nevada Natural Heritage Program.

    2001 Field Trips

    August 2001
    • Peter Grubb Hut hike, August 4th. Participants will be following the Julie Carville hike up to and somewhat past the Peter Grubb Hut. This area is north of I-80 and west of Truckee near Donner Summit. The hike will be about 8 miles round trip with 1500 feet elevation gain. Meet at 8:00 a.m. near the McDonald's in the shopping center a MaeAnne and North McCarran. Leader Paul Mungan.
    • Tahoe Meadows, Thursday August 9th. Joint trip with the Lake Tahoe chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Meet at 8 a.m. near the pink Scolari's in the Southwest Pavilion at 8165 South Virginia Street. Second meeting place at 9 a.m. at the west side of Tahoe Meadows near the start of the road to Incline Lake. This will be a 5 mile round trip hike with a 2000 ft elevation gain so we will reach 10,000 feet. Some of the route will be rough off trail going. Bring water, lunch, bug spray, and sunscreen. We do not anticipate any mosquitoes. Leaders Jerry Tiehm and Steve Matson.

    July 2001

    • Sky Tavern area, July 7th. Explore this area of Mount Rose with Laird Blackwell, author of Wildflowers of the Tahoe Sierra and Wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada and the Central Valley, available at most book stores. This outing will involve 4-6 miles of hiking (round trip). Laird Blackwell will be happy to sign his books if you bring them. Meet at 9:30 a.m. near the pink Scolari's in the Southwest Pavilion at 8165 South Virginia Street. Leader Sharon Lancaster.
    • Lakes Basin, July 14th. Details to come. Leader John Dyer. June 2001: Sierra Valley, June 2nd. Bill and Nancy Harnach will let us explore the flora on their ranch in Sierry Valley. Meet 8:00 a.m. near the MacDonald's at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395 north of Reno. Turn right on Lemmon Drive and right into the shopping center. Bring lunch and water. Leader Fred Peterson. If you are not driving from the Reno area, contact the Harnachs for directions.
    • Loch Leven Lakes, June 9th. Moderately strenuous hike to Lock Leven Lakes. Meet near the McDonald's in the shopping center at MaeAnne and North McCarran for an 8:00 a.m. departure. Second meeting place Donner Pass rest stop 9:00 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Gary Monroe.
    • Peavine, June 16th. Meet 8:30 a.m. near the McDonald's at Lemmon Valley shopping center (see June 2nd directions). High-centered vehicles required. Bring lunch and water. Leaders Melanie Scott and Catherine Robinson. Campout, Warner Mountains (?), Friday-Sunday June 22nd-24th. Site has yet to be set. Contact Paul Mungan or Fred Peterson.
    • Snow Creek Meadows, June 30th. Visit area restored by the California-Tahoe Conservancy, Placer County, and CalTrans. Last year's participants can see how the project turned out and all participants will enjoy a lovely outing. First meeting place 8:00 a.m. near the McDonald's at MaeAnne and North McCarran. Second meeting place 9:00 a.m. at the Safeway in Kings Beach, California. Bring lunch and water. Leaders Steve Matson and John Dyer. May 2001: Sagehen Creek, May 12th. This popular hike site is north of Truckee on Highway 89. Meet 9:00 a.m. near the McDonald's at MaeAnne and West McCarran. Second meeting place 9:45 across from the ranger station on Highway 89 just north of Interstate 80. Carpooling is highly desirable as there isn't much parking at the trailhead. Some wet areas. Insect repellent recommended. The hike will begin about 10:00 a.m. Leader Sharon Lancaster.
    • Ball Springs, May 19th. Meet at 8:00 a.m. near the McDonald's at the Lemmon Valley exit on highway 395 north of Reno. Turn right on Lemmon Drive and right into the shopping center. Second meeting place at the north end of Bordertown (NOT Boomtown; if you cross the state line you've gone too far) on highway 395 at 8:30 a.m. Carpooling is mandatory. Participants must pass through locked gates to access the field trip area, which is on private property. High clearance vehicles necessary. Leaders Chris Ross and Janet Bair.

    April 2001

    •  Henry W. Coe State Park, California, Friday-Sunday April 6th-8th. This early outing to California's second largest state park, south of San Jose, CA, should coincide with prime Coe flower time. Participants should plan to arrive Friday afternoon or evening. It is a 5-6 hour drive from Reno. Primitive campground with water, pit toilets, fire area. Campsites ($6.00-$8.00) must be reserved, so please sign up by March 15th. Motels available in Morgan Hill (ten twisty miles away). You can visit the park website at http://www.coepark.parks.ca.gov. Outings will involve walks of up to five miles on sometimes-steep trails. Potluck Saturday evening. To reserve your place, or for more details, contact Bonnie Larsen or Paul Mungan.
    • Nightingale Springs (Brady Hot Springs), April 21st. Nightingale Springs is located approximately 50 miles northeast of Reno. First meeting place, at 8:00 am in the northwest parking lot of McCarran House at 55 E. Nugget Ave., east of John Ascuaga's Nugget and west of McCarran Blvd. Second meeting place at Nightingale Springs turn-off near the garlic drying plant about 9:00 am. Bring lunch, water, and mosquito repellant. High clearance vehicles required. Leader Gary Monroe.

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