Saturday, March 4, 9:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m.: Exploring Mount Dibblee
Field trip with Larry Ballard
Saturday, March 4, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Participation is limited to 25.
Members free/non-members $20.
Pre-registration required at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805 693-5683.
This infrequently used trail takes us through a large stand of chaparral on the upper west part of UCSB Sedgwick Reserve. The chaparral is entirely Buckbrush, Ceanothus cuneatus, one of the most widely distributed species in the California Floristic Province, and in early spring the plants are often covered in fragrant lavender blossoms. It will take some luck to find the spectacular Ceanothus Silk Moth but this is their peak flight period. Nearer the ground, annual wildflowers are abundant on this trail. After honoring Tom Dibblee on the summit named for him we’ll head northeast to the serpentine grasslands overlooking the west fork of the Figueroa Creek watershed. The hike is about two miles roundtrip with most of the 600′ elevation gain on the first part of the trail. Sturdy hiking shoes and long pants are required. Bring lunch, water, sun protection, and dress in layers. Hiking poles are recommended as the trail is steep in places and rocky.
Larry Ballard has an interest in all aspects of the region’s natural history, and has led many natural history trips for our organization as well as for other groups and institutions in Santa Barbara County.
Photos of Ceanothus: John Evarts