This weekend is the start of San Bruno Mountain Watch's Spring series of hikes. Wildflowers! Sand Dunes! Endangered butterflies! We got 'em all. Please check out our schedule and sign up for the hikes, as space is limited
Again this year we'll be hosting our Spring Hike Series and our wonderful hike leaders will take you on their own special journeys to this natural wonder. See our Hike Leader Profiles.
For everyone's enjoyment, most hikes have limits to the number of participants (see hike descriptions).
You MUST SIGN UP in advance at the online hike signup page, or feel free to contact us by email, or call the office at 415-467-6631. Thanks!
Important: Please dress in layers for varied weather, bring water, hats, sunscreen and snacks/lunch if you want. Be sure to carefully read the hike description so you are prepared for times and conditions.
MORE INFO ON OUR WEBSITE http://www.mountainwatch.org/spring-hike-series/#CNPS_hike
March 28, Saturday: Founder's Hike - David Schooley, SBMW Founder
March 29, Sunday: Ecology Hike - Joe Cannon, SBMW Stewardship Director
April 4, Saturday: Canyon Wildflower Hike - Paul Bouscal, Board Member
April 11, Saturday: Mission Blue Butterfly Hike - Brent Plater & Gail Mallimson, Board Member
April 12, Sunday: Sign Hill - Loretta Brooks & Chuck Heimstadt, SBMW & CNPS Volunteers
April 18, Saturday: Owl Canyon with California Native Plant Society - Doug Allshouse, CNPS
April 18, Saturday: Canyon Wildflower Hike - Paul Bouscal & Miranda Sulley, Board Members
April 19, Sunday: San Bruno Mtn. Native Hike - Michele Salmon & Miranda Sulley, Brisbane Natives
April 25, Saturday: Founder's Hike - David Schooley, SBMW Founder
April 26, Sunday: Daly City Dunes - Del Schembari & Iris Clearwater, Stewardship Coordinator
Founder's Hike - Join David Schooley, founder of San Bruno Mountain Watch, for one of his special hikes. David has devoted most of his life to preserving the mountain and sharing it with others through his tireless work leading hikes, speaking, and organizing. His deep knowledge of the mountain and his love of nature will touch those who hike with him.
Limited to 7 participants - you MUST SIGN UP in advance. The trails are narrow and sometimes steep, but have good footing. Dress for varied weather. Meet at the San Bruno Mountain Watch office (directions) at 10:00am. The hike will end at approximately 1:30pm.
Ecology Hike - Joe Cannon, Stewardship Director for SBMW, leads this interesting hike focusing on the ecology of San Bruno Mountain and the region, as seen through the eyes of an experienced restoration ecologist. San Bruno Mountain supports varied habitats and is home to many of the plant species, both common and rare, that are endemic (or were at one time) to the San Francisco Peninsula. The hike will start at the Mountain Watch office in Brisbane, hiking up to Buckeye Canyon then over to Owl Ridge and up to main ridge for great views and lunch. Then down the Brisbane Acres Trail followed by a short walk back through Brisbane.
Limited to 15 participants - you MUST SIGN UP in advance. The trails are narrow and sometimes steep - hike will be strenuous at times. Dress for varied weather. Be prepared - bring lunch and lots of water. Meet at the San Bruno Mountain Watch office (directions) at 10:00am. The hike will end at approximately 3:00pm.
Canyon Wildflower Hike - Hike through beautiful canyons and learn about what makes this mountain special. Learn about San Bruno Mountain Watch's grassroots efforts over decades to preserve this treasure. You'll visit an Ohlone shellmound, learn common wildflowers and plants and perhaps glimpse a Mission Blue butterfly. Paul is an enthusiastic leader and his hikes are famous!
Limited to 20 participants - you MUST SIGN UP in advance. This hike is led at a leisurely pace with plenty of time for discussion. The trails are narrow and sometimes steep, but have good footing. Dress for varied weather and wear long pants. Meet at the San Bruno Mountain Watch office (directions) at 10:00am. The hike will end at approximately 2:00pm.
Mission Blue Butterfly Hike - San Bruno Mountain Watch is teaming up with Wild Equity, an endangered species advocacy group from San Francisco, for a special endangered species hike. We will be walking through native grasslands up to the top of San Bruno Mountain and will hopefully see some endangered Mission Blue butterflies. We will also visit the habitat of the endangered Callippe Silverspot butterflies. The leaders will be Brent Plater, Executive Director of Wild Equity, and our own Gail Mallimson, SBMW Board Member.
Limited to 15 participants - you MUST SIGN UP in advance. Dress for varied weather. The hike will be moderately difficult and will cover some steeper terrain. Meet at the San Bruno Mountain Watch office (directions) at 10:00am. We will carpool to the trailhead in Brisbane. Please bring water, a hat, sunscreen, and a snack. The hike will end at approximately 1:00pm.
Sign Hill Hike - Join Loretta and Chuck for Spring on Sign Hill, which is literally in their backyard! Spring comes early to Sign Hill, but there should still be plenty of wildflowers - like Silver Bush Lupine, host plant for the endangered Mission Blue Butterfly, fields of California Poppies, and hopefully Coastal Larkspur with its electric blue blooms. This is a beautiful open space that is only partially protected as South San Francisco's Sign Hill Park. However, most of it is still on private, undeveloped property. Come see why these 47 acres should be put into the public domain.
Limited to 15 participants - you MUST SIGN UP in advance. We will be walking on uneven ground and steep trails, so please wear sturdy footwear, long pants and bring water. Meet at the west entrance to Sign Hill Park in South San Francisco at 9:00am. The entrance and a small parking area (plenty of street parking) is at the end of Ridgeview Court at Carnelian Road in South San Francisco. Heavy rain cancels. The hike will end at approximately 12:00pm. If you need information the morning of the hike, call leaders Loretta & Chuck at 650-291-2931.
Owl Canyon with California Native Plant Society - For serious native plant enthusiasts, Doug Allshouse, of the Yerba-Buena Chapter of the CNPS, will lead a group of botanizers of all levels into Owl Canyon. One of Doug's favorite spots on the eastern flank of the mountain, this area is still recovering from a 2008 wildfire. Many oaks, bays, toyons, hazelnuts, ocean sprays, holly-leaved cherries, coffee berries and oso berries have stump-sprouted and seven years later prove how adaptable they are to a fire regime. The fire-reliant blue blossom seeds in the soil have created large thick communities on the canyon walls. Wildflowers to look for are larkspur, star lily, hound’s tongue, paintbrush, yerba santa, lupine, johnny jump-up, blue-eyed grass and many ferns.
Limited to 15 participants - you MUST SIGN UP in advance. Meet at an industrial parking lot just below Owl Canyon. From Bayshore Blvd. in Brisbane turn onto Valley Drive, proceed to the traffic light and turn left onto South Hill Drive. Turn left at the Aircraft Technical Publishers sign at 101-111 South Hill Drive. Drive to the rear of the parking lot - we'll meet there. Questions, clarifications, weather reports call Doug at 415-584-5114 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Dress for varied weather. The hike will end at approximately 1:00pm. We will stop for lunch on the flowering ridge between Owl and Buckeye Canyons before making our descent.
San Bruno Mountain Native Hike - Hike beautiful Buckeye Canyon and visit the sacred Ohlone Shellmound with Brisbane natives Michele Salmon and Miranda Sulley who both grew up wandering through this varied habitat of rare grassland, oak woodlands, creekbeds and diverse coastal scrub.
Limited to 20 participants - you MUST SIGN UP in advance. This hike is led at a leisurely pace with plenty of time for discussion. The trails are narrow and sometimes steep, but have good footing. Dress for varied weather and wear long pants and long sleeves to minimize exposure to poison oak. Meet at the San Bruno Mountain Watch office (directions) at 10:00am. The hike will end at approximately 2:00pm.
Daly City Dunes Hike - Urban dunes! Join Del Schembari, long time activist and SBMW Board Member to see this special area. Del has worked tirelessly for the preservation of this unique, ancient and rare habitat on San Bruno Mountain. The effort to save the dunes from development has covered many years and Del has been there for the duration. This inland dune system dates back more than 180,000 years. Some areas are relatively intact and support rare dune plant species like the federally listed San Francisco Lessingia. Also present are San Francisco Spineflower, Dune Suncup and Blue Beach Lupine. And there is more - an Ohlone Indian shellmound can also be found high up the dunes.
Please sign up in advance and let us know which of the 3 times you will be attending. There will be three, short, 1-hour walks at 10:00am, 11:00am and 1:00pm. Be prepared to walk in sand on sometimes steep slopes. Dress for varied weather. Meet at Hillside Park in Daly City (street parking in area of Bonnie Street and Lausanne Avenue in Daly City). Bring a lunch and you can join the San Bruno Mountain Watch Board Members at 12:00pm in the park. We'll have sodas and water for sale.