Our March field trip will be a return to Indian Joe Canyon, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife Ecological Reserve. This 520 acre area lies within the Great Falls Basin Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). Bordered by the Great Falls Basin Wilderness, the spring is habitat for the Inyo California Towhee, a State and Federally listed species. We may see this resident on the field trip.
We will meet at the Park and Ride at the corner of Richmond and HWY 178 at 8 am and travel to the canyon. We’ll hike up the canyon to the riparian areas where we’ll have lunch. There is a trail in places but rough in places. We may drive up to the Great Falls Basin canyon and visit the waterfall afterward.
The date is March 17th. Bring a picnic lunch or snacks, wear sturdy shoes and layered clothing (maybe green – it’s St. Patrick’s Day). This is a multi-hiking-skill trip. There are pretty and birdy places to stop for those who don’t want to go all the way to the spring.