Thomas Guide: 1268: F-2
This new trip is planned as a 5 mile, or possibly a bit more, walk, not over massive 200 ft. tall spine dunes, but rather over much smaller lateral dunes – trekking from one pocket habitat location to another. Our time will be spent in woodland washes, and amidst forests of trees, over fairly solid ground, possibly carpeted with flowers, if we have gotten any winter rain before then.
Birds that are possible include LeConte’s and Crissal Thrasher, Great-horned Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Cactus Wren, Loggerhead Shrike, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, and Verdin. Reptiles are expected to be still hibernating, but a subspecies “Burrow” Mule Deer is quite likely.
This is planned to include a group dinner for Saturday night, an overnight stay at the Brawley Inn, and then up early on Sunday for our adventure. We will finish in the early afternoon to head back to San Diego. The walking will not be too difficult, and temperatures should be cooler in the morning when we will be out. Reasonable physical fitness and the ability to walk 5 miles is a must. Because of the logistics and the type of walk, this trip will be limited to 20 participants.
For further information and sign-up between now and January 8, contact Peter Thomas (858) 571 5076.
Directions: From San Diego, go east on Highway 8. Just prior to getting to El Centro, one exit past Drew Rd, turn left (north) on Forrester Rd. Proceed 9.5 miles to Keystone Rd., then turn right. Proceed 3 miles to Imperial/ Hwy 86 (stoplight), and turn left. Imperial becomes Brawley Ave, continue a total of 5.5 miles to Main St. Turn left. Look for Brawley Inn on the right (before dropping down to the river bottom).