Bird Outings: Ramona Grasslands, Wildflower Loop, and the Stagecoach Trail to the San Pasqual Valley
Sunday, May 15, 2022, 8:00 to 11:00 AM
Ramona Grasslands, Wildflower Loop, and the Stagecoach Trail to the San Pasqual Valley
Google Maps: Ramona Grasslands Preserve, GPS: 33.033447 -116.950504
Leaders: Peter Thomas, and others
This 3.5-mile trail was opened in June 2011, and is part of the SD County Parks System. We will hike through some of the best grasslands remaining in our area, pass through and speak about an area once used regularly by local Native Americans, and walk along a road that was a part of a local stagecoach route to the San Pasqual Valley. The pond (rainfall permitting) that we will visit, looking for possible waterfowl and shorebirds, is at the site of a watering hole used for the stagecoach horses. Later we will pass through some coastal sage scrub and chaparral habitats, and skirt along a riparian section along the Santa Maria Creek. On this walk we will be looking for raptors, both Gnatcatchers, Lark Sparrows, and surprises. Porta-potties at the trailhead. Bring water, hats, and layers. This will be a little more strenuous than our usual, but, nonetheless, a very nice walk. Capped at 15 participants.