Come see the wildflowers. Two different hikes
Meet at Starbucks La Cubre Plaza at 8:00AM to car pool, or 9:00AM at the trailhead
No hike if raining - Bring plenty of water!
This is a Friday meetup – no need to register.
We're off to see some wildflowers. The payoff is beautiful views of the Figueroa Mountain area and quite possibly the best show of wildflowers in the area on Grass Mountain; we hope to see fields of poppies and purple lupine among others.
1)For those who enjoy the challenge of a tougher hike, there's Grass Mountain. Although it's only 5.3 miles, this is not an easy hike (2400' of elevation gain) and is strenuous due to steepness towards the end. Hiking pole(s)!
2)If you prefer something a little easier, Lover's Loop is 3.7 miles with about 700' of elevation gain. There are beautiful wildflowers along this trail as well, but stars of the show are the wildflowers on Grass Mountain.
Map to trailhead
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1: Grass Mountain: The Grass Mountain Trail begins at the trailhead at Birabent Bridge on Figueroa Mountain Drive from Los Olivos and wanders a short distance along Birabent Creek. From the creek bed it's a steady and steep uphill grind to get to the top. This hike requires an excellent level of trail fitness due to the steep elevation gain. Bring hiking poles, plenty of water, some electrolyte replenishment and some snacks. From the trailhead to the top of Grass Mountain is a steep 2.65 mile uphill climb. This is an up and back trail, and if one wants to avoid the steep part at the end, there is a nice turnaround point under a large, shady oak.
2: Lover's Loop:This loop shares the same trailhead and we will all walk together for a short distance before the trails diverge. Lover's Loop travels through the foothills, traversing meadows and oak forests There will be total of three creek crossings; each fairly shallow. Consider a pole if you're unsure. There are some flowers along the way, but the show is the view of Grass Mountain in the distance. The full hike is under 4 miles, with very low elevation gain. This is a very popular hike in the area.
Directions: You can car pool from the Starbucks La Cumbre Plaza at 8:00am or meet us at the trailhead at 9:00am. Take 154 (San Marcos Pass) toward Los Olivos. Go straight beyond the rotary to Figueroa Mountain Road, which is directly across from Grand Ave. in Los Olivos. Turn right and drive approximately 6.7 miles, passing the entrance to Midland School at mile 5 and continuing to the cattle guard crossing at the sharp right turn. Parking is on both sides of Figueroa Mountain Road. The best parking may be the pullout area just BEFORE the cattle guard.
Hike leaders: Chip Gierhart and Mike McCourt
This is a once-a-year hike to see the wildflowers.
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