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Reyes Peak Nature Trail Hike

Ojai herbalist-naturalist Lanny Kaufer will lead a second Nature Hike on the Reyes Peak Trail on Pine Mountain.

When: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, 10 a.m.

Where: Maricopa Plaza, 1201 Maricopa Highway, Ojai.

Cost: $20 - $25

Age limit: 5+

Categories: Nature Talk, Trail Event

Description:

By popular demand, Ojai herbalist-naturalist Lanny Kaufer will lead a second Nature Hike on the Reyes Peak Trail on Pine Mountain on Sunday, October 27. Lanny and his wife Rondia will guide hikers through some of the most beautiful backcountry that Ventura County has to offer as they explore the north slope at 7000 feet above sea level.

The outing will start at 10:00 a.m. with a carpool caravan of about 35 miles up Highway 33 from the Maricopa Plaza, (1201 Maricopa Highway, Ojai, CA 93023) to the Reyes Peak trailhead. The last 5.5 miles are on a narrow, winding road (newly paved) and the last half-mile is dirt. Trucks or SUV's are preferred but most passenger cars can also make the drive.

The group will start walking into the Sespe Wilderness from the trailhead at about 11:30 a.m. and return to the trailhead at 3:00 p.m., arriving back at the Maricopa Plaza by 4 p.m. They will hike on a narrow, well-used trail through Jeffrey Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Sugar Pine and White Fir, stopping frequently to identify and discuss native trees, plants, birds and wildlife. There will be some elevation change skirting the north side of Reyes Peak, sometimes skirting steep hillsides.

This intermediate level hike is suitable for moderately experienced hikers or physically fit beginners. Hikers will have spectacular views of the Cuyama Valley to the north and the Channel Islands to the south (marine layer permitting). The total distance will be about 3 miles. The Pine Mountain Nature Hike is another in a series of backcountry walks and hikes under a Special Use Permit from the Ojai Ranger District Office of the U.S. Forest Service designed for guides who provide recreational and interpretive services to the public.

Pre-register at www.HerbWalks.com or 805-646-6281. There is no prepayment required. Participants will receive a confirmation email several days before with all necessary information.

The cost is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62 and older, and $20 for full-time students. A carpool discount of $5 per person is offered to each person in a group of 4 or more who arrive at the carpool area in the same vehicle. Kids 5-12 can go free with an adult by prior arrangement. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No dogs or toddlers, please.

Phone: 805-646-6281

Event posted Oct. 16, 2013
Last updated Oct. 16, 2013

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