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November 22, 2020 @ 1:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Chumash Trail – Point Mugu State Park
- Sunday Nov. 22
- Assemble 1:45 PM. We will HIT THE TRAIL at 2:00 PM, in order to be safely off the mountain by twilight (4:45 PM)
- We will go up slope, then across part of the grassland, rest under shady oaks, then head back. We don’t have time for the full “Mugu peak loop”.
Wear / Bring
- (I did the trail in Teva sandals last Sunday, but if it rains between now and then you’ll want more traction)
- Hats, Sunscreen, etc – The winter sun can be surprisingly intense.
- Jacket or heavy overshirt – Even though it can be hot in the day, a cool ocean wind can change the temperature quickly.
- Water, Water Water: No matter how much water you drink at the car, halfway up the slope you will be thirsty. For sure.
- Hiking Stick – you’ll want this on the slope. For sure.
- Camera (a cell phone camera is okay)
- Snack for the top of the mountain
- All the usual day-hike gear (1st aid kit, etc)
- Very steep and rugged first ¾ mile. We will need to take several breaks on the way up. At least the adults will…
- Along the trail you may observe ancient pieces of seashell - leftovers from Chumash meals ages ago. If it rains, there should be many uncovered.
- Snakes are out. I saw one non-venomous snake.
- Not much poison oak except at creekbeds, and it all seems to have red leaves this time of year.Still, don’t be careless.
- Look for native Bunchgrasses on the grassland at the top. These are rare remnants of what used to cover much of the state
- How many species can you identify?
- Are they completely dry like introduced annual grasses? Or do they retain some green all year?
- How would this affect animal populations?
- Prepare to photograph plants, animals, animal scat (what was the animal eating – can you tell?). artifacts (eg, shells far from the sea), views of the ocean, islands, and mountains.