Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Crystal Lake - Pinyon Ridge Nature Trail: The Pinyon Ridge Trail is a one-mile loop that includes several small riparian areas and oak groves. We will look at the conifers growing along the trail with the goal of distinguishing two closely related species, ponderosa and Jeffrey pines. We will also see pinyon pines, incense cedars, big cone spruce and western junipers. The views of the upper San Gabriel Canyon are spectacular. Bring lunch if desired. We can eat in the picnic area or in the amphitheater after the hike. Leader: Jane Tirrell, email email@example.com
Meeting place: Crystal Lake day use parking area, 10:00 a.m.
Directions: Take CA State Highway 39 up from Azusa to the Crystal Lake Recreation Area. Turn right at the Crystal Lake Store. The entrance to the parking area is on the left just past the Ranger Station. Restrooms (primitive) are available at the parking area and at the trailhead.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate; there is some uphill walking at elevations of 5200-5800 ft.
Adventure Pass necessary for parking.