Saturday, March 12, 2016, 10:00 a.m.: Grizzly Flat Road: This walk is about 1.5 miles (or as far as we like) on a fire road with 500 feet of elevation gain. We'll go at least as far as the junction with the Mt. Lukens Road and Dark Canyon Trail, where there is a large western redbud (Cercis occidentalis). Then we can decide whether to continue on the Mt. Lukens Road, take the Dark Canyon Trail to Grizzly Flat or turn back. Bring lunch and plenty of water if you would like an extended hike.
Our destination is the ridge overlooking Big Tujunga Canyon and Grizzly Flat just above the canyon. We'll see evidence of recovery from the 2009 Station Fire as well as early flowering species such as bush poppy (Dendromecon rigida), two species of Ceanothus (C. crassifolius and C. oliganthus), pitcher sage (Lepichinia fragrans) and big berry manzanita (Arctostaphylos glauca).
Meet 10:00 a.m. at the trailhead, which is on the west side of Angeles Crest Highway about 2.8 miles above the Angeles Crest Fire Station. There is a large paved turnout above a culvert. There are no rest rooms and an Adventure Pass is required for parking. Trip leader: Jane Tirrell. Note: You do not need to RSVP for this outing. Simply come along!