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MDAS Field Trip — Mt. Wanda, John Muir NHS, Martinez
September 16 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
This hike is especially for beginning birders!
We’ll walk through oak woodlands and oak savannah habitats, climbing uphill on a rutted fire road with one steep section. Then we’ll walk a single track trail back to the fire road, about 2.5 miles total. We should have excellent views of acorn woodpeckers, likely views of red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks, towhees, and oak titmouse. Mt. Wanda is part of the John Muir NHS, and this walk is hosted jointly by Mt. Diablo Audubon and the National Park Service.
MDAS has binoculars to loan for use on our trips! If you need binos just tell the trip leaders beforehand, so they know to bring an extra pair.
Hike Rating: 3, Vigorous (by birding standards). About 2.5 miles walking on fire roads and single track trails with substantial elevation gain.
Elevation change: 475 feet
Leader: Cheryl Abel, 925-957-6229
Meet: Parking lot for the Mt. Wanda Trailhead, intersection of Alhambra Ave and Franklin Canyon Rd in Martinez.
Directions: From Hwy 4 westbound take the Alhambra Ave. exit in Martinez. Turn left back under Hwy 4. Franklin Canyon Rd. is the next right, parking lot immediately on the left side of Franklin Canyon Rd. Bring water and binoculars.
This hike is limited to 15 participants. All Field Trips are first-registered, first-served. Participants acknowledge the MDAS Liability Waiver (available during registration).