Field Walk in Claremont Canyon
Date and time: Sunday, March 12 @ 9 a.m.
Leaders: Bob Strayer and Martin Holden
Start: Signpost 29 on south side of Claremont Ave., 1.5 miles uphill from the Claremont Hotel
[This walk originally was part of our commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Firestorm, but it was postponed because of rain.]
Learn about efforts to prevent wildfires in Claremont Canyon and enjoy new paths built by the Claremont Canyon Conservancy. Two long-time members of that group will lead this 3.5-mile tour of both sides of the canyon. We will carpool a short distance from Signpost 29 to park at the Claremont Ave. entrance to Garber Park. We’ll cross Claremont Ave. and take Stonewall Road to the Stonewall-Panoramic Ridge Trail. That half-mile trail is extremely steep with difficult footing* but offers breathtaking views of the canyon and the Bay. Walking sticks are helpful!
From the ridge, we’ll descend on a UC fire road and through the eucalyptus grove at Signpost 28 to return to Signpost 29. From there, we will take the Summit House Trail and Willow Trail loop, noting the difference between the eucalyptus grove and the restored native woodland. Finally, we will carpool back to Garber Park. A guided walk through that park will be optional.
*If you wish to avoid the Stonewall-Panoramic Ridge Trail, meet the group at Signpost 29 at 10:30 for the last third of the walk.