Felsman Loop hike, 3/18/2017 Lead: Chris; Sweep: Evan
On Saturday, March 18 the Felsman Loop hike was attended by 12 engaged, enthusiastic hikers and three well-behaved dogs on leash. After
some introductory discussion about ECOSLO and its relationship with the City of SLO’s Natural Resources program, as well as potential hazards along the trail, we set off from the Patricia Drive trailhead a few minutes after 9:00 AM. Although low clouds obscured the view of Bishop Peak, the group’s spirits were high as we ascended towards the cattle pond, which was full to the brim for the first time in years. Early topics of discussion included the coast live oak woodland and how vibrant the trees look thanks to all the rain this winter; and of course, wildflowers and other native plants. In this regard we were lucky to have Evan’s expertise on the hike. A partial list of species identified includes California buttercup, golden-yarrow, Indian paintbrush, sticky monkeyflower, hummingbird sage, checkered mallow, shooting star, filaree, and blue dicks. Additional topics of discussion along the trail included the geology of the morro’s and SLO County, and locations where dacite quarried from Bishop Peak over 100 years ago can be seen in the downtown area. Toward the end of the hike, the group split in two, with one group preferring to spend some extra time on plant identification. By noon, the clouds had even cleared enough that Bishop’s summit crags were visible from the trailhead. All in all, everyone seemed very happy and it was a successful outing!