Cerro San Luis hike, Lemon Grove Loop, May 20, 2017, Lead: Chris; Sweep: Evan
On the warm and beautiful Saturday morning of May 20, 12 intrepid hikers turned out for the Lemon Grove Loop hike at the Cerro San Luis Open Space. On this easy-to-moderate hike, of approximately 2.1 miles, items for discussion included trail safety (drink plenty of water on a hot day!), wildflower and other native plant identification, wildlife sightings, geology, and a bit of ranching history. Leaving the trailhead a few minutes past 9:00, the group first stopped to check out the City’s new information kiosk panels. These educational panels, which discuss trail etiquette and various aspects of local natural history, are nicely done and are a real asset to the hiking and biking public. ECOSLO docent Evan Albright provided some interesting commentary on plant use by Native Americans. The trail’s namesake lemon grove, which includes about two dozen newly planted lemon saplings, was discussed belatedly by hike leader Chris (who was so “in the zone” that he initially walked right by it without pointing it out!). In addition, new trail segments and various local landmarks, including several of the City’s other open space areas (Islay Hill, Terrace Hill, South Hills, Bishop Peak), were pointed out. All in all, it was a fine day for a hike with a great group of outdoor enthusiasts!