Spring 2017 Field Trips


Trip leader Al Collinet explains the unique botany of serpentine areas in the Proposed Veva Stansell Botanical Area

Trip leader Al Collinet has planned a wonderful set of hikes to explore the unique botany of the serpentine areas at the headwaters of Hunter Creek, including the proposed Veva Stansell Botanical Area and the BLM’s Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). Al learned about our area’s unusual plants directly from Veva, and he loves to share what he learned! You’ll want to take photos and notes so bring a camera and pen. For all these hikes, you should wear well-worn-in hiking shoes, bring lunch and water for the day, and also be prepared for changing weather conditions. Also, it’s best to contact Al ahead of time to let him know you’re coming. That way, he can put you on his email list and let you know if there are any last minute changes. You can reach Al at 541-412-8444 or dewbobal@charter.net

May 13, Sat., Hike to Stone Chair Meadow- CANCELLED! 

May 20, Sat. Fun Botanizing Signal Buttes
Spend time botanizing in the Proposed Veva Stansell Botanical Area! No prior botanical knowledge is required, and no quiz will be given. Experts will help with finding and identifying flowers, and we will gladly repeat the names. We’ll be hiking to Signal Butte for a beautiful 360-degree view of Curry County high points and to the historic McKinley Mine site. Hike is 4.1 miles with 828-ft elevation gain. Travel time to the trailhead is ~45 minutes. Meet at 9am at the Gold Beach Visitor Center (central parking section) or at 8:15am at Dr Larsson’s office at 414 Alder Street in Brookings to carpool. We expect to return to Gold Beach by 5:30pm.

June 10, Sat., Hike to Wren Pond
Enjoy the botanical variety in the BLM’s North Fork Hunter Creek ACEC, adjacent to the proposed Veva Stansell Botanical Area. We’ll learn about the history of the homestead and 2 cabin sites at Wren Pond and botanize as we hike thru the ACEC. Length of this one-way, mostly downhill hike is 6.5 miles with 758 ft elevation gain and 3,130 feet descent. A shuttle will be required to retrieve the cars after the hike. Meet at 7:30am at the Gold Beach Visitor Center (central parking section) or at 6:45am at Dr Larsson’s office at 414 Alder Street in Brookings to carpool. Travel time to the trailhead is ~45 minutes. We expect to return to Gold Beach by about 5:30pm.

June 24, Sat., Auto Tour, Botanizing Game Lake Road

This auto tour will showcase unique wildflowers that grow in serpentine soils along the road from Hunter Creek to Game Lake. It is designed to maximize flower appreciation for those who can’t do a lot of walking, though we may take a few short (optional) walks from the road. No prior flower knowledge is needed, and both novices and experts are welcome. We will travel up Hunter Creek Rd, past the Snow Camp turnoff, and on toward Game Lake, making many stops en route to study and enjoy flowers. At 3pm, we’ll turn around and retrace our route back to Gold Beach. If we make it all the way to Game Lake, it will take about 2 hours to drive back to Gold Beach. (You may return earlier as long as you let the tripleader know.) Be sure to bring lunch and enough water. There are no restroom facilities along this road so plan accordingly. Meet at 8am at the Gold Beach Visitor Center (central parking section), or at 7:15am at Dr. Larsson’s office at 414 Alder Street in Brookings to carpool.


Participation in all KAS outings is voluntary and at your own risk.