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FIELD TRIP: Torrey Pines Extension - Del Mar

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EASY to MODERATE Hiking, No Parking fees or passes required.
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For those you you who went to Torrey Pines Extension last September, we covered the Red Ridge Trail and went down along the Margaret Fleming Nature Trail, finding many late bloomers and rare species along the way. This trip will take the same route to get another look, this time with spring annuals and a lot more blooming perennials. For everyone who might be experiencing this less traveled walk for the first time, this is certainly the best time of year to do it. Along Red Ridge, there's a large patch of Scarlet larkspur (Delphinium cardinale) that should be in wondrous bloom, along with both Ceanothus species (C. tomentosus & c. verrucossus), the Del Mar Manzanita (Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp crassifolia), sages (Salvia sps), monkeyflowers (Diplaucus / Mimulus sps), and Encelia (Encelia californica). Annuals we're hoping to find are the snapdragons (Antirrihinum sps), phacelias, poppies (Eschscholzia californica), hooked pincushion (Navarettia hamata ssp leptantha) and sun cups (Cammissioniopsis bistorta), among many others.

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