Difficulty: MODERATE Length: +/- 4 miles
Plant Knowledge: All levels
Del Mar Mesa is a large Preserve in the exclusive area East of Carmel Valley adjunct to Rancho Penasquitos Canyon Creek. The 900 acre Preserve came out of tough negotiations with the landowners and the governmental agencies and houses dozens of threatened and endangered animal and plant species. The edges of the Preserve are still sought for active development - an issue that threatens the integrity of the habitats therein and the wildlife movement of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and even birds. We'll get a look into a very special area from the vernal pools atop the mesa to the riparian creeks, the coastal sage scrub, and tunnels through the coastal chaparral. Inside the Preserve, the area is popular with mountain bikers and hikers though it often has very few people about given the difficulty in public access points.
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