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Azalea Occidentalis Hike
Bohemia Ecological Preserve
Hike leaders: Patrick and Steve, Bohemia Preserve Docents
One of the many jewels of the Bohemia Ecological Preserve is the Azalea Occidentalis or Western Azalea. Some of these plants literally tower above hikers on semi-shady trails along Duvoul and Margarets Creeks, their large pink and white flower clusters perfuming the air. We'll explore two of the creeks on this beautiful property looking for wildflowers to observe along the way. This hike is geared toward plant lovers who want to get out in nature and observe the native wildflowers and the beauty of the Preserve.
Note on timing:
We will do our best to get back to our vehicles by 2:00pm. However, it is possible we will get back later than intended. If you have plans directly after this hike that you cannot miss this may not be the outing for you. Early departures cannot be accommodated. Thank you for your understanding!
Hike Details: From the Preserve entrance, hikers will caravan up to Hut Hill. From there, we will hike along Duvoul Creek, then circle back and hike along Margarets Creek, returning to Hut Hill. Bring a hiking pole if you have one as the rocks can be slippery and we will need to ford Duvoul Creek in at least one location. Please come prepared for a hike over moderate terrain with some steep sections, about 3-4 miles.
When and Where: We will meet at 10am at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve, 6773 Bohemian Highway, just past Westminster Woods. From the intersection of Graton Road and Bohemian Highway in Occidental, travel approximately 3 miles north on Bohemian Highway.
The Preserve is on the right-hand side (if you are coming from
Occidental) & looks like a quarry. Watch for staff or volunteers
located at Bohemian Highway to direct you to parking!
What to bring: There should be many wildflowers to observe along the way. Hikers are encouraged to bring their cameras. Bring a hiking pole if you have one as the rocks can be slippery and we will need to ford Duvoul Creek in at least one location. Wear good hiking boots, sunscreen and a hat. Bring your lunch and something to drink as we will take a break mid-hike. There is no potable water on the Preserve.
- You will be asked to sign a liability waiver.
- There is one porta-potty on the property (2/3 mile into our hike). There is no potable water available on the property.
- No pets or smoking are permitted and absolutely no smoking pets!
We will stay together as a group & leave together. Early departures cannot be accommodated except in case of medical emergency.
Our plan is to hold this event if the weather is decent. We hope you’ll join us! Heavy rains might affect our plans. If in doubt about the conditions, call 707.544-7284 (then press 1) after 8:00am the day of the hike. If there is no special message, the outing is a go as planned.
Email outings@LandPaths.org or call 707.544.7284 ext. 100 with any questions. Looking forward to seeing you at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve!
LandPaths is committed to steward this new preserve in a way that creates a community asset. We make this commitment with confidence, knowing together, YOU, LandPaths and the broader community, can create a place that reflects our shared values. This is particularly important and critical, as Bohemia has no public funding.
Please consider a donation for this outing. You can make a donation online here or in person on the day of the outing.
Visit our cancellation page to cancel your registration. If you need to cancel, please know that the more notice you give us the better. We usually cannot fill a space with only a day or two notice. If you cannot notify us in time, please consider making a donation to support more outings in the future for yourself & others. Thank you for your consideration!