Field Trip to Mount Piños

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019

Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Instructor: Pam De Vries & Scot Pipkin

Location: Mount Piños

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At an elevation of 8,847 feet, Mount Piños is one of the highest points in California's Transverse Ranges. Its location at the junction of the Mojave Desert, San Joaquin Valley, Sierra Nevada, and Southwestern California make it a botanically rich and fascinating place to visit.

Join the Garden as we explore the slopes of Mount Piños in search of high elevation plants, particularly conifers and summer-blooming wildflowers. Learn about the region's geography and flora from Pam De Vries, author of "A Field Guide to the Plants of the San Emigdio Mountains Region of California." Time will be spent in a vehicle caravan, making stops along the road to discuss floristic changes/plants of interest, as well as short hikes of up to 2mi.

Participants should bring their own lunch, snacks. water, and appropriate attire/footwear.


Image of Scot PipkinScot Pipkin was born and raised in San Diego, California. After attending UCLA and receiving a degree in Geography with an emphasis in biogeography, he has spent his career acquiring and sharing an understanding of the natural world that emphasizes the interconnections that surround us. This work has allowed him to inhabit some of the most beautiful and ecologically rich places in the Southwest, including Yosemite, the redwoods of the San Mateo Coast, Saguaro National Park in Arizona, and the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico. From 2012-2016, he served as the Public Access Manager for Tejon Ranch Conservancy, leading wildflower and natural history tours through the San Joaquin Valley, Antelope Valley, and Tehachapi Mountains.

Pam De Vries is a botanist residing in Pine Mountain Club. She holds a BS in Botany from Cal Poly, Pomona, and a MS in Biology from Cal State, Fullerton. She has worked as a botanical consultant in southern California since the mid 1990's. She is currently a Research Associate with Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, working to document the flora of the San Emigdio Mountains region. She also works as a volunteer for the Los Padres National Forest, Mount Piños Ranger District, conducting botanical inventories and rare plant surveys on the District's trails and public use areas. In 2012, she published A Field Guide to the Plants of the San Emigdio Mountains Region of California. When not out hunting for rare plants, she and her husband enjoy traveling, camping and an occasional fishing trip.

Travel/Day Trips
Botany/Natural History