Hikers in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve / photo by Lanette Otvos

All Preserves Great & Small: Sierra Azul

Hikers in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve (Lanette Otvos)
January 14, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sierra Azul Preserve
Approximate Total Miles
7.4

For the first hike in the series, join docent naturalists Frances Reneau, Helena Cohen, and Sabra Abraham for a moderately-paced hike to visit Mt. Umunhum which is Midpen's highest elevation at 3,400 feet and located in its largest preserve - a fitting place to start the "All 26 Challenge." The mountaintop has been a sacred site for indigenous people for thousands of years, and served as an Air Force Station in the last century. Unusual plants and animals add to this preserve's compelling natural and cultural history. Reservations are required and will be accepted on or after December 31 and close January 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Where to Meet

Meet at the Bald Mountain parking lot located on Mt. Umunhum Rd. Exit Highway 85 at Camden Avenue. (From northbound Hwy. 85 turn left on Branham Avenue and then turn left on Camden Ave. and from southbound Hwy. 85 turn left on Camden Ave.) Travel on Camden Ave. about 1.6 miles to Hicks Road and turn right, and travel for about 6.3 miles. Turn right on Mt. Umunhum Rd. and continue for about 1.7 miles. The parking lot will be on the left.

Note: Regardless of vaccination status, all activity participants will be required to wear a mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Please review the additional COVID-19 safety protocols provided when you register for an activity.