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

Morning Meander: Newts to Nutmegs

March 27, 2024
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Picchetti Ranch Preserve
Approximate Total Miles

Looking for a shorter, mid-morning wildflower hike through gentle terrain? Join Docent Naturalists Marie-Anne Neimat, Emma Finter, and Kate Bauer for a leisurely-paced exploration of the Zinfandel Trail. You’ll stop frequently to discuss the preserve’s agricultural and natural history and learn about a slow-growing conifer called the California nutmeg. If the seasonal pond is full, you may find an abundance of newts engaging in an aquatic mating frenzy. You’ll have the option of relaxing in the shaded picnic area or visiting the historic winery grounds at the end.

Where to Meet

Meet at the preserve parking lot on Montebello Road. From the intersection of I-280 and Foothill Expressway, go 3.5 miles southwest (toward the mountains) on Foothill Boulevard/Stevens Canyon Road.  Turn right on Montebello Rd.  The preserve is 0.5 miles up Montebello Rd. on the left.

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