Mt Diablo Lichen Walk

Lichen Walk at Mt Diablo State Park, Walnut Creek CA

When: November 5, 2011

Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Meeting place: We will meet at the Junction Ranger Station in Mt Diablo State Park.  We will explore that area for a little bit and then move up the mountain checking out interesting looking habitats along the way.  We will end up at the summit sometime after lunch to take in the views and check out those “high elevation” lichens (this is relative I know, but it’s the highest point in the Bay Area) before calling it a day.  Note there is a $10/vehicle entrance fee ($9 for seniors).

Directions: The Junction Ranger Station is located at the junction of North Gate Rd, South Gate Rd, and Summit Rd.  So, you can enter the park from either the North Gate or South Gate entrance stations and continue up the mountain until you come to the junction with Summit Rd where you will find the Junction Ranger Station.

What to bring: lunch, hand lense, local lichen guides.  We will have some extra guides and hand lenses.

Event Description: Join Shelly Benson and Bill Hill for a fall stroll in Mt Diablo State Park to admire lichens.  We’ll stop and key a few along the way and keep a running list to compare with what Doris Baltzo found in her study of the Mt Diablo lichen flora in the early 1970’s.

Contact: Shelly Benson at

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