The Wildflowers are Starting to Pop

..... so Let’s Take a Hike!

Saturday, March 19, 2011. Midland School is a private high school set on an almost 3,000 acre ranch in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley north of the town of Los Olivos. The Midland School Ranch features a beautiful network of trails abutting the Los Padres National Forest. These trails are open to the public for hiking through a conservation easement.

March is the beginning of wildflower season in the Santa Ynez Valley as poppies and lupine begin appearing on the hillsides and meadows. The scenic hike on will be led by Curt Cragg, Santa Ynez Valley's Accidental Historian & Intentional Hiker. The hiking is moderate-to-easy and follows a picturesque stream then leads uphill to a small cabin built by the Midland senior class in 1992.

Bring your trail snacks and enjoy a rest on the deck before we hike back. The hike is about 3 miles round trip and does require a small stream crossing. Well behaved dogs and children are welcome on this hike. This weeks hike is co-sponsored by the Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez.

Meet at the Stuart C. Gildred YMCA parking lot, 900 N. Refugio Road (corner of Refugio Rd. & Hwy 246), no later than 9:00 am to carpool to the trail head. If you need to call the YMCA for directions or you are running late call 805-686-2037.

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