Beach Meadow trip is Aug. 1

Beach Meadow trip is Aug. 1“Seriously — let’s head for the hills! The Kern Plateau Meadows are currently as lush as I’ve ever seen them,” said Janet Westbrook, Maturango Museum tour guide who continues to lead pandemic-modified field trips to nearby attractions.

The next trip will be held Wednesday, Aug. 1, to Beach Meadow.

The three-mile-long course takes hikers along a government-owned pasture that is a favorite destination for horse campers.

“There is a perennial stream, a marsh, and a wonderful old 1906 line shack that is now used as part of the snow survey program,” said Westbrook. The meadow is also full of summer flowers and willows, she said — “a lovely place to be!”

Participants will learn more about the ecosystem, conservation, forest health and snow survey program.

“We’ll go up 9 Mile to Kennedy Meadows, to Troy and Blackrock Station, then head west down into the Beach system just above 8,000 feet,” said Westbrook. The road includes five miles of rugged terrain.

Clearance should not be an issue, but good tires are a must.

The trip will spend a couple of hours at the meadow, which includes shade and port-a-potties.

There will be adequate space on the trip to accommodate appropriate social distancing.

Hikers should bring a picnic lunch, lots of water, a folding chair, toilet paper, a rain coat, mosquito repellant, sun block and a hat.

Participants will meet in the museum parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $25 for museum members ($20 for two adults), $30 for non-members ($50 for two adults), and free to children 14 and younger.

Registration is available at shop.maturango.org.

Story First Published: 2020-07-24