NextSpace Foraging Hike
This trip is for folks who want to sample the real local flavors and vibe of the North Coast. While hiking in the redwoods, pines, creek sides and chaparral ecosystems, our local foraging expert will teach proper foraging techniques. Identification and harvesting practices will be demonstrated on various edible, medicinal and poisonous species of the North Coast. With edible surprises along every trail, this class if very interactive, fun and informative.
Meet at Butano State Park. Go through the kiosk (it's FREE if you have a State Park annual pass, otherwise it's $10), drive around 100 yards then park on the right, in front of toilets. We'll meet for logistics and route talk on the benches behind the bathrooms.
Hike is 3.3 miles through redwood forest, pine, chaparral and riparian ecosystems learning about wild food harvesting. Hike is a loop. Bathrooms and water at trailhead. Takes approx. 3 hours.
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WHAT TO BRING:
- Hiking boots or sturdy sneakers (please do not buy new boots for this hike). Trails can be muddy, so waterproof boots are preferred
- 1 pair socks, preferably a pair that rise above the tops of your shoes or boots to prevent rubbing and blisters
- Layers--it can get chilly in the redwoods
- Long pants suitable for hiking
- Water bottle (water at trailhead)
- Rain Jacket in case of rain
- Hiking poles
I've never been hiking before, is previous experience required?
No previous outdoor experience is necessary. If you are in reasonably good shape and have the desire and enthusiasm to learn, you will do fine. Our expert leaders will give a thorough overview of the route, activities and best practices for the activity. We recommend hiking uphill as training, but it's not required!
What will we be foraging for?
It depends on what's growing. We will have stops along the way to sample some pre-prepared food foraged locally. Depending on season, weather, ecosystem, trail and natural shifts in nature, species will vary from hike-to-hike.
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