ICPS Field Trip (August 7-11, 2018)

Field Trip is all-inclusive and includes travel, meals, and lodging for $1000 (no substitutions to Field Trip package permitted).

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Field Trip Itinerary

Tuesday 8/7/18 – Travel Day 

Wednesday 8/8/18 - California Exploration 

Thursday 8/9/18 - California Exploration 

Friday 8/10/18 - Oregon Exploration 

Saturday 8/11/18 - Return Trip 

*See bottom of page for complete itinerary details!


"The best times of my life have been spent in the company of dear friends looking at and photographing carnivorous plants in the wild. There’s something so special and magical about seeing these rare and ancient plants in the very spot that they evolved millions of years ago.  It shall be our great pleasure to share our native carnivorous plants with experts and enthusiasts alike from all over the world. We invite you to register quickly as it is first come first serve.

"We’ve gathered a tight crew of experts to lead the fieldtrip: Daniela Ribbecke, Gina Morimoto, Arthur Yin, Barry Rice, Harry Tryon and myself. Daniela and I run California Carnivores. Arthur and Gina are longtime enthusiast with lots of experience in the field. Barry is a well-known expert and author and Harry knows more about Darlingtonia than anybody else. Honestly, we’re also a bunch of characters too. The company and comradery are half the reason to go on these trips. We laughed until our cheeks hurt on the planning trip, so we know it’s going to be a blast!

 "The Cobra Plant, Darlintonia californica, has a strange alluring beauty. Their translucent heads and long red mustaches glow in the evening sun and make for stunning photo ops. Late Summer is one of the best times to see the cobra plants too! We’ve planned the trip to show a diverse range of Darlingtonia, Drosera, and Pinguicula habitat. We’ll see roadside cliffs where carnivores cling to the wet rocks and we’ll travel down dirt roads into California back country to see stands and stands of Darlingtonia. The trip will culminate with the famous Days Gulch at $8 Mountain where the Darlingtonia march in a wide swath over 100 meters up the mountain. It’s considered by most to be the very best Darlingtonia site.

"Cobra plant country is itself spectacular. You’ll be able to examine and photograph Darlingtonia, Drosera rotundifolia, controversial capensis, and Pinguicula macrocerus all against the gorgeous, wild back-country of the Pacific North West. We expect to see Tule Elk on the drive up and we’ll drive through and walk amongst ancient redwoods. The rivers are there are pristine and so they are crystal clear and emerald green. It was the home to the Gold Rush and remains to this day the Wild West. Words can’t hope to do this area justice….so again we’re excited to invite you on this once in a lifetime trip!"

Damon Collingsworth

ICPS Fieldtrip Itinerary, August 7-11, 2018

Tuesday, 8/7/18 – Travel Day

8:00 am - Depart Santa Rosa pick up at Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country hotel

1:15 pm eat lunch at Six Rivers Brewery (1-1.5 hrs)

5:30 pm - SeaQuake Brewing Dinner (1.5 hr)

7:00 pm - Check in to lodging

Wednesday, 8/8/18 – Explore Gasquet Area

7:00 am - Breakfast – Hiouchi Café

8:00 am - Pick up at Hiouchi Motel

8:00 – 8:30 am - Safety talk, decontamination (buckets)

  • Covered Bridge site
  • South Fork Rd – Wailing Wall
  • Gasquet Market – bathroom, snacks, drinks
  • Panther Flat/Pioneer Rd
  • Darlingtonia Trail - lunch
  • French Hill (May not be included if time does not permit)
  • Go back to Hiouchi Motel
  • Stout Grove

7:00 pm – Crescent City - SeaQuake Brewing for Dinner

Thursday, 8/9/18 – Gasquet Toll Road

7:00 am - Breakfast – Hiouchi Café

8:00 am - Pick up at Hiouchi Motel

  • North Fork Rd - County Darlingtonia Preserve (Nr Disposal Site)
  • Gasquet Toll Rd – Sidewall
  • Gasquet Toll Rd – Darlingtonia Falls
  • Gasquet Toll Rd – The Pond (lunch)
  • Gasquet Toll Rd – Cedar Springs

7:00 pm - Crescent City - Oceans 675 for dinner

Friday, 8/10/18 – O’Brien and Cave Junction

7:00 am - Breakfast – Hiouchi Café

8:00 am - Pick up at Hiouchi Motel

8:15 am – Depart Hiouchi Motel - 45 min to O’Brien

9:00 am – Stop at O’Brien Market/Post Office for bathroom break/snacks/drinks

9:15 am – Leave for Lone Mountain Rd sites

  • Lone Mountain Rd/5550 – Site 1 (Harry calls this Wymer Rd) – 30 min
  • Whiskey Creek Bench (Low Mountain Rd/4402) (1-2 hrs, leave by 11:30 am)

11:30 am – Depart for Cave Junction - 20 min

12:00 pm - Lunch in Cave Junction (1.5 hr) – leave 1:30 pm

  • Carlos Restaurante

1:30 pm – Depart Cave Junction (40 min to Oregon Caves)

2:10 pm – 3:45 pm - Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve (1.5 hrs)

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm – Drive to Eight Dollar Mountain

4:45 pm – 6:00 pm - Days Gulch (Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area)

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Drive to Cave Junction

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm - Wild River Brewing and Pizza Co Dinner

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Drive to Hiouchi Motel

Saturday, 8/11/18

7:00 am - Breakfast – Hiouchi Café

8:00 am - Pick up at Hiouchi Motel

  • Vista point going south from Crescent City – nice view of ocean and coastline.
  • Lagoon Creek Coastal Trail below vista point – bathrooms and beach area

10:00 am – 11:00 am – Drive to Eureka Natural Foods (1450 Broadway St, Eureka, CA 95501)– pick up sandwiches and stop to eat on drive down (e.g., Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge or along Eel River, or Humboldt State Redwoods Park)

5:30 pm – Drive to Santa Rosa and drop off at Hyatt Regency Sonoma County Hotel 

***It is strongly advised that all attendees on the field trip schedule flights to leave the day after our return from the field trip. Traffic can be quite unpredictable in the Bay Area and we may not be back early enough Saturday for anyone to make flights in San Francisco or Oakland in the early evening.