MCAS Field Trip - APR 23 - Visit to SLO Land Conservancy’s Santa Rita Ranch

Lake at Santa Rita Ranch [photo by Judy Neuhauser]


[Originally scheduled for 3/19. Moved to 4/23 due to weather. All spots taken.]

Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP:       Visit to SLO Land Conservancy’s Santa Rita Ranch

DATE:                  Sunday, March 19, 2023

TIME:                   8:00AM to Noon

LEADER:            Tom Edell

CO-LEADER:     Mike Stiles

Trip is limited to 12 participants-Signups will be taken for 24 hours. 12 participants will be randomly selected. The remainder will be put on standby status in case of cancellations.

Come explore the rolling grass-covered foothills of the Santa Rita Ranch within the Santa Lucia Mountains. The crown jewel of this trip is the 234-acre foot lake, the fourth largest privately-owned lake in the county. This approximately one mile walk will be a loop around the hill with the lake house. Gentle hills, nothing steep, mostly dirt roads, mainly through grassland/oak savannah and overlooking the upper end of the lake.

Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring water, a snack + hat and sunscreen recommended. Restrooms are available.

ADA Accessible: No

Experience Level: All skill levels welcome

Registration and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required!

Registration will open on the morning of MAR 4th. The LINK to the Field Trip’s Registration Form will ONLY be sent out on above date via MCAS ALERT and SLOCOBIRDING. If you are not already a member of these email lists, you can join MCAS ALERT via JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST in the Footer of the MCAS website and/or SLOCOBIRDING via

Questions? Email Freddy Howell