Meet at the County boat launch parking lot next to the Lexington Reservoir Dam. From southbound Highway 17, take the Bear Creek Road exit, cross over the highway, and go 0.4 miles north on Highway 17 to Alma Bridge Road. Follow Alma Bridge Rd. over the top of the dam. Continue beyond the dam as the road jogs to the right. Turn right into the parking lot just before the road veers to the left. A Santa Clara County Park parking fee is in effect.
Have you ever wondered how the plants in the chaparral community survive during the hot, dry conditions of summer? Chaparral plants grow on thin rocky soil on south-facing slopes! Learn the adaptation strategies that allow these plants to thrive in harsh conditions with docents Jumana Latif and Lyle Rice on a moderately-paced hike. Expect an elevation gain between 600- to 1,200-feet and be rewarded with sweeping views of Lexington Reservoir and surrounding Santa Cruz Mountains.
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