Lewis Hill Preserve near Porterville opens to the public just one day a year, and this year that date is February 24. Come out for a lovely hike up the hill, looking for the rare striped adobe lily poking its head up amongst the tall grasses. When you get to the top of the hill, fly a kite or just enjoy the amazing view. The striped adobe lily is found in only six locations spread between Tulare and Kern counties, so seeing them is a real treat.
The hike starts at 9 a.m. and while not strenuous, it is moderately hard. We'll have a trail cut out but it's not regularly kept so be sure to wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Bring plenty of water and snacks too.
Cost for the event is $10 for SRT members, $15 for nonmembers and $5 for students. Please bring cash or your checkbook, no credit card accepted for this event.
The preserve is located just north of Porterville. From Highway 190 in Porterville, exit at Plano, one-and-a-half miles east of Highway 65. Drive north four miles to the crest of the first hill. From the north, take Highway 65 to Avenue 196 at Strathmore, and head east to Lynch/Road 256. Turn right (south) and follow the road until you reach the preserve.
The preserve is on the west side of the road. Park along the roadway at the top of the hill. Carpooling is encouraged.