Posted by: James Wapotich | March 27, 2017

Trail Quest: Potrero John Trail

Hiked to Potrero John Falls last weekend with local plant expert Lanny Kaufer. Lanny has been leading Herb Walks and Nature Hikes in Santa Barbara and Ojai for the past 41 years.

We sampled wild nettle, native thistle, as well as dried toyon berries. And of course took in the waterfall. The article describing our hike and some of the plants we saw, such as nettle, big cone spruce, wild tarragon, Great Basin sagebrush, and yerba santa appears in section A of today’s edition of Santa Barbara News-Press..

Lanny will be leading a nature hike along Potrero John Trail, Saturday, May 6th. He also has an upcoming Nature Hike to Rose Valley Falls, Sunday, April 9th. For a full list of events or to sign up for his newsletter and be in the know, go to

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Potrero John Falls

Older articles can be seen by scrolling down or using the search feature in the upper right corner. Articles from the News-Press appear here a couple months after they appear in the paper.

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Lanny studying an example of Great Basin sagebrush


  1. I’m really glad you “dragged” me up there, James. And thanks for all the great publicity.


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