Southern California Wildflower Reports
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2017 Southern California Wildflower Reports
Jan 13, 2017
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: The recent rains have alleviated the drought in much of the state, but we're still at only half of what we need to potentially have a good bloom at the Poppy Reserve. More rain is coming though! Shoots of grasses, red-stem filaree, and a few little poppies are starting to poke through. It's still too early to predict the bloom duration and intensity, but regular updates will begin in February. The Jane S. Pinheiro Interpretive Center will be open March 1 - April 30.
Jan 1, 2017 DUSA reports: More rain in southern California this weekend good start for the upcoming wildflower season.
2016 Southern California Wildflower Reports
May 23, 2016 Morgan Reports: Saturday May 14 we hiked for a bit in Thousand Oaks on the Santa Rosa Trail. The trail traverses Mountclef Ridge, a volcanic rock outcropping with lots of cactus, the coast cholla and coastal prickly-pear are in bloom, lots buckwheat too. Just don’t get too close. The rocky ridge trail offers great views north across the Santa Rosa Valley to the Santa Susana and Topatopa Mountains and views to the south across the Conejo Valley to the Santa Monica Mountains.
May 17, 2016 Jimbo Reports: It looks like the wildflowers have moved a mile from where they were in April. Like a mile higher. There's a two-mile loop trail near Lake Arrowhead that has about a dozen different types of mountain wildflowers in bloom. It's called the Indian Hill Trail and is located off Highway 189 in Twin Peaks directly across from the Pinecrest Christian Conference Center.. Since they had a "private road" sign on Pincrest Road, I got the feeling that they won't allow people to park on their property .
There's enough parking for about a half-dozen or so cars along the highway on the north side of the road. We went on a Saturday and got there around 11 AM and had no problem parking. However, since you're in the San Bernadino National Forest, you probably will need the forest service pass. I was really quite surprised at the variety of the flowers that we saw. The star of the show was the wild irises. There were a few right along the trail and more hidden away just off the trail. There was also wild lilac, goldenrod and several varieties of lupine. Also, scattered about in the shadier areas were small carpets of blue mountain wildflowers.
We also hiked the Dogwood Trail at the Dogwood Campground. It's just after the interection of Highway 18 and Daley Canyon Road. Although there were a lot of dogwoods in bloom, there was hardly anything else worth seeing. One other thing of note, on the way up Highway 18 from San Bernadino the scottish broom were covering entire hillsides (just before Crestline). I'd never seen so many i bloom along this stretch of road. It was pretty impressive.
May 17, 2016 Ashley Reports: While not typical high desert, but still worth a note, the ground is coated with both Fine Flowered Gilia and Nevada Gilia, and very hard to do justice with a camera but see attached picture. Easy to view from the Sherman Pass rd on the way to Kennedy Meadows about 15 miles in, from HWY395, Pearsonville CA.
April 29, 2016 Will Reports: Took these shots on the Cactus to Clouds trail in Palm Springs. I don't know what variety they are, but they sure look nice.
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