Southern California Wildflower Reports
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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.
April 24, 2016 James Reports: Visited the Mecca Ca area to hike the Ladder Canyon Trail off Painted Canyon Rd. We found several wildflowers in the area on 4/20/16.
April 20, 2016 Morgan Reports: We hiked the Aliso trail off Paradise road on Saturday, April 16. Along the trail there are a large variety of small wildflowers such as the fairy lantern in the shaded areas along the dry creek bed. Blue dicks are up in great numbers, while scattered about to a lesser degree are lupine, poppies and mariposa lilies. Higher up on the hill sides the bush monkey flower is in full bloom. The checkerspot butterflies are out in great number patrolling the trail as well has a variety of other butterflies.
April 20, 2016 June Reports: Aliso Canyon, Santa Barbara County 4/18/16: There are a number of wildflowers still in bloom such as brodea, lupine, fairy lanterns, canyon sunflower,chia, poppies, bush monkeyflower, etc. But the real treat may be the wealth of butterflies including Variable checkerspots, Sara Orangetips, Monarchs, Sulphurs, Swallowtails, and others.
April 18, 2016 Daniel Reports: At Figueroa Mountain 4/16/16 : Many wildflowers in about the same 4 areas as in prior years. As you go up Figueroa Mountain Rd you will see some nice spots of Mariposa lilies, these white flowers with violet colored edges in the grassland before entering the recreational area. After you pass the Figueroa station and a few hundred yards before the Pino Alto and Cachuma Saddle road split is the first and easiest place to get to a large field of flowers. On one side of the slope are poppies and on the other side are these purple bush lupines. The next 3 locations require you to turn left and go up a narrow dirt road toward Pino Alto, Lookout, & Cumbre. Driving slowly, my passenger car was able to go up there without major trouble.
The second main area of flowers is at about the halfway point of going up this dirt road to the Cumbre picnic area. At about 1 ½ miles I parked on a large pullout before the road curves left, and then I walked back a few hundred feet to a large batch of flowers going down slope on the right side of the road.
After passing the Pino Alto picnic area, the third main area of flowers is at & slightly before the road split for Cumbre and The Lookout. There is a thick concentration of both poppies and lupines together on a long hill going up the slope on the right. There is also a smaller batch of flowers on the other side of the road on the downward slope. At the intersection you can go right to the Lookout to view the surrounding mountain areas but there are not as many flowers there; but there did seem to be a lot of flying bugs.
The fourth main area of wildflowers is turning left at the intersection going to the Cumbre picnic area and from a few hundred yards in to around the halfway point are batches of poppies and lupines together. As you get closer to the picnic area there is a large area of purple bush lupines among the trees in a forest like setting. From here you are close to the top so I turned around and went back down the mountain.
I did see quite a few cars parked in one location where I assume people were hiking to Grass Mountain. I spoke to someone in the area and she said that it takes about 2 hours each way to hike to where the flowers are but that the display was not as nice now since it is about 1 week past the bloom peak.
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