March 15th, 2019
Andreas Canyon Trail
Indian Canyons
Admission is $9 adults | $7 Seniors | $7 Children 6-12 |US Military  are FREE | Equestrian $11
38-520 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA

The wildflowers along Andreas Canyon Trail in Palm Springs area are just starting to bloom.

On Friday afternoon, I hiked the Andreas Canyon Trail located in Indian Canyons.  The trailhead is easily accessible and is an relatively easy trail to hike.

Lupine was just starting to show in the grassy area of the upper trail.

I was surprised to see that the Super Bloom is just getting started along this trail.  A few Brittle Bush were in bloom, but there were a lot more buds than yellow blooms, indicating the peak bloom there will happen over the next 7-10 days and into April.

Apricot Globemallow.

There was one Beavertail Cactus in bloom high on a rocky cliff near the palm oasis section of the trail.  I also saw a single Barrel Cactus in bloom along the upper trail that runs above the stream.  Chia, brittle bush, Apricot Globe Mallow, popcorn flowers, Canterbury Bells to name a few, were just starting to come alive with color.

Barrel Cactus in bloom.

I would recommend this trail in late March and the first week in April to see the best wildflower displays.

Saturday, March 16th, 2019
Randall Henderson Trail
Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
51-500 Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA  92260

On Saturday, I hiked the Randall Henderson Trail in Palm Desert.  It is easily accessible from the Visitor’s Center Parking Lot located off of Highway 74 in Palm Desert.  The trail is a 2.5 mile loop that starts at 1000 foot elevation and climbs to 1,425 at the highest point.

The best wildflower displays are about a 1/4 of the way into the trail in a sandy wash.  The trail is in full bloom now, so if you can get there over the next few days, you will experience the peak of the bloom.

This section of the wash approximately 1/2 mile or so into the trail is the best display of wildflowers in full bloom.

I was impressed by the variety of flowers blooming along this trail.  There were brittle bush, desert lavender, beavertail cactus, fishhook cactus, poppies, lupine, chuparosa, Brown-eyed evening primrose, a few ghost flowers, desert chicory, Desert stars, desert pincushion, popcorn flower, rock daisies, and more.

Beavertail cactus in bloom were abundant and there were many with buds waiting to bloom. 
Poppies are on the left side of the trail a bit further up the wash along the slopes.
Fish-hook Cactus in bloom.
The trail takes you through a sandy wash and then it starts to climb.
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Lynn Bremner is the author of, a blog about desert road trips and tips. She started the blog after moving to Indio, CA where she now resides. Now a true desert dweller, Lynn has added in some of her own views on desert living. The heat does not keep her indoors in the summertime. She is out running, golfing or taking short day trips to some of the local points of interest. After years of traveling along the dusty, desert trails with her father, she has come to appreciate the beauty and solitude of the desert landscape. Her father’s passion for prospecting, desert lore and exploring the desert parks took their family to many interesting places, mostly in California, Nevada and Arizona. Lynn now writes about her desert road trips and intertwines a little bit of desert living into the mix.


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