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2017 Southern California Wildflower Reports - Page 2

April 14, 2017 Susan reports: On Tuesday, 4/11, going west on SR58 to Carrizo Plain Nat'l Monument from Hwy 33, the road had a lot of yellow and some purple flowers in bloom.  Some of the hills were almost screaming yellow they were so bright. The closer I got to Carrizo Plain, there were more flowers.

April 14, 2017 Franck reports: I visited and explored the north part of Carrizo Plain National Monument on April 9th, notable area are Temblor Range along the Elkhorn Rd and Simmler Rd, and also Seven Miles Rd near Hwy58. For the view of the entire Plain, recommend Overlook Hill. 

 

April 14, 2017 Keung reports: Poppy Field about 1.5 miles from Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve Entrance. 4/9/17

April 14, 2017 Karin reports:  Taken with my phone while running around Short Canyon and Indian Wells Canyon (by Inyokern). They are different from last year and the one before. Especially the Cream Cup, that might become my favorites... or maybe not ;)

April 12, Jeff reports: I visited Carrizo Plains on April 8-9.  It was overcast and rainy on the 9th, but the clouds made for some interesting photos even without sun-lit flowers.  

Driving west from the south (east) entrance on the Soda Lake Road, as I approached Traver Ranch I could see a ridge off to the left with yellow on top.  I turned south onto the Lawson Spring Road and followed a 2-track that forked to the right (W).  This took me near the base of the ridge where I hiked up.  There are some remarkable fields of flowers along and behind this ridge that can't be seen from the valley.  The summit is located near latitude 35.03157, longitude -119.63945.  

Although getting onto the ridge involves a steep 800-1000 ft climb with no trails, experienced hikers shouldn't have a problem.  I wore sandals but did see two (visually) striking snakes in the area; both were docile, though one had the little buzzy thing on its tail ... so boots are advised.  Later, I drove the Elkhorn Road, which was also spectacular around Soda Lake.  

Other gifts included views of a Short-eared Owl, Lawrence Goldfinches, a Coyote, two Golden Eagles, a group of Pronghorns in a field of gold, a Merlin, and several Bell's Sparrows.  My thanks to desertusa.com for steering me to this special place.

April 12, 2017 Michelle reports: April 8,201 Carrizo Plain National Monument 

April 12, 2017 Katie reports: I saw these around 6:30 PM 4/10/17 in Carrizo Plain, off of Elkhorn Road in Temblor range. The tidy tips had all closed, and when I looked closer I saw these for the first time ever! Very fragrant.

Carrizo Plain, Off Elkhorn Road it looked like a river of yellow flowers coming down from the mountains.

April 12, 2017 Charlee reports: The following photos were taken at Soda Lake in the Carrizo Plain off of Hwy 58 on Sunday April 9.  It was a perfect day for photos.

April 10, 2017 Marc reports: April 6th at Carrizo Plain

April 10, 2017 JMcSlammer reports: Carrizo Plain NM has been so extraordinary this year that I couldn't resist a third weekend trip there. The Temblor Range is still in super bloom.

April 10, 2017 Katie reports: I was at Carrizo Plain yesterday April 8 along 7 mile Road near the intersection of Soda Lake Road there were tidy tips, goldfields, phacelia, owl clover and desert larkspur. Just in case I had on snake guards on my legs but didn’t see any. Doesn’t mean they weren’t there though.

Carrizo Plain looking across Soda Lake. Lots of bloom

April 8 on 7 mile Road. Loved the owls clover in the goldfields. There were lots.

April 10, 2017 Jonathan reports: The biggest challenge is figuring out where you can get close to and wander into the Tremblor Range.  So drive along Elkhorn Road (of course), and about 4 miles north of Hurricane Road you will see this gate...

Walk through, and there's a short quarter-mile trail that will take you here...

And yes, you can walk all the way up to the top...

 

April 10, 2017 Clayton reports: After seeing all the reports on DesertUSA, I drove 7 hours from Reno to give it a look on Wed, April 5th. Absolutely worth it.There are fields of beautiful flowers in the valley along Soda Lake Rd and Simmler Rd, but the truly unbelievable blooms are in the Temblor Range.

To get to a stunning vantage point, I took Elkhorn Rd SE from Seven Mile Rd to where it meets a cattle pen. Near there is a road/trail that leads into the Temblor Range. The hike is moderate, but well worth it. Fields of yellow, purple, and orange delight the eyes as one hikes up. The sounds and smells are delightful, too: birds (western meadowlarks, horned larks) are seemingly everywhere, singing their songs; and the aroma of the flowers is almost intoxicating. As I was returning to my car after the hike, a fellow hiker remarked that he had just marked off a "bucket list" item. Indeed. This needs to be on peoples' bucket lists, and the time to go is now!

April 10, 2017 Cedar reports: Taken in Lancaster on 110th St West between Ave D and Ave K photos taken 4/7/17

April 10, 2017 Maram reports: These photos at Antelope valley reserve , ca and surrounding area. 
Saturday around noon 4/8/17.

April 7, 2017 Carrizo Plain National Monument reports: Travel Advisory: Visiting Carrizo Plain National Monument this weekend? Please be prepared. Rain is in the forecast and visitors should be aware that many of the roads in the monument are unpaved and become impassable when wet, even by 4WD vehicles. 

Soda Lake Road from State Highway 58 south to approximately 4 miles beyond the Goodwin Education Center is paved and offers excellent wildflower viewing even during wet weather.

High clearance vehicles are recommended. Panorama Road remains closed. Elkhorn Road may become impassable, especially for cars. Wet and muddy conditions can result in vehicles getting stuck and minimal tow services are available. Please use caution and when in doubt, don't cross wet or muddy roads.

 

April 7, 2017 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of April 7th, the poppies blooming on the east side of the park and the lacy phacelia on Kitanemuk are just beginning to fade. The poppies have begun blooming across the western slopes; not in as high of a density but still a good bloom. Depending on if we get rain next week, they could last into late April or early May.

If possible, visiting on weekdays (Monday-Friday), and carpooling is highly recommended. Due to high visitation on weekends, lines on the entrance road and for restrooms may be long by mid-morning, and the entrance road may be closed altogether when the lots are full. Visitors may park on Lancaster Road and walk in for free, but must stay along the entrance road and enter at the kiosk; visitors entering the park through the fenceline or by walking across the open fields from the road will be fined.

Stay on OFFICIAL TRAILS (map) only. Walking in the poppies crushes all of the wildflowers and will result in a ticket. DO NOT walk where others have already damaged plants or there is only bare dirt; it will compound the damage and leave a scar for years to come. No dogs, bikes, drones, or picking flowers.

Poppies curl up at night or if it’s cold so check the weather forecast before arriving.  The weather can change suddenly and it is frequently windy here during the spring.  This is a DESERT grassland, so drink water often.  Note that it can be very windy here in the spring.

April 7, 2017 Jody reports: Went up to the Temblor Range in Carrizo Plain NM on April 4th, one week after the first trip. Hiked up a different ridge and back down the same canyon as before. A different perspective of the same area. STILL awesome!. Rain in forecast. Here is link to some park Brochures and Maps

April 6, 2017 Paul reports: Carrizo Plain 4/3-4/5. Carrizo Plain 

April 6, 2017 Daniel reports: Red Rock Canyon State Park: April 3, 2017 Nice carpet if low lying gold fields in the main visitor center area below campground. Even more showy taller variety of goldfields at Rooster picnic area at southern edge of park on west side of highway 14.

April 6, 2017 Eggprince reports: "Taken on 4/3/17 after hiking up fairly high in in the Temblor Range in Carizzo Plain NM"

60 yards south of Avenue I and within sight of the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve parking lot: 

April 6, 2017 Frank reports: Photos are taken last Sat 1st April from Scenic Trail at Point Mugu State Park in Malibu. This place has a lot kind of wildflowers, especially have mariposa Lily and morning glory, but poppies are rare here.

April 5, 2017 Michael reports: ​Carrizo Plain, April 2. I have never seen it like this. South end of the plain is past peak, but around Soda Lake in the mountains it's amazing. I think we'll be seeing more purples, less yellows in the coming week or two, based on my ground-level observation. Park Map PDF

April 5, 2017 M reports: Hwy 58, carrizo plains North entrance.

April 5, 2017 Karl reports: Saturday (April 1st) we drove out to Shell Creek, about 50 mi east (NE from highway #58), and arrived at dawn with frost still on the plants with drooping flowers and leaves. Closeup they were beautiful and these were taken with a macro lens - very close. The blue flower is about 1/2 inch across. Park Map PDF

Photo below NOT saturated or increased in contrast in processing; the hills were amazing (on the crest)
The orange is CA poppies, purple is phacelia, yellow is hillside daisy (Monopolia)

Yellow hillside daisy and pinkish-purple Kern Mallow; phaccelia in the foreground
(from (slightly off) the cross-Temblor Range road on the East side)

The Temblor Hills, are sandy, siliceous area with a huge number of fossils of many organisms (large Mammals to marine life). We knew that they could have some of the most spectacular wildflower displays, but only infrequently; usually they are dusty grey-brown. This year was a super-bloom. Park Map PDF

April 5, 2017 Susan reports: On Sat., April 1, went to Antelope Valley. On Hwy 138 near Neenach, we turned north on 3 Points Rd. Went to end and turned left then right onto dirt roads and saw some beautiful fields of flowers. After returning to Hwy 138, went further east. We planned to turn south on Ave 170, but to our surprise it was blocked off and a hwy patrol car was at the corner. Further east on Hwy 138 there were nice fields of poppies, too, so we still enjoyed the day.

April 5, 2017 Lisa reports: Short Canyon in the Southern Sierra's - Short Canyon is about 20 minutes northwest of Ridgecrest. 4/4/17

April 3, 2017 DesertUSA reports: Thanks for all the photos of the Carrizo Plain National Monument, below are the photos for the last few days. Park Map PDF

By Morgan

By Harvey - descend from the 58 to Soda Lake Road. Taken on April 1, Saturday

By Eiko From main road or just a little hike into the hills

By Stephen - Elkhorn Road between Soda Lake Road through to Rt 58

By Fred - Soda Lake and Elkhorn roads

By Frank - One word describing Carrizo Plains it is OMG

April 3, 2017 Gregory reports: While I took some nice photos, and enjoyed my day off of Hwy 138 and north of the Poppy Reserve, I want to add a note of caution to those driving to the area. We got stuck in very soft sand/dirt on the dirt roads, requiring us to be towed out. This was an expensive and worrisome end to a wonderful day. But I'd like to alert those reading information on your site to STAY on firm dirt roads, and not to travel off onto smaller or softer ground. The first tow truck that came to get us, also got stuck in the dirt. Some of the earth is like quicksand, it just sinks beneath the weight. Now, on to the photos! These were all taken about 1/4 mile South of Hwy 138 between 150 - 155th Streets, Lancaster, CA. All photos taken by me on April 1st 2017.

April 1, 2017 Michael reports: The wildflower bloom at the Carrizo Plain is awesome. Note the reflection in Soda Lake. It is such a peaceful place. Park Map PDF

April 1, 2017 Jason reports: Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, taken 3/29/17. till expansive stretches of poppies in the eastern part of the park, along with fiddlenecks, phacelia, and others.

April 1, 2017 Bob reports: Carrizo Plain - best near the SE entrance off highway 33/166. In the first mile or so are lots of owls clover just out in the past week. Fiddleneck is all over the place. The brilliant yellow hills of daisies are good right around the pond just before mile 3, near the information sign. The daisies are thickest about 5-6 miles in from the main road, right where the pavement ends. Just east of that point is the densest daisy cluster, while on the west side of the fence, the phacelia are thick on the valley floor beneath the hills.

Just east of the monument, there's a nice view down into the valleys from the Hudson Road that goes to Frasier Park. Also, just a few miles south of where 33 and 166 split along the 33 as it goes towards Ojai, the Ballinger Canyon OHV area has lots more hills of thick daisies. It's about 3 miles up a breaking-up road, but passable up to the campground where the best hills start.

In the Antelope Valley, the densest poppies were near the intersection of route 138 and 140th avenue west, near the transmission lines. If you go north on 140th a half mile or so, there are poppies beneath a small grove of joshua trees. While there are joshua trees in many parts of the valley, this was one of the few places where there were good flowers around them. The east side of Antelope Valley, including Saddleback Butte, has nothing major happening at this time.

Along Ortega Highway (route 74) just east of San Juan Capistrano, Casper Wilderness Park has a nice display of blue dicks along the Bell Canyon Trail.

April 1, 2017 Helen reports: We went to Carrizo Plain (March 30) and it's spectacular there and these photos were taken along the roads. Park Map PDF

Near CA58 and 7 mile Rd

Along Soda Lake Rd

Along Simmler Rd. near south end of the big Soda Lake.

April 1, 2017 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: The poppies are still in full bloom, and we expect it will last at least the next three weeks! However, visiting on weekdays (Monday-Friday) is HIGHLY recommended. Our parking lots are filling on weekends and the trails are very busy.

When lots are full, you may park on Lancaster Road and walk in for free but pedestrians MUST stay along the entrance road and enter at the kiosk; please do not walk through our open fields and up into the wildflowers!! Also, there are many rattlesnakes out in this warm weather, so the road and trails are the safest areas to walk.
Bote that dogs are not allowed in the Reserve, only ADA service animals (emotional support animals are not permitted).

And most of all, please stay on the official trails only! Visitors stepping off trails have killed many plants already, resulting in dirt side paths. Please do not walk on these side paths; further compaction of the soil creates scars that will take many years to recover. Thank you to all the wonderful visitors that have enjoyed the bloom already, and we'll see you soon!

March 31, 2017 Darryl reports: The Temblor Range has spectacular carpets of wildflowers now (we counted 22 specieis in bloom), but it’s always a hard hike to reach them. (The blooms are similar in extent to the end of March in 2010.) Elkhorn Road provided easy access in my Honda Fit from both northern and southern locations in Carrizo Plain. From the Panorama Road direction there are a few gates to open and close. We hope the Monument people will take down the road-closure signs, because roads are now perfecty driveable. Park Map PDF

Temblor Range 4/29/17 - poppy, kern mallow

Temblor Range 4/29/17 - desert candle, hillside daisy, tansy phacilia, San Juaquin blazing star

March 31, 2017 Jody reports: Here are two more photos from the Temblor Range 3/29/17 Park Map PDF

March 30, 2017 Jody reports: I went out to Carrizo and hiked up into Temblor Range 3/29/17. Best display I have ever seen. Here is ONE of 17GB worth. Park Map PDF

March 30, 2017 Susan reports: Went to Red Rock Cyn March 29. Patches of yellow ground flowers in main camping area. Most profuse display I saw in park was 1.6 miles south of the main camping area off a one-lane dirt road about 1 mile into Red Rooster Cyn. A lot of yellow, but some purple and white on short trail from end of road.

March 30, 2017 Ken reports: Carrizo Plains 3-24-2017, Just west of Seven Mile Road on Hwy 58 Park Map PDF

On Seven mile road, about two miles south of Hwy 58, looking North.

March 30, 2017 Bob reports: This is Soooo depressing. After our SECOND 3 hour trip to Diamond Valley Lake, this time knowing not to go Monday or Tuesday, we arrived to find that despite all their "wildflower trail this way" signs, they've closed it due to trampling. The lake trail is open, but not the good trail everyone has been enjoying. If we weren't civilized, we'd be tempted to spray over their now-misleading signs.

March 30, 2017 Dori reports: Poppies north of Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve. Taken March 29, Hwy 138 and 140th St., Lancaster, CA

March 29, 2017 Darryl reports: Here’s a sampling of the many species of flowers in bloom now in the hills near Kernville. Some of the more prominent are owls clover, goldfields and baby blue eye. The wide open meadows north of Kernville now have masses of small flowers, noteably owls clover, goldfields and bird’s eye gilia. Lake Isabella area.

March 29, Omar reports: Red Rock Canyon State Park Photo taken March 27th near the Window Rock Junction of Hagen Trail.

March 29, 2017 Kathy reports: Drove up to the Carrizo Plain National Monument on March 27th and I honestly saw the best wildflower display ever. We went through the southern part first and the hills were covered with Hillside Daisies while the valley floor had vast carpets of phacelia, fiddleneck, and filaree. At the Soda Lake Boardwalk were goldfields, fiddleneck, owl clover, phacelia, tidy tips, locoweed, delphinium, and baby blue eyes. The hill of the Soda Lake Overlook were baby blue eyes, hillside daisies, fiddleneck and lupine just starting to bud.

March 29, 2017 Jiping reports: CA 58 near Carrizo Plain Nationals Monument

March 29, 2017 Dan reports: These are along Hwy 58 after leaving Shell Creek Road but not to Soda Lake Road.

Soda Lake Road in the Carrizo Plain Nationals Monument

Hwy 46 (James Dean Highway) west of the accident site on the way to Paso Robles.

March 29, 2017 Mark reports: Diamond Valley Lake

March 29, 2017 RG reports: Flowers Trail, Diamond Valley Lake, Hemet, CA Date: March 26, 2017 California Poppy, Arroyo Lupine, Brittlebush, California Goldfields (most of which are still fully bloomed) can be commonly spotted in abundant along most of the Flowers Trail loop. Others species such as Owl’s Clover, Caterpillar Phacelia, Canterbury Bells, Chia, Rancher’s Fiddleneck, Blue Dicks, and Baby Blue Eyes can be found in smaller quantities in various spots on the trail.

March 28, 2017 HA reports: Diamond Valley Lake still has plenty of photo op’s and plenty of people. The mornings are less crowded but the poppies seem to take their time opening up. Maybe still another week with good color. Taken on March 26.

March 28, 2017 Peter reports: Diamond Valley Lake, Hemet, CA March 26, 2017

March 28, 2017 Dan reports: Hiking in Whitewater Preserve Hills with Encilia Farinosa March 25.

March 27, 2017 Lynda reports: These photos were take at the Upper Las Virgenes Open Space near cistern taken on March 25

March 27, 2017 Jim reports: Visited Shell Creek Road off of Hwy 58 in San Luis Obispo County on 3/25. Three weeks ago, there were no wildflowers. Today, a dramatic change. Large sections of goldfields and tidytips, and the lupines are starting to appear. With the recent rains, it should be a good show for a few weeks. A few minutes further east on 58, bison were grazing next to the highway.

March 27, 2017 Pete reports: North of antelope valley visitors center off the main grid.....very nice today (3/25/17)....but when clouds are over head it gets cold....

March 27, 2017 Jon reports: I drove out to the Carrizo Plain on Sat 25th along hwy 58. Dropping down from the Buttonwillow side you pass through hills covered in various wildflowers that provide large areas of yellow, purple and it looks like some orange is starting to creep in here and there. The view from 58 back to the east is wonderful. Driving along Soda Lake road south from 58 there are good wildflowers along the road. Just before the visitor center, at the south end of soda lake was the best area I found. Fields of flowers stretching out for acres. You can walk out or drive about a mile on the dirt road there to see the full extent and get views across to the Temblor range.

March 27, 2017 Andrew reports: Carrizo Plain National Monument Sunday 3/26 off Soda Lake Rd.

Soda Lake Rd in Carrizo Plain National Monument. Some great yellows and purples there.

Gorman, about a mile or so south of town. Walk up the hills for a much better experience.

March 27, 2017 Morgan reports: Figueroa on Friday, March 24, the wildflower season appears to be off to a slow start. Just past the Figueroa station the bush lupine is blooming and the poppies are starting along the road. On top the chocolate lilies and shooting stars are up in good numbers. Grass Mountain has only a glimmer of color. The “super bloom” doesn’t appear be happening this year here in comparison to photos from last at this year.

March 26, 2017 Darryl reports: Moist areas of Red Rock Canyon State Park have rich displays of goldfields, purple mat and yellow monkeyflower (as shown). Nearby are blue phacelia, desert dandelion, desert daisy, popcorn flower and other species.

March 26, 2017 Mari reports: Red rock canyon state park. Hagen canyon nature trail. You get to see many beautiful yellow patches along the trail. Thank you for providing very cool and accurate info about wild flowers.

March 26, 2017 Darryl reports: Wonderful carpets of poppies and goldfields can be found along Highway 138, a few mies north of the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve.

March 26, 2017 Laura reports: Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve March 24th

March 25, 2017 Andy reports: I have just returned from a trip to Lancaster outside of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. I did not go into the Reserve but drove around it. The best spots were along W. Ave D (Route 138) north of the reserve between 110th and 160th St W; along W. Ave D-8 (a dirt road south of intersection of W. Ave D & 140th St W), and along the 110th St W south of Ave D. Don't bother with Lake Elizabeth Road; there was nothing to see.

 

March 25, 2017 Susan reports: I was in Antelope Valley, Friday. The poppies at the Poppy Preserve are pretty, yet not as thick as they have been in the past. There were some nice patches of flowers on Lancaster Blvd, just east of the preserve. Also there are some displays on the road banks on Munz Ranch Rd. Not much on Lake Elizabeth Rd and Ave 170 like there has been in past years. $10 cash entrance for Poppy Reserve. Breezes make the poppies shake. They close with wind and clouds. Best to go when it is sunny and calm.

March 25, 2017 Darryl reports: Flowers are prime in Tahquitz Canyon at Palm Springs. An employee at the visitors center told us that it’s the "best bloom since the 1990s.” He counted 20 species in bloom on the two-mile loop trail.

March 25, 2017 Travis reports: Every empty lot in Palm Springs/Desert area is blooming with Sand Verbena, small white Phacelua, tall yellow asteracea (Hymenosis?), and brittle bush, plus lits of tiny blooms. The road though Coachella Valley Preserve, North of Palm Desert, CA was terrific. I'm glad I spent most of my day there instead of in J-Tree. I'm processing photos now. Many plants have set seed, many more were in bloom and the dominant blooms changed about every mile or less. I haven't looked up plant names yet, but saw: Lupine (light blue to pinkish) 3 or more Phacelias White Oenotheria Brittle bush Sand verbena Big shrub in pea family with tiny dark purple flowers Creosote Yellow asteracea (hymenoxys) 6" to 2ft tall

March 24, 2017 Maureen reports: Driving along Interstate Highway 10 from Blythe towards Indio, CA, on March 19, 2017 we were delighted to see a profusion of Desert Lilies on the north side of the highway. Over the fence there were also large numbers of lilies (Hesperocallis undulata) together with desert sand-verbena (Abronia villosa) and evening primroses ( Oenethera deltoides.) The lilies were present along several stretches of the highway but the most impressive section was on the north side between 16.5 miles and 17 miles east of Desert Center or 70 miles east of the Washington Street exit in Indio (Exit 137)

March 24, 2017 Rich reports: There is a wonderful display of thousands of lupine at Rivendale Park at Towsley Canyon in Santa Clarita. To see them hike the Elder Trail. Drive into the park to the big parking lot on the right. The Elder Trail may be entered from the back right or the middle left of the parking lot. It is an easy to moderate loop trail of about 1 mile (for the short version of the trail). For information see http://hikesantaclarita.com/rivendale-park-and-open-space/

March 24, 2017 Ann reports: Diamond Valley Lake Friday, March 24, 2017

 

March 24, 2017 Daniel reports: I went to hike the flower trail at Diamond Valley Lake on Sunday afternoon since they are supposedly closed on Monday and Tuesday. Although the Marina parking lot on Angler Ave was only half full, it still took me about 15-20 minutes to get in. I guess if a lot of people come at the same time, it takes some time to get in since there is only 1 pay station.

The wildflowers viewing is amazing as others have reported. The best spot that I saw was a place that some people might possibly miss. After you pass the portable bathroom next to the 4 yellow posts you come to a fork in the trail. Instead of continuing on the Lakeview Trail, you go right at the fork as it start to go up to the top of the hills on the flower trail. After turning right at the fork almost immediately you turn right again onto a smaller side trail which is just a slight detour for it loops around a small hill to meet back with the main trail. Halfway through this side trail you will notice that the wildflowers are very concentrated here and cover both slopes on each side of the trail. After exiting this side trail I continued up to the top of the hills and explored different areas as it goes down and around back to the Lakeview Trail.

March 23, 2017 Ekaterina and Guy report: We went to Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve March 22rd. Mid-afternoon hail come down on the reserve accompanied with wind. I fear some of the flowers suffered quite a bit from the weather.

March 22, 2017 Susan reports: Monday, I spoke with a ranger at Carrizo Plain. He said the majority of the color is on the south end of Soda Lake Rd. Driving further north toward the visitors' center, you can see a large purple display from the overlook hill. (The flowers were far away). He said starting in 3 days, they will have a wildflower hotline updated on Thursdays and Sundays. 805-475-2035. He anticipates the peak bloom will be early and mid-April. He said some of the roads off of Soda Lake Rd currently are closed (even 4WD) due to mud. They have had to dig some vehicles out. I didn't see any poppies, but lots of yellow, some purple, orange and white. Driving 10 miles up the hwy from Maricopa to Soda Lake Rd, the many of the hills had yellow flowers -- a beautiful sight.

The hills just north of Gorman are ablaze with poppies. Despite that it was very hazy when I was there today, I could still enjoy them. To take photos, get off at the Fort Tejon exit and go left. After you cross the freeway, make an immediate right on the first road. This road will take you through some trees and then to the top of a hill overlooking the freeway and the many surrounding hills with poppies.

March 22, 2017 Teodora reports: The first is photo taken at Antelope Valley. There are hills covered with poppy. This was taken up on a hill off 140th st. The 2nd photo is taken from Hwy. 58 coming from Buttonwillow. There are hills covered with fiddleneck and can be seen from a distance. The 3rd photo taken on Hwy 58 on the way to Carrizo Plains. The hills and valley floor are dotted with yellows and orange as far as the eye can see..The last photo is taken at Shell Creek Rd. on the way to Santa Margarita.

March 22, 2017 Lilian reports: Diamond Valley Lake was a paradise last weekend (03/18), everything was at peak, go ASAP!

March 21, 2017 Eric reports: This is the Red Rooster area of Red Rock Canyon State Park (Kern Co.), today March 18, 2017. You're afraid to walk anywhere. The fragrance will knock you out. Go today.Spangler Hills OHV area is all green and yellow. The Silver Queen mine hill outside Mojave is spectacular in green and red--wish I'd stopped to take a photo, and I hope someone will and post it here.

March 21, 2017 Susan reports: 138 and Ave 110 Just north of the poppy reserve

March 21, 2017 Bob reports: Walker Canyon in the Lake Elsinore area. DATE Sat, Mar 18, 2017.

March 21, 2017 Jade reports: The Mojave is putting on quite the slow in areas northeast of Victorville. Carpets of Fremont Phacelia give areas above 3000’ a striking blue “carpeted” look. Blue Dicks and Canterbury Bells are also contributing to the richness. More localized flowering of Rattlesnake Weed and Globe Mallow in rocky areas and drier bajada areas. Fiddleneck and Golden Gilia create a few patches of yellow that are a striking contrast to masses of Fremont Phacelia. Some of the dirt roads from Hwy 247 give good access to washes where the colors are most strongly concentrated. Get out of the car and hike around to enjoy this to the fullest. Pictures from March 19th in Ord Mountains.

March 20, 2017 Grant reports: Hi Taken on March 18,2017 at Carrizo Plain Monument

March 20, 2017 John & Dafny report: We visited Diamond Valley Lake, Hemet on 3/18(Sat). If you are planning to visit, drive to Diamond Valle Lake Mariana (not to the visitor center) where the wild flower trail starts. We paid 13$ for two people and parking. We had to wait just 10-15 mins (not too bad for a weekend) to enter into the parking area. Flowers were stunning!! Attached some of the photos. (DUSA Note the trail may not be open on Mon & Tues)

 


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