Southern California Wildflower Reports
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2017 Southern California Wildflower Reports - Page 3
March 20, 2017 Loretta reports: Had a great day exploring the super bloom yesterday...thought I'd share some shots. All of these were taken at Lake Elsinore.
March 20, 2017 Meir reports: DESERT LILY SANCTUARY - HWY 177 NORTH OF DESERT CENTER
March 19, 2017 Katie reports: Antelope valley -
I saw this today March 18, Gorman Post Road, as well as a side canyon
on Muntz Road which is where this picture was taken.
March 18, 2017 Abe M reports: Location: Antelope Canyon Poppy Reserve
March 17, 2017
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: The poppy bloom has begun! Patches of orange are now visible from miles away!
We're not expecting the whole park to be carpeted with orange due to the winter rains starting late, but we got enough rain to make a lot of the desert wildflowers happy! The Joshua trees are blooming in front of the visitor center (and all over the valley), the grape soda lupine is in full bloom at the top of Tehachapi Vista Point, and the lacy phacelia is blooming on Kitanemuk Vista Point. Most of the poppy bloom is along the south-facing slopes on the east half of the park; more will be blooming in the next week or so in other areas of the park.
The bloom will likely last at least through mid April; rain is predicted next week which will help extend the season. This weekend will be pleasant temperatures but windy (which is typical in the desert). Please remember: no picking flowers; stay on official trails; no dogs, drones or bikes; and be careful driving on Lancaster Road!
March 16, 2017 Tomoe reports: Went to Diamond Valley Lake on 3/11(sat). CA poppy, Canterbury Bells, Chia, Lupine, Goldfield, Baby Blue Eyes, etc. Burst of colors! Absolutely beautiful everywhere!!! (some trails closed on Monday and Tuesday.)
March 16, 2017 Kathy reports: Point Mugu State Park I went out , 3/14 to enjoy carpets of Parry's Phacelia and poppy on the northern end of Sycamore Canyon at Pt Mugu State Park where the Spring Fire came through a few years ago. Numerous other species like Wishbone Bush, Bluedick, Fiddleneck, Stinging Lupine, Bush Sunflower and Canyon Sunflower.
March 15, 2017 Cami reports: I have attached 2 photos that I took (3/13) at Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore along the 15 freeway off of the Lake Street exit.
March 15, 2017 Ross reports: East side of 15 in around Lake Elsinore March 13,
March 14, 2017 Wesley reports: Stopped at several sites on the way to Los Angeles this weekend (3/11, 3/12), and the desert was green from Phoenix to Palm Springs. Many of the California sites have been covered well by others. I will say:
The edge of Ford Dry Lake has evening primrose, sand verbena and desert lilies.
Joshua Tree is getting better south of the Cottonwood Visitors Center (I'd put it at about a 7 or 8, but you need to drive further in than just the Bajada Trail).
Diamond Valley Lake was off-the-charts amazing on the Flower Trail--thick and diverse, and opportunities abound to get those combination blooming desert with snowcapped mountains shots. None of my guides mentioned this site, so thanks to those who posted about it.
The Walker Canyon site I'd say is a bit overrated, but possibly more due to congestion (worst I've ever seen for a bloom site due to its proximity to I-15) and the habits of the humans visiting there--I saw far too many people making their own trails, trampling, rolling around in and even picking handfuls of poppies. The flowers are fine, but they sure won't last if this keeps up.
March 14, 2017 Bob Reports: Soboba Road Flowers - Mileage was 1.8 south of Gilman Springs Road just beyond the Soboba Flight Park hang gliding center. The hillsides along Gilman Springs Road, route 79 near Gilman Springs Road, and Soboba Road all have tons of flowers on them, blue Canterbury Bells in particular. Appx. GPS
March 13, 2017 Rena Reports: The area east of Arvin, California driving along CA-223 towards CA-58 Highway is still blooming beautifully. These photos were taken on 3/13/17.
March 13, 2017 Mel Reports: These photos were taken at the Santa Rosa Plateau, and in a large poppy field off Clinto Keith Road on the east side of I 15.
March 13, 2017 Jonathan Reports: Chino Hills State Park- These photos were taken on 3/11/17 at the end of the Raptor Ridge Trail, 2 miles from the visitor's center. I have never previously seen such striking purple and orange display. Back by the rolling hills and cool by gentle winds made us feel like in paradise. Thanks to the rains that brought this priceless enjoyment.
March 13, 2017 Kim Reports: Goat trail - hiking in Palm Springs
March 13, 2017 Bob Reports: Diamond Valley Lake proper, and the Flower Trail and circum-lake trail are CLOSED Mondays and Tuesdays!. The 6 mile east-west North Hills trail is open and has some flowers, but the high density ones seen in photos are not visible from this trail. We found a good alternative nearby: Soboba Road on the northeast side just south of the hot springs. From San Jacinto, take Main St east out of town across the arroyo to where it ends at a T junction. Go left past colored hills and a golf course. In about a mile, there's a long stretch of small yellow flowers by the shoulder. Park there or just beyond and walk to the yellow, orange and blue patch ahead on the slope. It's poppies mixed with Canterbury Bells and much more.
March 13, 2017 Jeff Reports: Took a ride out to Carrizo Plain , 3-12-2017 ,shot these photos in the morning. Wildflowers are just starting to bloom, Iam thinking week or two wildflowers should be good ! Not sure if it will be super bloom, but lets hope so !
March 13, 2017 Sam Reports: I was in Point Mugu State Park over the weekend, and the flowers were beautiful! This was on 3/11/17, around 11am in La Jolla Canyon.
March 12, 2017 David Reports: Figueroa Mountain March 10th. There are a limited number of poppies at "the wall". It looks as though grasses have won out. The lupine has some potential. The mountain seems to be drying out fast. It's pretty, but not outstanding as other years.
March 12, 2017 Cheri Reports: March 10 at Diamond Valley Lake. The poppies and Canterbury bells, among many others were spectacular along Lakeview Trail and the Wildflower Loop, which is open now. Closed Monday and Tuesday
March 11, 2017 Tony Reports: Spent the past couple days at Diamond Valley Lake. Trails are easy hikes for young and old. Late morning to afternoon can be very hot as there's no shade. Either way a beautiful sight.
March 10, 2017 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve Reports: As of March 9th, the first poppies have started to bloom on Antelope Butte Vista Point trail! There are many poppy plants with buds about to open, and they're even all over the trail. However... it's a bit of a hike to get to it, and is not recommended for those with walking limitations. An easier spot to access where poppies should be blooming in the next week or so is at the top of Tehachapi Vista Point trail, where there are also a lot of poppy plants growing (not as much as Antelope Butte Vista Point trail, but still a good amount). The grape soda lupine is also starting to bloom up there.
The hills are still mostly green. Other flowers such as wild parsley, grape soda lupine, and slender keel fruit are popping up. Because the rains started late and then came on heavily, it wasn’t the optimal precipitation pattern for poppies so we’re expecting a moderate poppy bloom at best, possibly lasting through mid-April. Note that it can be very windy here in the spring. Check the forecast before visiting and dress accordingly.
March 10, 2017 BLM Reports: Little San Bernardino Mountains - Desert poppies, Arizona Lupine, and Sand Blazing Star at the base of the Little San Bernardino Mtns! Photos bu T Albrecht, BLM
March 10, 2017 Xintao Reports: Poppy flowers in Walker Canyon on March 8.
March 10, 2017 Susan Reports: These images were taken today, March 9, at Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet,A local photographer said he has been coming here for the past 20 years and this is the best display of wildflowers he has seen here. It appears to be at peak, and the photographer says it should be this way for at least a week.
March 10, 2017 Chino Hills State Park & Discovery Center Reports: At Chino Hills State Park, our wildflower fields are becoming increasingly damaged by visitors climbing the hillsides off the designated trails. If visitors continue to go off trails to hike through the flower fields, there will not be any wildflowers in the future. Help us prevent this from happening by staying on trails. The following photo is the result of this off-trail activity. DO NOT GO OFF THE MARKED TRAIL AT CHINO HILLS STATE PARK.
March 9, 2017 Dave Reports: 03/08 Took the advice of previous posters and went to Chino Hills State Park. There are some nice displays far up on the hillsides, but the obvious unofficial trails to these locations now have signs posted asking the public not to use them to avoid trampling the vegetation. If you want to see the flowers or take photos up close, you are out of luck. There are a few by the road, and maybe further out on some of the regular trails. I took some photos with a short telephoto:
March 9, 2017 Pat Reports: Taken in Chino Hills State Park yesterday, Tue, March 7th, 2017. After passing the bridge of the paved road, we went straight up to this patch of flowers.
March 9, 2017 Jade Reports: Photo taken Sunday March 5 in the Mojave: Ord Mountain Road, about 2 miles east of 247. Not sure what these are (davy gilia?)but very localized along a road. OHV traffic has turned up the soil here and made some conditions optimal for a bit of early bloom. As far as a report, I thin this sums it up: Mojave west-facing slopes away from San Bernardino rain shadow are lush with lots of buds and poised for an explosion of color in a couple weeks. Ord, Sidewinder, and Rodman mountains looking quite promising.
March 9, 2017 Pauline Reports: March 8 at Walker Canyon road, Lake Elsinore
March 8, 2017 June Reports: Walker Canyon Temescal Mountains, in Riverside County, California on 3/4, around 4pm.
March 8, 2017 Jim Reports: Oak Canyon Trail in Mission Trails Regional Park (San Diego) has amazing hillsides full of California Poppies and ceanothus. Between the two waterfalls is where the majority of blooms can be found.
March 8, 2017 Laurel Reports: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve (between La Jolla and Del Mar/north of San Diego)
Date: Monday, March 6, 2017 About a dozen varieties of wildflowers are in bloom along the Guy Fleming Trail in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. While hiking the easy 2/3 mile loop trail above the Pacific coastline yesterday, I saw purple phacelia and sand verbena; yellow California bush sunflower and sea dahlia; and orange Indian paintbrush and poppies (our state flower). The wildflower bloom is predicted to last there until the end of March.
Many of the trails are closed for a couple more weeks while FEMA funds are being used to repair erosion from recent heavy rains. Guy Fleming, Parry Grove, and the south fork of the Broken Hill Trail remain open. Day use fees are $12 weekdays; $15 weekends (per vehicle). Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and State Beach are located between La Jolla and Del Mar at 12600 N. Torrey Pines Road, SD 92037. Photos by Laurel Moore
March 7, 2017 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve Reports: Things are starting to look up! We're likely not going to see a single carpet of poppies, but there are a couple big areas with lots of plants that are about to start blooming in the next week or so!
Lower Antelope Butte Vista Point trail has so many poppy plants, they're even all over the trail. However... it's a bit of a hike to get to it and is not recommended for those with walking limitations.
An easier spot to access is at the top of Tehachapi Vista Point trail, where there are also a lot of poppy plants growing (not as much as Antelope Butte Vista Point trail, but still a good amount). The grape soda lupine is also starting to bloom up there.
Don't worry about stepping on poppies if they're growing on the official trails; it can't be avoided in some places. However, remember that going off of the trails to walk in the poppies could get you a ticket!
Rain is forecast for tomorrow, and it can be very windy here in the spring. Check the forecast before visiting and dress accordingly.
March 6, 2017 Jim Reports: Santa Monica Mountains Date: 3/4/17 Site: Charmlee Wilderness Park Lots of greenery here. The shooting stars seemed to have just peaked, as many are producing seed pods. A good patch of stinging lupine was present just opposite the drive entrance. Several areas of hummingbird sage and prickly phlox, blue dicks, everlasting, night shade and other ground dwellers. Along the PCH between Pt. Mugu and Malibu, the hills are alive with giant coreopsis.
March 6, 2017 Jan Reports: 3-4-17 Chino Hills State Pk. about half way thru the park, taken from from the road.
Most of the flowers are towards the end of the park and need to be hiked to.
March 6, 2017 Eric Reports: Took these pictures yesterday March 4th in Point Mugu State Park. The first is a Chocolate Lilly.
March 6, 2017 James Reports: Hwy 223 out of Arvin is finally starting to bloom. Poppies and "grape soda" lupine on south-facing slopes and ditches at lower elevations. The usual fiddleneck and popcorn flower coming in the usual abundance in the flats. So far, grasses have not overgrown the more flowers.
March 4, 2017 Irene Reports: Amazing poppy blooming at Walker Canyon near Lake Elsinore. Exit at Lake St on hwy15. Follow the Walker Canyon road, you will soon find the spot. Walk deeper into the canyon you will find tons of flowers in patches, many of them very dense and just by the trail. But be careful since trails are not well marked. Make sure to go when the sunshine is strong to see these poppies fully open.
March 4, 2017 Photjack Reports: Taken Wed March 1st at Chino Hills State Park. Use caution, to get anywhere near these flowers required climbing in some very steep and exposed terrain. Besides the poppies, the other 2 primary flowers were Phacelia and Blue Dicks.
March 4, 2017 Becca Reports: Went hiking yesterday in Westlake Village and was excited to come across this already! I believe the open space will be covered in then in a week or two but yesterday these were Triunfo Creek Park near the reservoir.
March 4, 2017 Don Reports: Art Smith Trail, Palm Desert, March 3, 2017
March 4, 2017 Jim Reports: Took a drive from US 101 east on highway 58 on 3/2 all the way to Carrizo Plains. Very green, but not to many wildflowers yet. Frost on the ground at Carrizo Plains. Shell Creek Road not blooming yet. A few patches of early color along Highway 58, including this field of shooting star and goldfields (#1 & #2), and this patch of goldfields and oaks (#3). But still too early. Maybe mid- to end of March.
March 3, 2017 Carrizo Plain National Monument reports: The anticipated peak bloom times are mid-late March but with the high amount of rain we've received this season, it'll be very green and blooms may continue into April.
March 1, 2017 Dan reports: Chino Hills State Park
March 1, 2017 Jennifer reports: We went hiking on the bajada east of Hayfield water pumping station just inside the park boundary on Saturday Feb 25. We saw lots of buds. The best bloomers we saw were Golden Poppies and Lupine.
Feb 28, 2017 James reports: Lupine ..blue dick...poppy..all over mountain side at Dimond valley lake marina.. ,Riverside,ca. 2/26/2017
Feb 28, 2017 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of February 28th, the hills are green and the grape soda lupine, slender keel fruit and filaree have started to bloom. The first buds have been seen on the poppy plants, so our first poppies should begin blooming in a couple weeks. Because the rains started late and then came on heavily, it wasn’t the optimal precipitation pattern for poppies so we’re expecting a moderate poppy bloom at best, possibly lasting through mid-April.
Feb 27, 2017 Robin reports: Santa Rosa Plateau - Feb 25, 2017 The plateau is very green still. Flowers are present, but not plentiful. From the Vernal Pool trailhead, I did a short afternoon loop along the Trans-Preserve Trail, Ranch Rd, Adobes, and the Vernal Pool trail. Blooms spotted included chocolate lilies, milk maids, buttercups, shooting stars, blue dicks, ground pink, and a few others I could not identify.
Feb 26, 2017 Meredith reports: Just outside Solvang, Ca.
Feb 22, 2017 Carla reports: Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve 2/21/7
Feb 22, 2017 David reports: Walker Canyon, 2/22 off I-15 near Lake Elsinore. The spectacular showing of several years ago along the nearby El Toro Road has not materialized yet.
Feb 22, 2017 Don reports: Chino Hills State Park, California 2-16-2017
Feb 22, 2017 Donald reports: CA-111 leading into Palm Springs, February 19, 2017
Feb 18, 2017 Donald reports: Tahquitz Canyon Trail to Tahquitz Falls, Palm Springs. Some from Cathedral City vacant lot.
Feb 18, 2017 Inga reports: Red Rock Canyon State Park Red Rooster Area.
Feb 18, 2017 James reports: Shooting star at vernal pools trail at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve 02/15/2017
Feb 17, 2017 Victoria reports: Chino Hills State Park. There are quite a few patches of blooming poppy, Beautiful! From Chino Hill gate, go along the paved road, when you see the 2 hydro towers, walk up toward the two hydro towers on the right hand side, when you walk up the hill, turn left towards the hydro tower, continue to go, until you see a bush of trees on the left side, then walk through it and you will see the blooming flowers down the hills.
Feb 17, 2017 DUSA reports: Carrizo Plain National Monument has received a good amount of rain this year and that should result in a good wildflower season. Look for wildflowers in early March, we will update when we get some more reports in the next few weeks.
Feb 15, 2017 Cnpix reports: California wild Poppies in Lake Elsinore on the north side of Railroad Canyon Rd, picture taken on February 13, 2017.
Feb 14, 2017 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of February 13th, the hills are greening up but no flower buds have been seen yet. Because the rains started late and then came on heavily, it wasn’t the optimal precipitation pattern for poppies so we’re expecting a moderate poppy bloom. Their shallower roots from late germination will also be more vulnerable to late freezes and early heat waves. However, we might be getting a good show of some rarely seen flowers that need heavy rains. If all goes well, we can expect the bloom to start in early to mid-March and last until mid-April or later.
Feb 9, 2017 Cnpix reports: Wildflowers just starting to show in the back country roads of San Diego county.
Feb 7, 2017 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: The recent rains have started to green up the hills with tiny wildflower sprouts, but its too early to determine if and when we will have a good bloom this year. They started late, so they're vulnerable to freezes or early heat waves. We are currently seeing a lot of grasses and filaree and not very many poppies, but new sprouts are coming up every day! If all goes well, we can expect the bloom to start in early to mid-March, and last until mid-April or so, depending on the season's weather.
Jan 30, 2017 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of January 30th the recent rains have started to green up the hills with tiny wildflower sprouts, but it is too early to determine what the bloom will be like this year. We have reached the minimum amount of rain the poppies need, but there are many other factors that can still affect them such as late freezes or early heat waves. If all goes well, we expect the bloom to start in early to mid-March and last until mid-April or later.
Jan 24, 2017 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: We've reached the minimum of 7 inches of rain that we need to POSSIBLY have a good bloom this year! However... after so many years of drought, the rain is percolating down deep into the soil and out of reach of plant roots. We'll still be vulnerable to a brief season like last year if it warms up early and the rains don't come frequent enough to sustain the bloom. The hills are getting a green hue to them but no flowers showing yet.
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.
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