Hungry Valley Wildflower Report March 15, 2015
Warm weather has brought the wildflowers out early this year at Hungry Valley SVRA. We are already experiencing splashes of color in the park and on the surrounding hillsides. Entering the park at the north entrance off of Peace Valley Road will take you past slopes of golden yarrow. A short way into the park the lupines begin to dot the hills with purple, and baby blue-eyes can be spotted along the roadside. The coreopsis, fiddleneck, bladderpods, and goldfields add more yellow to the mix as you drive farther into the park. If you look closely, you may be able to spot some Indian paintbrush and scarlet bugler for a few touches of red, but they are few and far between right now. Turning left onto Hungry Valley Road from Gold Hill Road will take you past the Practice Track, which is surrounded by goldfields. Continuing toward the south entrance of the park, the blue dicks are blooming near Aliklik Campground.
If you exit the south entrance to the park and turn north on the frontage road and parallel Interstate 5, you will be able to see the Joshua trees blooming in its most westerly range. Further north, the fields have large patches of purple from the phacelia. More lupine are on the slopes and poppies are showing up on both sides of the freeway. Many flowers are just starting, so there should be a lot more to report next week. If the weather continues to be warm, it may be a short season, so come out soon and enjoy the wildflowers! [3/16/15]
Wildflowers at Hungry Valley
The wildflowers of Tejon Pass are world renown for their color and abundance. In spring, California Poppies, Goldfields, Lupine, Tidy Tips and other flowers turn the grassy hillsides brilliant shades of orange, yellow and purple. During wildflower season, Hungry Valley SVRA has a self-guided tour route that begins at the Visitor Center and is marked by distinctive blue and white flower signs. (Download the PDF version of the wildflower tour map
The park annually publishes an informative guide to the native wildflowers of the Tejon Pass. This year, the park is offering self-guided tours. The wildflower brochure, along with a map and directions, are available at the entrance kiosk.
For an update on the most current flower conditions, wildflower enthusiasts are encouraged to call the numbers listed below, the district office at (661) 248-7007 or to check this webpage before visiting the park. Admission to the park is $5.