Wildflowers at Hungry Valley
Hungry Valley Wildflower Report - May 20 2018
Even though many of the annuals are starting to fade, there are several new flowers blooming that were seen this week! Morning glories, Fremont’s bushmallow, and nightshade bushes have started to bloom in the grasslands area. There’s also a bright yellow hillside of golden yarrow along Powerline at Badger. There is still a nice variety of blooms on the Wildflower Loop along Powerline between Stipa and Condor such as fiddleneck, California primrose, and Fremont pincushion. The desert dandelion and chia are also making a showing, too.
Many of these are two-wheel drive dirt roads, however, you may need high clearance. The roads are narrow, so take advantage of turnouts to allow traffic to pass. Please do not park on any vegetation or block the roads while viewing the flowers. Also, please remember that all plants (and animals) are protected at Hungry Valley, so don’t pick any wildflowers!
Another new flower seen just this week are the sunflowers along Spaghetti Pass. Other favorites are continuing their bloom such as the yucca, lupine, and poppies (on warm days) while the scarlet bugler and paintbrush continue to add a dash of red to the landscape.
Though the flowers are sparse, there is still an incredible variety blooming at the yucca flats area between Lane Ranch Campground and Aliklik Campground. Some larkspurs were spotted there recently, and the yucca are continuing to sprout new buds. This is also a great place to see the beavertail cactus blooming. Wander around this area for some amazing photo opportunities.
Some of the larger bushes are also in bloom around the park; look for the pale purple flowers on the yerba santa, the bright yellow goldenbush, and the white flowers on the elderberry bushes. Though many of the flowers are fading, there are still plenty to see. Plan your visit to Hungry Valley now!
Download the wildflower map for the self-guided tour, or you can go by the entrance station and pick up a wildflower map along with a wildflower guide. Just ask! Please remember that there is a $5 entrance fee for the park.
The warm weather that is bringing out the flowers is also bringing out the snakes. Rattlesnakes are venomous and dangerous, but rarely deadly. Though not normally aggressive, they will defend themselves if they feel threatened. Please use caution while hiking through the grassy areas looking for flowers, and watch where you are walking.
Wildflowers at Hungry Valley
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.