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Wildflowers at Hungry Valley

Hungry Valley Wildflower Report - April 23, 2017

A few more poppies are being seen, but in some areas the grass is getting so tall it is hard to see the flowers. Look for them in the grasslands near the north entrance and along the freeway frontage road between Gorman and Quail Lake Road to see some of the best displays so far.
 
Heading into the park from the north will take you past some nice bush lupine and the sunflower-looking balsam root. The fiddleneck flowers that have faded in the grasslands have taken over much of the valley floor, adding their golden hue to the yellow landscape. The desert primrose is beginning to make an appearance and are easy to identify from the big white flowers.
 
The purple sage is in full bloom along the S curves near Smith Forks and on the road toward Piru Creek and a lot of scarlet buglers are being seen. More and more of the yucca are blooming and are starting to put on a show between Aliklik and Lane Ranch campgrounds.
 
Come out for the last Red Sticker week to get your rides in, and enjoy the wildflowers while you are here!

Hungry Valley Wildflower Report - April 16 2017

fiddleneck photoSpring has sprung and the park is awash in yellow blooms throughout the valley. Poppies are popping up in the grasslands, but are mostly scattered individual plants.
 
The bush lupine is showy along Spaghetti Pass and there is a nice patch of the purple phacelia as you drop into the valley. Baby blues eyes and filaree can still be found in areas, but the fiddlenecks are fading fast.
 
The bright yellow valley sunflowers near Sterling Campground are eye-catching and the paintbrush is beginning to add some red splotches to the landscape along with the scarlet bugler. The yuccas are starting to bloom in the south end of the park and are worth a gander.
 
The warm weather has brought out the snakes. Though rattlesnakes are rarely deadly, they are dangerous and should be avoided; they will defend themselves if they feel threatened. Please remember to watch for snakes as you are looking at the wildflowers.

 

Hungry Valley Wildflower Report - April 9 2017

Yucca bud photoThe variety of flowers blooming inside the park has increased in the last week. While the poppies are still scarce, there are large pinkish orange swatches in the grasslands and around the park that may look like poppies in the distance. Look closely and you will see that it is the stems of the miner’s lettuce casting the orange hue; the flowers themselves are quite small and white. Patches of purple phacelia, with an occasional white morph, are still blooming in the grasslands.

As you enter the park from the north, several varieties of lupine are visible with varying shades of purple mixed among the pinkish filaree and the yellow silver puffs along Spaghetti Pass. There is a lot of yellow throughout the park with the bladderpod, golden bush and goldfields still in bloom and a nice bright patch of valley sunflowers near Sterling Campground. The red maids are showy and randomly scattered through the park; look for the bright pink.

The purple sage has started blooming near the S curve approaching Smith Forks. Further south, there are still tidy tips among the goldfields. Wild rhubarb is near the road by Lane Ranch Campground and the yucca is budding out dramatically. The valley oaks are blooming near the south entrance. Between the south entrance and the freeway are some white lupines and chia blooming on the hillsides.

Please remember that the warm weather is bringing out the snakes, so watch where you are walking. Come out for a ride and enjoy the wildflowers while you are here!

Red Maids photo Valley Oak photo

 

Hungry Valley Wildflower Report - April 2, 2017

Gold Fields PhotoThe California poppies are barely starting at Hungry Valley with just a few random plants here and there, but are in full bloom at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster. Tejon Pass is continuing to color up with large swatches of yellow and purple on the hillsides.
 
Within the park, the grasslands are beginning to show some color with small patches of baby blue eyes and lupine. The phacelia is still impressive along Spaghetti Pass, behind Sterling Campground and in Redtail Canyon with large purple areas quite visible from a distance.
 
In the south, the yuccas are beginning to sprout and should be quite showy in a few weeks. Indian paintbrush is also just starting to bloom, so watch for the red-tipped bushes as you explore.
 
The goldenbush and bladderpod are adding yellow splotches all over most of the park and there are still a lot of goldfields throughout the park, but the patch near the south entrance glows in the distance.
 
Please remember that the warm weather that brings out the flowers also brings out the rattlesnakes, so watch where you walk. As the grass gets taller, the rattlesnakes are especially hard to see, so please use caution when walking through tall, thick grass.

Photo by K. Nolan

Hungry Valley Wildflower Report - March 26, 2017

The grasslands are slow to show bright color yet, but the deep golden-hued fiddleneck and the pinkish filaree are in abundance.
 
Though just starting in the valley, the flowers are beginning to get showy with purple patches of phacelia found behind Sterling Campground and north of Circle Campground; 4WD recommended to access these sites, though they are visible from Gold Hill Road if you are northbound.
 
The goldfields have exploded in many areas of the park, but are especially eye-catching at the practice track. The white daisy-like tidy tips are blooming between Aliklik and Lane Ranch Campgrounds among the goldfields. Further south, the blue dicks are starting to open on their long, slender stems.
 
Come out and play; and while you are here, enjoy the wildflowers!

Hungry Valley Wildflower Report - March 19, 2017

Bladderpod Photo

Flowers in the park are barely starting, but enjoy the view as you drive to the park with the splashes of yellow coreopsis and fiddleneck in Tejon Pass. Poppies are scarce here, right now, but are reported to be showing color along Highway 138 toward the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster.

Within the park, the area around Meadows trail has a light pinkish purple groundcover of filaree, and goldfields and golden bush are starting to show in places along Schmidt Ranch road. The manzanita bushes are covered with pinkish white blossoms along the Oak Grove hiking trail.

Take a drive along the frontage road between Smokey Bear Rd and Gorman to see Joshua trees in bloom. Further north are patches of pale purple phacelia among the yellow valley sunflowers and fiddleneck. The white flowers of the wild cucumber vine sprawl in spots and glow in the morning light.

Also, along the frontage road are bladderpod bushes, showy with their yellow blossoms, and the bush lupine is starting to bloom with their fragrant deep purple flowers.

Please remember that the warm weather that brings out the flowers also brings out the snakes; walk carefully to avoid stepping on flowers, and snakes! Though rattlesnakes are dangerous, they are rarely deadly; however, please keep your distance and let them go on their way.

The flowers should really be popping out over the next few weeks so plan your trip to Hungry Valley now!
Joshua tree bloom photo Valley sunflower photo  Manzanita photo

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.)

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.