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Wildflowers at Hungry Valley

Hungry Valley Wildflower Report April 6, 2014

Wildflower Photo - Davey's GiliaThe Native Grasslands area hold a few scattered poppies, as well as Lupine, but right now, if you really want to see something spectacular, get to the west boundary of Hungry Valley.  There are more Tidy Tips than I have ever seen, along with tons of Grape Soda Lupine (So fragrant!) and Davy’s Gilia.  You’ll also see Fiddlenecks, Fremont’s Pincushion, Indian Paintbrush, Desert Primrose, Golden Mariposa Lily, and more.   This is prime season for these sparkling gems, and they’ll be gone before you know it, so come on up to Hungry Valley. 

Best days for viewing are Monday-Thursday, as OHV traffic is light on those days.  To get here, come to Gorman, follow the signs to Hungry Valley, North Entrance.  Ask for your free Wildflower Guide, then follow Gold Hill Road about 4.5 miles to the stop sign, turn right and follow on out Gold Hill Road to the west boundary of Hungry Valley to the parking area at the entrance to Los Padres National Forest.  Park and walk from here; or, if you have 4 wheel drive, turn right on to Schmidt Ranch trail and make a loop following Cougar to Roadrunner and back to Schmidt Ranch.  Park only in wide areas along the trail and tread very carefully to avoid sensitive areas. 

For more information and a map of the park, see the Hungry Valley SVRA Map web page.  If you want to make a day of it, follow Schmidt Ranch to Maxey Road, park at the entrance to the Oak Woodland Natural Preserve and take a 10 minute hike and picnic beneath the Oak canopy.  You’ll see more wildflowers, animal tracks and Oaks that measure 21 feet circumference.  Be sure to pack out everything you pack in, and leave this pristine area as beautiful as you found it. [4/7/14]

Wildflower Photo - Lupine

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.

Wildflower Update Hotlines

 Southern California Wildflower Hotline 818-768-3533, a service of the Theodore Payne Foundation.

 Kern County Wildflower Hotline 800-500-KERN (5376), providing the latest bloom information for the southern San Joaquin Valley and Tehachapi Mountains.