Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 16, 2018

Hungry Valley/ Gorman Wildflowers 4/15/18

Hungry Valley OHV has a new wildflower report for 4/15/18

The warm weather is bringing out the wildflowers! The Gorman Hills are showing patches of orange from the poppies blooming and yellow splotches from the coreopsis and goldfields. Purple patches of lupine and globe gilia are beginning to show, too. The next few weeks should be spectacular, so watch the weather and start thinking about a trip this way.

The park is starting to bloom also and it is well worth a drive through the park this coming weekend, so come on up! The weather is predicted to be in the 70s over the weekend, with another cold spell possibly bringing snow and rain between now and then!

The roadsides are showing an abundance of yellow with the bladderpod and the goldenbush blooming throughout the park. If you come into the park from the Smokey Bear entrance, there’s a large showing of goldfields in the southern end of the park near the South Kiosk, and in the yucca flats area between Lane Ranch Campground and Aliklik Campground. Tidy tips, fiddleneck, and blazing stars are in full bloom in this area, too. Yucca buds are starting to come up at the yucca flats area, and a wide variety of other flowers are also starting to show. If you look closely, you can see the red stalks of the scarlet bugler and the Indian paintbrush, both adding a nice red contrast to the yellow and white flowers blooming in this area.

As you leave the south end of the park heading towards the North Entrance, look for the purple sage blooming along the S curves. Further north, the poppies are blooming near Edison Campground and the bush lupine are showing their purple flowers along Spaghetti Pass. You may want to continue your trip along Gorman Post Road to see the Gorman Hills starting to show their beautiful mosaic of colorful wildflowers.

Please remember that the warm weather that is bringing out the flowers is also bringing out the rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes are dangerous (though they are rarely deadly) so please use caution while hiking through the grassy areas looking for flowers, and watch where you are walking.

A wildflower map for a self-guided tour through the grasslands is available for downloading, or ask for one at the kiosk; the directional signs are being installed on Friday. Please do not park on any vegetation or block the roads while viewing the wildflowers.  (Download the PDF version of the wildflower tour map.)

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.



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