Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 23, 2018

Hungry Valley/ Tejon Pass Wildflowers 4/22/18

Hungry Valley OHV has a new wildflower report for 4/22/18

Make your plans now for a trip to Hungry Valley if you want to see the poppies in full bloom along Tejon Pass! The parking lot at Fort Tejon State Historic Park is a safe place to view them. While you are there, you can visit the historic fort and learn about our local history!

Hungry Valley Wildflower Viewing Areas are open and the signs are up! There are some remarkable blooms along these loops and I encourage you to come out and take a drive soon. These are two-wheel drive dirt roads, but you will need high clearance. These 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, all plants (and animals) are protected at Hungry Valley, so please do not pick any wildflowers.

Download the wildflower map from our website 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.

On the Wheatfield Trail Loop, along Powerline Road, there is a spectacular hillside with a wide variety of wildflowers and a safe parking spot just past the flowers. Please watch for OHVs on these roads and feel free to honk your horn at blind corners to warn oncoming traffic. Driving with your windows down, and radio off, will help you hear other vehicles.

The Stipa Trail Loop has another outstanding hillside of wildflowers located on Powerline Road between Condor and Stipa. There is safe parking area past the flowers at the top of the hill. The two hillsides are sporting a wide variety of different blooms on each, so try to visit each area.

In the main part of the park, there are scattered poppies blooming near Edison Campground and lupines flowering along Spaghetti Pass. The yucca flat area of the park between Aliklik Campground and Lane Ranch Campground has a nice mix of wildflowers, too.

The weather is beautiful, the wildflowers are out, and it is time for a visit to Hungry Valley SVRA! The hills have already begun turning brown in some areas, so the wildflower season may be short while intensely vivid.

Please remember that the warm weather that is bringing out the flowers is also bringing out the rattlesnakes. 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.

 

 

 


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