Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 7, 2018

Hungry Valley/ Tejon Pass Wildflowers 5/6/18

Hungry Valley OHV has a new wildflower report for 5/6/18

The weather is beautiful, the wildflowers are out, and it is time for a visit to Hungry Valley SVRA! The poppies are still creating quite a show! The Gorman Hills and Tejon Pass have large splashes of color across the hillsides. Fort Tejon SHP parking lot is a safe place to view the wildflowers, or take a short drive up Digier Road for more viewing areas. While you are there, check out the fort for some local history.

The Hungry Valley Wildflower Viewing Areas are open; just ask for a map and follow the directional wildflower signs. The poppies are blooming along Wheatfield Trail, as well as in the grasslands in the valleys. The grasslands Wildflower Loop still has an impressive display with a wide variety of wildflowers along Powerline, between Condor and Stipa. There is a safe parking area past the flowers at the top of the hill by the straw bales.

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.

These are two-wheel drive dirt roads, but you may 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.

Head to the southern end of the park for a nice display of the yuccas beginning to bloom, as well as some of the beavertail cactus. Wander around the yucca flats area between Aliklik and Lane Ranch for a scattered variety of flowers.

Weather is predicted to be in the 80s next weekend so the poppies should be out in full force! There are still some buds on the poppies this weekend; we watched some pop out of their covering!

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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