Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 16, 2018

Hungry Valley/ Tejon Pass Wildflowers 5/13/18

Hungry Valley OHV has a new wildflower report for 5/13/18

There are still some scattered poppies throughout the park, especially in the grasslands area and near Edison Campground. The grasslands Wildflower Loop is still worth the drive, though the wildflowers are fading and are mostly congregated in the one area along Powerline between Stipa and Condor trails.

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. There is a safe parking area past the flowers at the top of the hill by the straw bales. Also, please remember that all plants (and animals) are protected at Hungry Valley, so don’t pick any wildflowers!

Some of the best wildflowers can be seen by driving along the main roads of the park. The purple lupine and yellow sunflower-like balsam root are blooming along Spaghetti Pass and giving some color to the arid landscape. The scarlet bugler near the entrance of Smith Forks is adding a bright red splash to the area.

There is a nice display of a wide variety of wildflowers down in the Yucca Flats area between Aliklik Campground and Lane Ranch Campground. Wander around this area for some amazing photo opportunities. The Mariposa lily was spotted this week blooming in the Yucca Flats area. The beavertail cactus is also in full bloom in many areas of the park. The tall, stately prickly poppy can also be seen in a few areas; look for the big flower that looks like a fried egg!

Some of the most spectacular flowers are on the yucca plant! There are still plenty of yucca budding, so the blooms will continue for another few weeks. Some of the larger bushes are also in bloom around the park; look for the pale purple flowers on the yerba santa and the white flowers on the elderberry bushes.

Though many of the flowers are fading, there are still plenty to see! Come on out to Hungry Valley today and treat your mother to some Mother’s Day flowers on your drive. Please remember that the flowers are protected, but you can have some great photo opps with Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!

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.

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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