Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 16, 2018

Hungry Valley Wildflowers 4/20/19

Hungry Valley OHV has a new wildflower report for 4/20/19

With the warmer spring weather, we’re seeing continued bloom in many of the wildflower species, but also some drying and fading out in others. We look forward to seeing the late spring blooming flower varieties in May and early June.

The hillside near the north entrance has wild parsley and pygmy lupine showing their lacy flowers, and baby blue eyes continue to bloom along Spaghetti Pass. There is a turnout where Gorman Trail starts if you want to stop and admire the display of baby blues eyes on the other side of Gold Hill Road. There are also baby blue eyes among the grasses along Stipa Trail in the grasslands.

The park has yellow hillsides of coreopsis and goldfields on both sides of the valley. Poppies are scattered throughout the park, with a large display of poppies and coreopsis blooming along Powerline Road east of Saltlick Trail. There is also a solid patch of poppies showing on the hillside west of the Freeman Canyon Trail off of Hungry Valley Road.

Some of the densest blooms, as well as a wide variety of flowers, are along Schmidt Ranch Road. Near the junction of Maxey Road, look for the purple chia, rock cress, bush lupine, and blue dicks, as well as the red tips on the paintbrush. A large eye-catching display of goldfields and white tidy tips are blooming between Jack Rabbit Trail and Cougar Trail, and look close to see a small patch of white Parry’s gilia in the mix of flowers. The goldfields team up the Davy’s gilia to create a yellow and purple landscape between the shrubs along the south end of Schmidt Ranch Road and Gold Hill Road. (Please remember that vehicles must be street legal to be on Gold Hill Road.)

Worth seeing in bloom now are the purple sage between Lower Scrub Campground and Smith Forks Campground (where the road turns sharply) with their bright purple whorls.

The yucca area between Aliklik and Lane Ranch Campgrounds has several buds that are beginning to show their pink stalks above the yucca’s spiky leaves. If you wander through the yuccas, there is a nice mix of flowers blooming there. Look close and you may find the rock cress among the shrubs. The white daisy-like tidy tips and the tiny goldfields are also blooming in the area.

The goldenbush and the bladderpod bushes are brightening up the park with their cheerful yellow blossoms, and there is a showy display of coreopsis and monolopia behind Circle Canyon Campground.

If you come in from the south entrance, there are blue dicks blooming on the north side of the road as you leave the South Grove oaks. There is parking near the South Grove sign if you want to walk back and see these flowers up close, as well as an impressive display of goldfields near the oaks. Notice how lovely the valley oak and cottonwood trees look with their new bright green leaves.

The Gorman Hills are getting quite colorful with large patches of yellow from the coreopsis and gold fields, while the fiddleneck add their golden hue. Purple from the lupine, globe gilia, and phacelia can be seen in areas along Gorman Post Road. Poppies are showing on the hills now.

The poppies are just getting started at Hungry Valley, but they are profuse along Highway 138 and at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster. If you are planning a trip to view the poppies, please try to go midweek to avoid some of the traffic, and check the weather for sunshine so that the poppies will be open.

With the warmer weather predicted, the poppies could be really blooming soon so make plans to visit Hungry Valley this spring! Please remember that the warm weather that brings out the flowers also brings out the snakes. Though rattlesnakes are dangerous, they are rarely deadly. They are not normally aggressive, but they will defend themselves if they feel threatened. Watch your step as you view the flowers and give snakes plenty of room to get away.

Please protect the flowers by not stepping on them and do not disrupt the plant’s life cycle by picking the flowers. Plucked flowers means less seeds for the animals to eat, and for future propagation. (It is also illegal and may result in a citation.)

Please keep California clean by disposing your trash responsibly; litter ruins the view and harms plants and animals.

Download the wildflower map for the self-guided tour, or you can go by the entrance station and pick up a wildflower brochure. Just ask! Please remember that there is a $5 entrance fee for the park.

Wildflower Viewing Tips:

  • High clearance vehicles are required for the self-guided tour along dirt roads
  • Don’t park on dry vegetation; it can cause a fire
  • Hungry Valley SVRA is an OHV park and there will be traffic on the trails
    • Keep windows open to listen for approaching vehicles
    • Pull over to allow vehicles to pass
    • Don’t block the roads while viewing flowers- find a turnout
    • Honk when approaching blind corners
  • Keep away from rattlesnakes
  • All plants, animals, geologic and historic features are protected

 

Park Map

Wildflower Map


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