Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 1, 2019

Santa Monica Mts. Wildflowers 3/1/19

Santa Monica Mts. National Recreation Area has  a new wildflower report. See photos and older posts at What’s Blooming

Many of you know quite a bit of the Santa Monica Mountains was burned this past fall in the Woolsey Fire. Consequently, it is important to make sure the place you want to hike is actually open for hiking. When in doubt it probably would be wise to check in with the park unit you wish to visit. With all of the rain a lot of people are expecting this to be a great flower year. I usually think of March 1 as the start of the flower season.

Cold Creek Preserve Stunt High Trail 2/26/2019
         Enter from a parking lot on the right side of Stunt Rd, 1 mile in from Mulholland Highway.
From the parking lot the trail descends and parallels a babbling creek that is far below the trail. At first I didn’t see any blooms but then there were milkmaids, lots of them, lining the trail on both sides. When the trail climbs out of the riparian area and into chaparral there are big pod ceanothus in bloom as well as fuchsia flowering gooseberry, purple nightshade, wild cucumber and blue dicks. There are some lovely patches of red maids and some wild peony buds that are just about to burst open. The flowering ash are in bloom and really lovely. The white chaparral current, something I’ve only ever seen on this trail, is just finishing its bloom.

Malibu Creek State Park Grasslands Trail to Crags Rd. to Mott Rd. 2/21/2019
         Malibu Creek State Park is again open to the public. It is very clear that the Woolsey Fire came through but most of the landscape is now green, albeit with non-native grasses. The grasslands are punctuated with big oak trees that are mostly blackened or at least scorched, but most look like they are going to survive. I went looking for flowers and found very few. I saw some wild cucumber and a few patches of California poppy and a single blue dick. So, not a hike for flowers yet, but still a worthwhile hike for dramatic panoramas and the reassurance that the land is healing. I think there will be a lot of flowers next month.

See photos and older posts at What’s Blooming


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