Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 10, 2019

Santa Monica Mountains Wildflowers 3/8/19

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has two recent reports

Will Rogers State Park Rivas Canyon Trail 3/8/2019
         Connects Temescal Gateway Park and Will Rogers State Park
From Temescal Canyon keep to the right on the paved road as it forks in the cabin area and look for a trail going uphill to the right. This is a two-mile connector between Temescal and Will Rogers, you can do a car shuttle or go in and back.
Right now the greenbark ceanothus are in full bloom covered with clouds of pale blue flowers. They are the flower you see the most of on this trail. There are also bush and canyon sunflowers, wild cucumber, fiesta flower, Indian pinks, fuchsia flowering gooseberry and blue dicks. There will certainly be more flowers to come but this is a lovely flower hike in an area that did not burn.
Malibu Creek State Park The Phantom Trail 3/7/2019
         Hiked the Phantom Trail on Match 7th. There are California Poppies growing on this trail, mostly near the ridge tops. Saw a variety of flowers here; Red Maids, Filaree, Sticky Phacelia, Caterpillar Phacelia, Indian Paintbrush, Wild Cucumber , and Broad leafed Lupine. Much of what is growing has not bloomed yet, so there should be a lot more blooms in a week or so. From the intersection of Las Virgenes and Mulholland drive approximately 2 miles west on Mulholland and look for switchbacks going up the hill. There used to be a trail sign but it burned in the fire.

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