Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 17, 2019

Hungry Valley Wildflowers 5/11/19

Hungry Valley OHV has a new wildflower report for 5/11/19

The rain this weekend may extend the blooms of some flowers. The higher elevations in the northern section of the park have a nice variety of wildflowers blooming, though new species are starting to bloom in the southern part of the park due to the lower elevation. It is always interesting to see what new flowers have started to bloom each week.

The hillside near the north entrance still has lupine, some poppies, and the lacy yellow wild parsley in bloom. Watch for more poppies, the large bush lupine and the sunflower-like balsamroot blooming along Spaghetti Pass and in the grasslands. There are some outstanding patches of the vibrant poppies along Wheatfield Trail, and as you drop into the valley near Edison Campground.

If you take the self-guided flower trail in the grasslands, there is a nice variety of flowers along Powerline Road and Stipa Trail. There are two turnouts near the junction of Stipa and Powerline where you can park and walk around to admire the blooms. Watch for the desert dandelions on some of the hillsides near Powerline as you approach Stipa. Be aware that the tall grasses are hiding some of the flowers!

Dark blue shades of pygmy lupine are amass on the hillsides mixed with the poppies, and the yellow sun cups are still blooming near the junction of Powerline and Stipa. Tiny white and pink Chinese houses and owls clover are in bloom along Stipa near the Condor Trail junction.

A wide variety of flowers continues to bloom along Schmidt Ranch Road. Look for the morning glories and yellow pincushions on the road bank near the Maxey Road junction. Along Schmidt, between Maxey and Cougar, there is a vibrant display of the lavender thistle sage with some white scorpion weed mixed in among it. The red-tipped Indian paintbrush has been spotted in many areas of the park. Head out Maxey Road toward the Oak Grove for a stunning mix of the paintbrush and goldenbush.

Scarlet bugler is now blooming in many spots along Gold Hill Road with a nice display at the turnoff to Smith Forks Campground. Purple sage can be seen between Lower Scrub Campground and Smith Forks Campground. Watch for their bright purple whorls along the S curves mixed among the goldenbush. (Please remember that vehicles must be street legal to be on Gold Hill Road.)

The yuccas are flowering throughout the park, but they are especially thick in the area between Aliklik and Lane Ranch Campgrounds with dozens of stalks now blooming above the spiky leaves. If you wander through the yuccas, there is a nice mix of flowers blooming there, including the purple larkspur. Look close for the larkspur among the shrubs, as well as the white tidy tips and pincushion flowers. The bright orange desert Mariposa lily and the magenta beavertail cactus flowers were found here this week, with more expected to bloom soon!

The white flowers of the desert primrose are open in the mornings; they are blooming profusely along the road between the south entrance and Lane Ranch Campground now. Other new blooms in the south are the lavender flowers on the yerba santa shrubs, and the elderberry with their lacy white flowers.

Make plans to visit Hungry Valley now while the poppies are still blooming in the park. However, you will need to wait for a warm sunny day to find them open. 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
    • o   Keep windows open to listen for approaching vehicles
    • o   Pull over to allow vehicles to pass
    • o   Don’t block the roads while viewing flowers- find a turnout
    • o   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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