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  • BLM - Calif Wildflowers
  • USFS - Celebrating Wildflowers
  • Mojave Desert Wildflowers List
  • Links to California Plant Lists
  • Southern California Wildflowers

    Antelope Valley Poppies & Gorman Poppy Fields
    13 mi.West of Hwy.14, Lancaster. MARCH - MAY: Most consistent poppy-bearing land in Calif. Rolling Hills of Poppies. Visitors Center - 15101 W. Lancaster Rd (Lancaster Rd= an extended of Avenue I)
    661/724-1180

    Red Rock Canyon State Park
    661/ 942-0662 - wildflower updates

    Lodging in Randsburg, CA

     

    Mojave National Preserve
    Ranger Station - 760/ 733-4040
    Providence Mountains State Recreation Area

     

    Joshua Tree National Park
    760/ 367-5500 for more information

     

    Panamint Valley - near Death Valley National Park


    Anza Borrego State Park
    East San Diego County, Borrego Springs. MARCH - MAY: Desert Cacti Bloom
    760/767-4684

    favorite areas: Plum Canyon, Pinon & Noline Wash, Old Kane Springs Rd., Cactus Loop Trail, Mason Valley Cactus Garden, Mtn. Palm Springs/North Fork Trail, Yaqui Well Nature Trail; check also the Borrego Springs site > Wildflowers

    Lodging in Borrego Springs

     

     

    Central Coast Wildflowers

    Lompoc Flower Fields

    Los Padres National Forest

    San Luis Obispo Backcountry
    Central Calif. Fields of Lupine on rolling hills w/ oak trees

     

    Death Valley Wildflowers

    Death Valley Wildflower Report
    Cactus, daisies, lilies, lupine, poppies, etc.
    Mid February - Mid April = lower elevations
    Early April - Early May = 2,000 to 4,000 ft. elev.
    Late April - Early June = 4,000+ ft. elev.



    Joshua Tree Wildflowers

    Joshua Tree National Park
    Desert Cacti Bloom, Claris Cup Cactus

    favorite areas: Cholla Garden, Ocotillo Patch

    Los Angeles Wildflowers

    Fullerton Arboretum

    Topanga State Park - Musch Trail

    U.C. Riverside Botanical Garden

    see also - Tejon Pass

    Mojave Desert Wildflowers

    Mojave National Preserve

    Mitchell Caverns at Providence State Park, in Mojave NP

    Red Rock Canyon State Park
    Eroded rock formations with brilliant carpet of wildflowers surround the Red Rock Canyon State Park with walls of green, lavender, white & vibrant red. crimson blossomed beaver tail cactus and forests of white blooming Joshua trees & yuccas. Highway 14 to Mojave and go north on Hwy.395.
    Info: Mojave Desert State Park Information Center (661) 942-0662

    Lodging in Randsburg

     

    North Coast / NorCal / Redwoods

    Wildflower Walks
    Point Cabrillo Lightstation (Lighthouse)
    707/937-0816

    Redwoods National Park
    707/464-6101
    Del Norte, Fields of Crimson clover & Lupine

    Azalea State Reserve
    707/488-2041
    Hwy. 200 Arcata

    San Diego Wildflowers

    Cabrillo National Monument

    Carlsbad Ranch Flower Fields

    mid March - April
    760/ 431-0352
    760/930-9123

    California trees

    Julian - the small historic mining town in the mountains behind San Diego has daffodills & many native flowers sprouting. Plus, just down the hill is the infamous Anza Borrego State Park. 760/767-4684

    San Diego Freeways are decorated with blooming hill sides every Spring

    San Diego Backcountry has wildflowers; Laguna Mtns. meadows will be blooming in late April to June. Also big yuccas & cool purple bushes along many county roads. Some good routes are behind Descanso - Boulder Creek Rd. (dirt); East Hwy. 94 to the small tpown of Campo.

    see also - Anza Borrego

    San Francisco & East Bay Wildflowers

  • Altamont Pass
  • Hollister
  • Livermore
  • Panoche Hills and Tumey Hills
  • U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden
  • U.C. Santa Cruz Arboretum

    Sierra Nevada / Mountain Wildflowers

    Bear Valley, Sierra Nevada Mountains
    Owl's clover & Poppies

    Bishop - favorite areas: Fish Slough, Lake Sabrina

    Eastern Kern County

    Kennedy Meadows
    Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Secluded & Scenic area, Horseback rides

    Lodging

     

    Kern River Canyon

    McGee Creek Canyon

    Tehachapi Mountains
    South/East Sierra, Tehachapi. Fields of Lupine & Poppies

    Tollhouse Road off of Hwy.168
    Small detour off highway that leads thru meadows instead of the mountain.ridge. Hiking, small waterfalls, cattle grazing & many scenic rolling hills with oak trees & wildflowers

    check Wildflower Express

    Lodging


    Tejon Pass / Gorman / Antelope Valley / Central Valley

    California Poppies - see the amazing colors! Gorman

    Poppy, Lupine and Owls Clover. Vibrant splashes of orange, gold, yellow, blue pink and fushia are some of the best in the state. Park along the side road just outside of town of Gorman. There is a narrow steep trail that leads up the mountain. A private ranch land without public facilities, but accustomed to sightseers.
    April - Interstate5 / "grapevine area" between Gorman & Valencia / L.A. county. Take I-5 to the Gorman exit, just north of Highway 138. South along the Old Gorman Post Road. Info: Ft Tejon Ranger Stn. (805) 248-6692

    Hungry Valley Park
    Golden Poppy, pink Owls Clover, pale Cream Cups, & Blue Lupin
    Dirt roads are easily handled by any ordinary passenger car. Take Powerline Road and take in sweeping vistas of Tejon Ranch across the I-5 above Gorman. This road is unpaved. It's high & rough going. Traveling south on I-5, take Frazier Park turn off. Heading north on I-5, take the Gorman exit.
    Info: Hungry Valley Ranger Station (805) 248-7007

    Other Areas in California

    Azalea State Natural Reserve
    Box Canyon, Mecca
    Carrizo Plain Wildflowers
    Chimney Rock
    China Camp State Park
    Cima Dome, Mojave
    Coreopsis Hill
    Cozy Dell Trail
    Del Puerto Canyon Road
    Desert Lily Sanctuary
    Dillon Road
    Dogwoods Near Dunsmuir
    Edgewood County Park
    Falls Trail on Mt. Diablo
    Feather Falls
    Granite Road
    Jepson Prairie Preserve
    Johnson Valley
    Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve
    Lake Elsinore Poppies
    MacKerricher State Park
    Milagra Ridge in Pacifica
    Merced River - South Fork Trail
    Mix Canyon Road
    Montaña de Oro State Park
    Paige Meadows
    Pinnacles National Monument
    Pope Valley
    Quail Botanical Garden
    Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
    Ring Mountain
    Sagehen Creek Trail
    San Bruno Mountain
    Santa Lucia Mountains
    Sheephole Pass
    Strybing Arboretum
    Table Mountain
    Thousand Palms Canyon
    Tomales Bay State Park
    Towsley Canyon near L.A.
    Wiley Canyon


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