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    Where the wildflowers/superbloom at?

    It's wildflower season in SoCal.
    Starting here too for sure.
    But any big blooms in NorCal? Or ways to find them?

    Some statewide/socal resources:
    http://theodorepayne.org/
    https://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/wildupdates.html (includes norcal, but reports outside of socal and tx are quite sparse).

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    Whatís that place in Cencal? Explodes like a crayons box of color?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbrdan View Post
    Carrizo Plain National Monument
    never even heard of that place...it's now on my list (the list of awesome places in my own home state that I haven't even been to).

    Death Valley goes off in a big way...but it's a hard to time it right and it's a bit of a haul to get out there.

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    A bit closer to home... the wildflowers go off pretty good on Mines Road (backside of Hamilton) going out toward Livermore.

    I also like them at Coe, but of course, that park's been "discovered" and can be really crowded on the weekends during the wildflower season. You need to get there early to get decent parking on a Saturday/Sunday morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregd72 View Post
    I also like them at Coe, but of course, that park's been "discovered" and can be really crowded on the weekends during the wildflower season. You need to get there early to get decent parking on a Saturday/Sunday morning.
    Yeah, stay away. *screams at the internet*
    More factually, the flowers are starting to appear in Coe. Saw many of my favorites in small numbers on sunny hillsides less than a week ago, but the popular spot Willson Peak had next to zero flowers. Soon...

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    Here we go. Superbloom
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    Yeah, Carrizo in '17 was pretty cool. My wife and I have been going there for almost 20 years:Where the wildflowers/superbloom at?-img_0801-copy.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
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    Carrizo is definitely worth it in a big year (too soon to tell). Toro is pretty impressive when it goes off. Ord has a good mix of flowers, unfortunately the flat/west part of the park is better. Pinnacles can also be pretty good and you get the bonus of maybe seeing condors. California Wildflower Report on FB a pretty good spot to get info.
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    What trails on Ft Ord are good for checking out wild flowers?

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    North Table Mountain by Lake Oroville is sick... wildflowers and waterfalls. Its been discovered by social media, so pretty much a zoo. Get there early. Pay your Fish & Wildlife fee in advance. Go explore. Enjoy it before it gets all regulated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BSen13 View Post
    What trails on Ft Ord are good for checking out wild flowers?
    I don't remember specific trail names on the west side. Just park at Gigling, generally head west, and explore. Goat/41 has some good flowers on the west side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Callender View Post
    Carrizo is definitely worth it in a big year (too soon to tell). Toro is pretty impressive when it goes off. Ord has a good mix of flowers, unfortunately the flat/west part of the park is better. Pinnacles can also be pretty good and you get the bonus of maybe seeing condors. California Wildflower Report on FB a pretty good spot to get info.

    -Toro is starting to show signs down fairly low in Red Tail Canyon with 4-5 different types represented.

    I haven't been to the top of Ollason Peak for a while but there will be a pretty good showing up there this Spring I'm sure.

    Ord will mostly show flowers below Laguna Seca so trails off of Guidoti Rd. and off of Upper-Goat Trail / Moto-Valley will be the places to look there.
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    Hogan Lake blog. A section of Hogan Lake trails here.

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    Check out these beautiful flowers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Train Wreck View Post
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    I saw those- I cut some to take home and put in a vase!

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    An oak tree through the piano?

    Bonus points for anyone who knows where this is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    I saw those- I cut some to take home and put in a vase!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BSen13 View Post
    What trails on Ft Ord are good for checking out wild flowers?
    We started from the Creekside lot today and were surprised to see how good the wildflowers were. The most concentrated area was right out of the gate on the Sandy Ridge fireroad climb--lots and lots of star lilies and Indian Warrior. On other trails we saw good showings of yellow primroses (bottom of trail 42), buttercups, ceanothus, black sage, purple nightshade, etc., etc. And on trail 49 we saw one of my favorites, a fuchsia-flowering gooseberry bush (I'm easily amused).
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    Coe is legendary for wildflowers but I've never seen it.

    When is the ideal time.

    Man, today is pretty amazing out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
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    Now, where have I seen that before???
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Coe is legendary for wildflowers but I've never seen it.

    When is the ideal time.

    Man, today is pretty amazing out there.
    Not a Coe expert by any means but the bloom follows the sun. These upcoming warmer days if sustained will bring the bloom anywhere from 2-4 weeks from now. At lower elevations itís getting started. Fremont Older.....




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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbrdan View Post
    Not a Coe expert by any means but the bloom follows the sun. These upcoming warmer days if sustained will bring the bloom anywhere from 2-4 weeks from now. At lower elevations itís getting started. Fremont Older.....




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    We need Coe photos in full bloom.

    BTW, one could spend the whole spring/summer following the bloom. Go all the way up to 8k feet as the summer progresses. Flowers grow that high?
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    One of my favorite wildflower meadows is on the way from Armstrong Pass to Toads. It's at about 9200 ft. and is stunning when it peaks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Callender View Post
    One of my favorite wildflower meadows is on the way from Armstrong Pass to Toads. It's at about 9200 ft. and is stunning when it peaks.
    Yup. And it peaks very late!!

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    Some seeds have been lying for decades....


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    This is happening. Seems to be creeping from South to North. Then up in elevation

    Weíll. Get ours. Anybody got photos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    How is Coe?
    Green as grass.

    There are whole tunnels of buckbrush blossoms right now. I've come home with my clothing smelling of it.

    Early bloomers such as buttercup, shooting stars, popcorn, baby blue eyes are having a nice season but not over the top like socal because they have competition from grass.

    And the lupine is starting...
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    Quote Originally Posted by knobs View Post
    Green as grass.

    There are whole tunnels of buckbrush blossoms right now. I've come home with my clothing smelling of it.

    Early bloomers such as buttercup, shooting stars, popcorn, baby blue eyes are having a nice season but not over the top like socal because they have competition from grass.

    And the lupine is starting...
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    The scenery is nice but the park is still recovering from this monster rain season. Some creeks will be difficult to cross. Grizzly Gulch is mostly passable. I'd avoid Cross Canyon (Kelly Cabin Creek) for now because of water level and ticks.

    As for trails, there are still some muddy spots but overall not bad. I'd say, if you know where to go then it's prime. Otherwise may want to let things dry out a bit further.

    Hunting Hollow is definitely very popular this time of year. At 7:30AM on Sunday, parking lot was already 50% full considering there are many backpacking overnighters. At 10AM, it was almost full.

    BTW, do not park at the end of Gilroy Hot Springs (by the green bridge). The time for warning is over.
    They are ticketing at first offence. Saw one car ticketed on Friday. That person was staying until Sunday, wondering if he got one ticket a day or worse off got towed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    When is prime time you think?
    We need a week of some good warm sunny days and the higher elevations will go bananas.
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    It's developing......

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    I'm thinking of heading down to the Carrizo Plain this weekend for a one night overnight. It'll give me an opportunity to try out the new RTT setup (free dispersed camping since it's BLM land). Probably a little early (likely better in a few weeks) but the next many weekends are kind of jammed for me and don't want to miss the window entirely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    When is prime time you think?

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    I looked at some photos from past years and now is definitely prime time, seasonally speaking. Typically mid March and the grasses start drying out, maybe everything will be shifted a few weeks this year.

    Hunting Hollow had 40 cars Saturday night at sunset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knobs View Post
    I looked at some photos from past years and now is definitely prime time, seasonally speaking. Typically mid March and the grasses start drying out, maybe everything will be shifted a few weeks this year.

    Hunting Hollow had 40 cars Saturday night at sunset.
    Donít think this is a normal year though. Still raining.
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    Super bloom super weeds in my backyard is visible from space.

    Even growing on roof
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    Coe will be interesting to monitor in the next couple of weeks; I doubt we'll have another "super bloom" year like we had a couple of years ago when the drought ended. As adagioca mentioned buckbrush is having a banner year though---starting a couple of weeks ago. Lupines in the eastern side of the park (around the still-closed Dowdy entrance) are crazy right now.

    The park's "What's Blooming" web page is heading toward 100 different species being reported so far this year.

    Grasses are way being schedule compared to last year, don't know what to make of that. If and when they take off the may obscure some wildflowers. And let's not forget all the prickly thistle species that tend to be late bloomers!
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    Where the wildflowers at?

    Spent 4 days riding Coe over the last week including today not a crazy bloom yet, but worthy getting out there, should get better


























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    Entrance to a buckbrush tunnel on Cross Canyon Trail:Where the wildflowers/superbloom at?-20190403_160753.jpg

    Also I stopped here because I noticed the blossoms had a slightly different color, usually white with a touch of yellow, here there's a hint of pink.

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    Found this Checker Lily in Steven's Canyon.Where the wildflowers/superbloom at?-20190404_142935.jpg

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    That's a beauty, knobs. See any chanterelles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Callender View Post
    That's a beauty, knobs. See any chanterelles?
    There was one huge chanterelle nearby, but did not notice many mushrooms in total. This checkered lily was stretched out into the trail, kinda hard not to notice.

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    Yo FC! When to go to Coe? NOW!










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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbrdan View Post
    Yo FC! When to go to Coe? NOW!


    Too funny! I was at Coe yesterday hiking with my GF and I took almost that EXACT same picture near the top of JDT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbrdan View Post
    Yo FC! When to go to Coe? NOW!
    Agreed.

    The thing I noticed was the perfume. Unlike the buck brush which smells heavy like Burger King pollen, the smaller blossoms are blissful like a fine wine. Especially noticed this at Willson Peak.

    Iíll probably visit Coe mid week, looking for more hot spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    Lopes
    Oh yeah, I saw Lopes was hitting the poppies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Friday or Saturday....
    Friday would be the better pick. Saturday will be very busy - more hikers and bikers. For Coe, the best flowers are well known to be along Steer Ridge and at Willson Peak, but I personally would avoid the easiest trail (JDT) to the Peak on Saturday. That means you'd have the pick of many Coe-ish climbs. For example, this last Sunday I went up Steer Ridge Road. Someone was saying that it's 1000 feet in a half mile, which was umm... "entertaining" on an emtb.

    Or go on Friday and ride up JDT. Set a time and let us know.

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    Of course, respect the bloom. Don't trample

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    Ok, here we go. I hear it is blowing up in the Bay Area. Get out there. Post photos.
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    Goldfields

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    Today is the day. Get out there. Calero area? Coe?
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    I was at Coe yesterday mowing down pesky wildflowers:
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    Tie Down Trail FWIW. Coe is definitely popping right now.
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    Somebody should check out Harvey Bear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe Ped View Post
    I was at Coe yesterday mowing down pesky wildflowers:
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    Somebody should check out Harvey Bear.
    Yeah, interested in that whole Calero to Bear network. Thanks for the photos.
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    Getting ready for the annual Back Country Weekend I've been out in Coe almost every day for the past couple of weeks.

    This seems to be the year of the lupine; they're everywhere it seems:
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    That thin white line just above the last dark ridge is the snow of the Sierra.

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    Bear Mountain Peak Trail above Mississippi Lake.

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    Owl's clover and...lupines.
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    This is from a couple weeks ago at Wilson Peak in Coe.

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    PO is starting to bloom at Coe; this was along Hersman Pond Trail:
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    As were Ithurial's spears:
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    Lots of pollinators on mule ears near the Dowdy VC:
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    Also near Dowdy:
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    Owl's clover, fiddleneck and ...a lupine at Hersman Pond:
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    Poppies growing from a rock near Burra Burra Trail, Gulnac Peak behind:
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    The grasses are quickly beginning to turn; in a couple of weeks the south-facing slopes of these hills will be golden---also probably an early fire season.
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    Here we go. Canada del Oro from Bald Peak to Calero park. Like this for miles
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Here we go. Canada del Oro from Bald Peak to Calero park. Like this for miles
    That's hairy vetch. It's non-native but bees and other pollinators love it. So do cows.

    Table Mountain is still beautiful but if the temps continue to creep up the flowers will soon die so go see it while you can!


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    Some great photos in this thread. Hereís my best contribution.

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    Where the wildflowers/superbloom at?-b6f8484a-45ab-4073-a2ae-944aecfbd4af.jpg

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    Itís gonna pop today!!!
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    Fc, why don't you make this thread a sticky, so we can look upon it during the Great Dry Times?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Radium View Post
    Fc, why don't you make this thread a sticky, so we can look upon it during the Great Dry Times?
    Sticky is the great thread killah. Cause we can't tell if there's any action in it.

    Today, I'm taking my dad out to Grant Ranch... and beyond. Should be cool. I want to take hi to Carizo Plain but timing is not good right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fc View Post
    Sticky is the great thread killah. Cause we can't tell if there's any action in it.

    Today, I'm taking my dad out to Grant Ranch... and beyond. Should be cool. I want to take hi to Carizo Plain but timing is not good right now.

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    Ah, well. I din't know that. Never mind.......

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    Kind of intruding here with a superbloom SoCal pic. From the Lynnmere trail behind my house in Thousand Oaks:


    Where the wildflowers/superbloom at?-img_1627.jpg


    That was a couple of days ago and already past the peak. It's been pretty warm since so I think we're pretty much done down here...

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    Damn heatwave wilted my dogwoods.

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    Weaverville Basin Is Showing Color

    Flowers are coming out up here in the Weaverville Basin.
    Where the wildflowers/superbloom at?-img_20190428_173947710.jpg

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    Not done yet...Where the wildflowers/superbloom at?-20190508_181212.jpg

    Location: Along Coit Road, Coe.

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    Mariposa Lily, Bear Mountain Peak Trail (north section), Henry W Coe SP:
    Where the wildflowers/superbloom at?-img_1786rs.jpg
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    Neighborhood gardens.... going off like never before
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