Sunday, March 21, 2010

Guide to California Wildflower Season

Desert Paintbrush or Indian Paintbrush in Castle Rock State Park

Wildflower Week might be over here on the Funemployment blog but Wildflower season is just beginning. Peak bloom in the bay area is exected in mid-April and should continue through most of May. Hopefully the last week gave people a good idea what they are looking at on the trails, roads, and even highways of the bay area. Below is your guide to wildflower watching for the rest of the season:

Late March - early blooms in high-sun grassy foothills of the south and east bay (Central Coast, Big Sur, Almaden Quicksilver, Edgewood, Mission Peak)

Early April - peak desert blooms in southern California expected. (Edgewood, Sunol Regional Wilderness, Rancho Canada del Oro, Windy Hill, Arastadreo, Death Valley, Anza Borrego Desert SP)

Mid April - wildflowers creep up the slopes to the grassy slopes of the Santa Cruz mountains. (Russian Ridge, Skyline Ridge, Windy Hill, Edgewood, Mt. Tamalpias, Central Valley)

Late April/Early May - desert blooms move higher, peak bloom throughout the bay area. (Russian Ridge, Windy Hill, Edgewood)

Late May - Peak blooms ending in the bay area, beginning in the Sierra Nevada. (Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Desolation Wilderness, Mt. Lassen)

June-July - Wildflower blooms climbing in altitude to the High Sierra. (Mt. Lassen, Inyo National Forest, Ansel Adams Wilderness)

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