Super Bloom 2017 from the Carrizo Plain - California

Experience the 2017 Super Bloom across the Carrizo Plain in California

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Last weekend (Sunday, April 23rd, 2017) we went to experience part of the Super Bloom at the Carrizo Plain in California.

 

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The drought in California has been awful for vegetation everywhere. Californian's (well I hope all Californian's) have been mindful of their water consumption, conserving when possible for about a year now. In just six months, California has had 120 percent more rain than typically expected, bringing us out of the drought and presenting the super bloom! 

 

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In early April, Carrizo Plain was filled with gorgeous yellow, orange, purple, and blue landscapes all across temblor Range and across the Plain. There were still TONS of flowers, but many of the colors had faded leaving the yellow ones to thrive.  The mountains were gorgeous, and looked like yellow plain had been splashed among the hillside.

The site, desertusa.com, has daily updates so you can see what it was and what it looks like now.

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How to get to Carrizo Plain from Los Angeles

From Los Angeles, we took the 5 North to the 58 west which took us through Kent and up and over the mountains. The views kept getting better and better.  

I printed a few maps (this like has map links on the bottom right sidebar blm.gov), which I'm glad I did since cell service was unreliable up there, and with the help of a few fellow blog posts, we knew exactly where to go.

We grabbed some food, gas, and did a bathroom stop where the 5 meets the 58. From there, I didn't see any places for food or gas until we returned to that spot. I highly recommend stopping for these amenities before basking in flowers. 

Fields of yellow wildflowers off Seven Mile Road

Fields of yellow wildflowers off Seven Mile Road

The Carrizo Plain

When you first arrive into the valley, from the 58, take Seven Mile Road, a dirt road that has giant patches of yellow flowers with a few hidden gems here and there.  We just pulled over on the side of the road for pictures and we were not alone in doing this. 

Friendly Caterpillar enjoying the Super Bloom

Friendly Caterpillar enjoying the Super Bloom

Some of the field mustard wildflowers were almost up to my waist, but most of them hit just above the knee.  

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Soda Lake

We drove the rest of the way down Seven Mile Road to Soda Lake Road, make a left to find the Soda Lake Overlook (which would be a couple of miles on your right). 

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You can drive up the hill a bit and there is a parking lot, bathrooms, and information about Carrizo Plain.

From the top of Soda Lake Overlook

From the top of Soda Lake Overlook

From the overlook, there were breathtaking panoramic views, with the reflection of the yellow range in the Lake, and other flower patches close by.  

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Lizard! 

Lizard! 

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We hiked down to Soda Lake which is one of the largest alkaline lakes in California. without a drainage point, the water fills forming a lake and evaporates during the summer. It doesn't smell very good.

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There was a cute boardwalk that ran parallel to the lake for half of a mile, made of plastic (it was a little slippery).  

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We kept driving down Soda Lake Road where we found more flowers on both sides! We even saw a deer, but he was too far for pictures.

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We decided to start heading back towards LA and I had read that there was a dirt road you could take to route 166 that connected to the 5 and was a great way to complete the drive. Some articles suggested AWD and that the road was closed because of solid mud from a storm last Tuesday, but one of the blogs said they had a Prius and it was fine. Not. True. The road was so rough and one of the tractors seem to give it a jagged terrain making it very difficult for our Lexus CT to get through it.

After driving about 10 minutes averaging about 10 mph, we turned around and decided to go back the way we came via the 58 back to the 5. 

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Alongside the 58 - Temblor Range

Alongside the 58 - Temblor Range

We were hungry on our way back so we stopped for some dinner... and milkshakes at In'n'out!

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Although we missed the peak of the Super bloom, there was still plenty to see! 

 

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