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Castro Crest

Point Mugu State Park

Circle X Ranch

Date of Review



12/10/11 &11/26/11.

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        This is mostly a quick update to let people know the bigpod ceanothus are beginning to bloom up at Circle X Ranch.  The predicted warm weather will probably ramp them up to full bloom quite quickly.  I've been trapped at my desk since I got back from my trip but hopefully I'll be able to add more soon once I've had a chance to look around a bit.  Anyone can always help by submitting a flower report.  See you on the trails. – ed.




Castro Crest

Backbone Trail:

Corral Canyon Rd. to Latigo Rd

 Date: 1/1/2012



        This hike is fantastic in the spring and not bad in the winter.  The big pod ceanothus is well into blooming, there is California buckwheat, wild morning glory and milkmaids by the creek.  To my surprise there were already peonies in bloom.  The other flowers we saw were just small occasional patches.  There was some chaparral current, twiggy wreath plant, purple nightshade, cliff aster, Indian paintbrush, bush sunflower and cudweed aster.  – Dorothy Steinicke.


Point Mugu State Park

La Jolla Canyon Trail

 Date: 12/14/2011



        Surprised to see a Giant Coreopsis blooming already, probably the season's first, only fifty yards from the Ray Miller Trailhead in that area where stone blocks are gathered together.  In late afternoon I noticed an evening primrose had opened, a yellow one, near where I have found speckled Clarkia last summer.  A Golden-Fleece is still presenting a few blooms.  Almost all the flowers I saw today were yellow.  – Alexander Walker.


Circle X Ranch

Sandstone Peak Trail

 Date: 12/10/2011



        We hiked to the peak yesterday with a group who came to hear Ranger Mike’s presentation on the geology of the area. Along the way we of course watched for and chatted about flowers. We still are not seeing many of the new season’s annuals in bloom but there was a nice scattering of chaparral currant and up near the top there were a few manzanita in bloom. It might be still too early to recommend this trail for flower watching but the vista of the ocean and the valley behind was well worth the trip (to say nothing of Mike’s excellent presentation.) It is worth noting that we saw a few stray shooting stars in bloom near the Mishe Mokwa trailhead.  – ed.


Circle X Ranch

Canyon View Trail

 Date: 11/26/2011



        This trail passes through several different ecosystems and has several exposed south-facing sections which ramp up to the blooming season quite fast. Consequently I hike this trail frequently early in the blooming season when I am most eager to see the new arrivals. Things have greened up quite nicely and there is a lot of our old favorites in leaf, but not too much in bloom yet. Some of the early perennials are in bloom and of course several of last season’s late bloomers are still around, but we did not see any of the new season’s annuals yet.  California fuchsia, telegraph weed, woolly aster, wild morning glory, sawtooth golden bush, wishbone bush, twiggy wreath plant, white hedge nettle, narrow-leaved bedstraw, chaparral current and bush mallow.  – ed.



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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area


401 West Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360



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