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Figueroa Mountain Wildflowers
updated: Apr 02, 2013, 9:21 AM

By Robert Bernstein

This has not been the best year for wildflowers on Figueroa Mountain, but it is still always a joy to be out there!

Here are my photos!

We first climbed Grass Mountain starting on the Midland School trails. There are signs now, but it is still a bit of a maze of trails. In the higher areas there were not many flowers, mostly just grass. But near the start of the trail was a beautiful field of lupines.

Further on, we stopped at the Ranger/Fire Station on Figueroa Mountain Road to get water after our hike. One of the firefighters, Matt, was very helpful with the water and with wildflower information. He explained that it has been a dry year. And that "wind events" had blown the poppy petals away.

He directed us to the best remaining spot. It is a small field below the meadow which in turn is below the Lookout. We went there and found the spot. Not many poppies, but a lush bed of lupines.

By the way... The usual best spot, just past the Ranger/Fire Station was not happening much for flowers. But a short distance beyond was a beautiful rock garden of pine trees, poppies and lupines. Not as lush as in the past, but we were glad to have seen it.

By the way, here are my photos from four years ago for comparison!


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