degree of interest....talking socal flower expedition.

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Throwing this out there for possible expedition interest.

SoCal/central Cal is 100-200% on moisture drop (rain) = possible epic flower season.

Thinking following bloom south to north. Say start at mex border (yuma or...), then offroad up to DV over 2-3 weeks. This would be expo style (me = tent). I like the 2 nights per camping spot pace = time to 1) see flowers, 2) investigate local POI, 3) excercise (mountain bike/hike/trail run/fish or ?????).

Target audience: beginner to pro (leave testosterone @ home). Note we would never be too far from civilization thus low risk. Matter of fact, there might be cell coverage on the majority of tracks.

Haven't bracketed dates. probably a week+ notice based on heat.

Also, if anyone has tracked this before (expedition style, not rock crawling), feel free to chyme in!

NOTE: will cross post to expedition portal

DOUBLE NOTE: my participation is dependent on medical schedule (new shoulder). So would need a co-organizer such that overall concept happens.
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pappy

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I would watch the weather. Great rain in December, followed by a dry January, does not make a superbloom. There will be flowers, but I suspect the dry month will wilt the seedlings that germinated. I've seen reports coming out of Anza-Borrego that some annuals are showing already.
 

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Great advice!

In the mean time I will mull over route matched to known flower hot spots.

This could be a SoCal desert hat trick (anza borrego/Mohave/Death Valley). :bounce:
That's been a goal of mine for a while. My buddy (birder) does that, along with some spots in Arizona.

I'm planning for a trip to DV around the end of March. I intended to include stopovers in Mammoth, etc, but i injured my shoulder/shoulder blade/ribs last weekend, so that's off...

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I would be interested in this. I am based out of Las Vegas, so can access the Mohave Preserve and Death Valley pretty easily.

Planning on running the Mohave Road in mid-February for a long weekend.

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Hi Alan,

R u knowledgable (or know someone) of remote flower hot spots in your referenced sphere of influence?

I'm just starting the "websearch" on this, so I'm getting mainstream results. My goal is to find the remote "top secret" spots that would make the trip worthy of "expedition" moniker. 'Course, why do u think they call it "secret".

Anyway, let's keep the comm open.

Keep on keeping on!
 
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My goal is to find the remote "top secret" spots
Sub'd.

I'm usually in DV in April, which may be kinda late for the peak bloom. I've been meaning to check out Gold Valley which is remote, if not "top secret", but due to the higher elevation, the bloom happens later. Gold Valley is named after the Desert Gold that covers the valley.

Death-Valley-Gold-Valley-Wildflowers-L.jpg


I also hope to hike Willow Canyon while I'm there, if it's accessible.
 
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