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The Temblor Range east of the Carrizo Plain
Carrizo Plain National Monument, California


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Road ends at the foot of the Temblor Range

Road ends at the foot of the Temblor Range

To get a close look at the splashes of wildflowers on the Temblor Range I drove past Wallace Creek then up a side road until it ended. From there I hiked on up the ridge.

Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

Date photographed: April 1, 2017

Informal campsite in the Temblor Range

Informal campsite in the Temblor Range

My first night in the Carrizo Plain I camped at the end of this dirt road in the Temblor Range. Although it is a national monument, the Carrizo is still managed by the BLM and some of their policies, such as dispersed camping, still apply.

Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

Date photographed: April 1, 2017

Super bloom in the Temblor Range

Super bloom in the Temblor Range

Yellow blooms dominate the slopes of the Temblor Range. Spring of 2017 was considered to be a "super bloom" in parts of the Coast Ranges.

Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

Date photographed: April 1, 2017

Phacelia and daisies in the Temblor Range

Phacelia and daisies in the Temblor Range

Blue phacelia and yellow daisies on the slopes of the Temblor Range above the Carrizo Plain.

Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

Date photographed: April 1, 2017

Temblor Range lush with grass and flowers

Temblor Range lush with grass and flowers

In addition to dramatic patches of blossoms the hills were lush with annual grasses. This was in striking contrast to poor conditions during five previous years of drought.

Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

Date photographed: April 1, 2017

Temblor Range ridgetop hiking

Temblor Range ridgetop hiking

Walking along ridgetops in the Temblor Range is easy, but the slopes on either side are very steep and there are few trails.

Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

Date photographed: April 1, 2017

Spring flowers in the Temblor Range

Spring flowers in the Temblor Range

Yellow daisies and blue phacelia dominated this area, with orange fiddlenecks not quite open yet.

Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

Date photographed: April 1, 2017

View over the Carrizo Plain from the Temblor Range

View over the Carrizo Plain from the Temblor Range

Fields of flowers and a view over the temporarily lush Carrizo Plain. The San Andreas Rift runs along the west base of the mountains and forms a dramatic scarp for many miles.

Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

Date photographed: April 1, 2017

Grasslands high on the east side of the Temblor Range

Grasslands high on the east side of the Temblor Range

Grasslands high on the east side of the Temblor Range

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Date photographed: March 24, 2007
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