Super Bloom Predictions - time off work - help!

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Super Bloom Predictions - time off work - help!

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:59 pm

Any inside word from the park or you frequent visitors as what, where and when to see flowers this year? I'm trying to schedule time off work.
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Post by Randy O » Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:13 am

I wouldn't expect any kind of super bloom this year since the precip has been almost non existent. There are some Desert Gold blooms coming up along highway 190 but we haven't seen any other flowers yet. First part of March or maybe later this month might be good due to the warmer than average winter. Just don't expect any brilliant shows.

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Post by wbdeford » Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:13 pm

I would expect this year to be below average in terms of flowers. But sometimes there are surprises, like in 2014. I remember telling a ranger, "I didn't expect to see so many flowers this year." He said, "Neither did we." My trips are generally in April with the best flowers in the 3000-6000 ft range at that time.

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Post by MojaveGeek » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:13 pm

It's pretty unlikely to be anything special in terms of flowers this year. Where you will find stuff will depend on when you come and altitude. I like second half of March - first week of April but never count on seeing anything in particular. That being said, I find the area around Hell's Gate and behind and above the DV Buttes to often hold surprises. The Desert Gold will be bit earlier than that at lower elevations, especially along 190 north of FC.

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Post by Sparky of SoCal » Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:38 am

I think another thing you can do to help the odds in finding blooms is to to remember locations of wet storms that crossed DV this fall and winter. May take a little work but did the Park close any roads because of flooding this past winter? Start there as water is the key.

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Thanks for the suggestions about the flowers

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:22 am

I'll report here asap if I can find any blooms in the park this spring.
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Post by TrailHound » Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:28 am

There are always some flowers even in the driest years. This year, you will not see the vast carpets of flowers found in the wet years.

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Post by D.A. Wright » Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:44 pm

Later in the spring, April and May, I’ve often found flowers in the extreme north end of the valley. Take the road east from Crankcase Crossing into Nevada (Tule Canyon, Gold Mountain), lots of flowers and blooming shrubs. Elevations range from 4000 feet on the valley floor to over 7000 feet in the highlands.
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Post by Aedwards27 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:34 pm

I have always had good luck finding good displays in the area between Navel Spring and what is marked "quarry" on some old topos.

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Flower report Sunday Feb 25th

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:20 am

Yellow flowers in rows upslope along Badwater Road, not spectacular but sure pretty.

Various blooms up Ashford Canyon and Indian Pass Canyons at higher elevations.
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Flower report Sunday Feb 25th

Post by Death Valley Dazed » Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:24 am

Yellow flowers in rows upslope along Badwater Road, not spectacular but sure pretty.

Various blooms up Ashford Canyon and Indian Pass Canyons at higher elevations.
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Re: Super Bloom Predictions - time off work - help!

Post by JesPortland » Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:19 pm

Thanks for the update. Looking forward to more flowers when we arrive in three weeks.

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