Hungry Valley, Gold Hill Road & Piru Creek

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View from Gold Hill Road, Hungry Valley SRVA, 4/12/08

Pass through Hungry Valley SRVA on Gold Hill Road to Piru Creek. 

Along the way stop and visit the Hungry Valley Visitor Center in the parking lot to the right just after the ranger booth.  Maps, historical information and pictures of rattlesnakes can be found here.  In the back corner of this parking lot is a wildflower viewing area, Stipia Trail.  The Hungry Valley ranger booth has wildflower guides and gives tours on weekends.
 

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Snow on the side of Gold Hill Road, Hungry Valley SRVA, 2/9/09

Continue on Goldhill Road for about 6 miles through Hungry Valley turning right at the intersection of Hungry Valley Road and Gold Hill Road.  Follow Goldhill Road out of the SRVA towards Alamo Mountain (Los Padres National Forest).  Many wildflowers along the way, scenic views and two primative campgrounds.  Make sure to call Los Padres Ranger Station for road conditions, this road often closes due to weather conditions.  March & April are usually good times to view wildflowers.  The winter months...good for snow!  The more snow, usually the better the wildflower season.

Directions:
  From the I5 Freeway (Northbound) take the Gorman exit and make a left.  Turn right on Peace Valley Road (by McDonalds).  Hungry Valley SRVA will be on the left (Gorman Entrance).  Optionally exit Smokey Bear Road off I5 and take Hungry Valley Road (South Entrance) which will turn into Gold Hill Road continuing into Los Padres National Forest.  The entry fee (either entrances) is $5.00.

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Hungry Valley Road near Smokey Bear Entrance, 2/9/09

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Hungry Valley Road near Smokey Bear (South) Entrance, Hungry Valley SRVA, 2/9/09

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Hungry Valley Road, starting to see snowflakes, click picture to enlarge...2/9/09

 

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Gold Hill Road just past the end of Hungry Valley Road, 2/9/09

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Continuing on Gold Hill Road out of Hungry Valley SRVA and into Los Padres National Forest, 2/9/09

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Gold Hill Road near Gorman Entrance, Power Line Rd & Stipia Trail, 2/9/09

 

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Hungry Valley, Gold Hill Road

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Hungry Valley, Gold Hill Road

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Wildflowers just past the gate on Gold Hill Road, exiting Hungry Valley toward Piru Creek

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View of Hungry Valley from Gold Hill Road

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Squirrel

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On Gold Hill Rd. just outside Hungry Valley heading into Los Padres National Forest, 4/12/08

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Indian Paintbrush, 4/12/08

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Campground next to Piru Creek, 4/12/08

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Piru Creek, 4/12/08

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Other areas nearby with good wildflower viewing include Gorman Post Road and Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve.  Also see the Tejon Pass & Gorman area page.

Rattlesnakes are found in these areas, please use caution and also visit my
Saftey page.  We have also seen mountain lions and coyotes.  Bear and wild boar are found in the Tejon Pass area.  I heard a cute saying the other day "when you enter the wilderness you become part of the food chain".  Very true in these parts!  This is very wild country, please use caution.


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