Saturday, March 26, 2016

Noble Canyon in Mid-March

I love Noble Canyon in Mt Laguna because it is 10 miles in one direction, passing through many different ecosystems. You always have to choose whether you wish to hike it top-down or bottom-up. Unless you park a car at each end and hike with a friend, you have to do an out-and-back. For me, that means I don't finish the entire trail, since I'm not yet up to hiking 20 miles at a time. No matter which way you go, Noble Canyon is a reliable place for seeing tons of wildflowers. This time around, at least in the higher elevations, the flower season really had not started yet. Even still, here's what I saw.

Near the Penny Pines trailhead on S-1 (Sunrise Highway) there were tons of Baby Blue Eyes and California buttercups.

Baby Blue Eyes
Baby Blue Eyes

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California buttercup

Baby Blue Eyes

Going on a little way, I saw a mountain violet:

Mountain Violet

And, of course, lots of manzanita:

Manzanita

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Cryptantha
Cryptantha

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Western Wallflower
Western Wallflower

Tons of ceanothus:

Ceanothus

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Butterfly

Butterfly
The same butterfly as above

Summer Snow
Summer Snow

Paintbrush
Paintbrush

I thought that was all, since the light was almost gone. But there was a little bit more:

Wild Peas
Wild peas

Penstemon
And a penstemon

Later in the season, the trail will be covered in paintbrushes, penstemon, phacelias, summer snow, and more. It's a trail to visit often throughout the spring and early summer.

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