I'm thinking of heading to Carrizo Sunday afternoon to check out what's left of the flowers. I've never been there, so I'd appreciate any advice where to go. If anyone wants to meet up, I'm game for that too!
Thanks a lot Jeffrey - that's really helpful!Hi Kyle, I was there last week and am returning for another night soon. Most of what Jim said is true but not all. I refer to the Carrizo as being a north/south valley, though it is actually about 45 degrees off true north. Soda Lake Road is the main drag. The Temblor Range is to the east (relative to my orientation). First off, the bloom will still be great when you get there, and will be everywhere. And, you can either plan to drive to a few select areas or, since the place is not that large, you can simply drive around and explore. Way more fun. You'll probably be coming in from the top, off rt 58. You'll see Soda Lake and the Education center early on. I like the areas south of KCL Campground and then west along one of the few dirt roads you'll easily find that head west off of Soda Lake Rd. When you get further south, try the loop of Lawson Springs Rd/Padrones Canyon Rd. North of that is a noticeable low mesa close to the road and a dirt road very close to it and just north of it. Can't miss these turns. I camp back in these areas. Then you can take Panorama Road across the plain to Elkhorn Road where you can drive north or south for a while. Beautiful hills there. Unless rains make all these dirt roads muddy, they are very smooth and a pleasure to navigate. Beware of the mud in some places there, as it is the gooiest and stickiest shit I've ever encountered. You don't need 4wd but it's nice to have and any high clearance SUV or truck will be fine.
Here's a decent map showing places I mentioned:
Have a great time! Here's one from last week among the hills west of Soda Lake Road:
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