Carrizo Plain area advice

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by tar356, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. D.Bachtel

    D.Bachtel Been here awhile

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    Think I'm heading out there this weekend.
    I'm expecting very little dust and a bit of green.
    I'll let you know....

    Don in Nipomo
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  2. wfo600

    wfo600 Been here awhile

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    Rode through last sunday. First time through and rode right up the middle on Soda Lake Rd. Was on a DR650 but could have made it on a sport bike. Was not at all the challenge I thought it would be, but I was on my way from So Cal to Buttonwillow raceway for the day so I didn't have a ton of time to explore. There was no dust, and no flowers. Enjoyable none the less...
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  3. D.Bachtel

    D.Bachtel Been here awhile

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    Left or right at the fork on your way by KCL?
    It's nice out there almost anytime. Not enough trees for the triple digits.
    Not much of a challenge, but plenty of solitude.


    Don in Nipomo
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  4. wfo600

    wfo600 Been here awhile

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    I went right at the fork. I had no idea how long it would take to traverse and a friend was kind enough to let me ride his track bike if I made it to buttonwillow in time, (that waterproof bag on the back has my full race leathers in it..) so I was of a mind to take the known path this time...
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  5. slugdad

    slugdad Been here awhile

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    jim, you surprise me. i had no idea you were into flora
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  6. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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    His been known to faun all over Flora. :D
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  7. tar356

    tar356 Adventurer

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    Quick question....is there cell coverage on the Carrizo?
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  8. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    ATT coverage at park hq. I checked in with home from there, not sure about anywhere else.
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  9. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

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    No Verizon coverage for me at KCL campground.
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  10. scotts_4x

    scotts_4x lookin for a ride

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    No att coverage at kcl but it'll work at the store in cal valley
    -scott
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  11. Spokes75

    Spokes75 n00b

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    Did someone say, "stealth camp"

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    I got very limited phone service, but useable nonetheless. I brought up this map at my site along Elkhorn Rd. it was around 6pm last Friday and not a single vehicle passed. It did get pretty windy though. I tried to pick a place that would shield me from wind.

    Was this legal?..Probably not.
    Could you tell I was there after I left?.. No
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  12. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

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    No bloom down there yet? Or has it already come and gone for this year?
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  13. slugdad

    slugdad Been here awhile

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    very little 2 weeks ago

    amsinckia tessellata?
    cryptantha sp.
    astragalus sp.
    lessingia sp.
    typical grasses

    hard to key plants at 20mph :cry
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  14. jckid

    jckid Been here awhile

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    Any update on wildflowers or lack thereof?
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  15. watchmen

    watchmen Been here awhile

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    When I was there on March 24th there was a serious lack of wildflowers.

    This was the most I really saw, and it was pretty rare to see that many in one area. Hopefully I was just seeing the beginning of it and not the end of it.

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  16. Easyrider Jay

    Easyrider Jay n00b

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    I think all flowers are gone..


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