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Re: Tehipite Valley

Postby maverick » Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:28 pm

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Re: Tehipite Valley

Postby East Side Hiker » Fri Oct 29, 2010 7:55 am

Oh, now I know what "pm" means.

Red Hills (white brodiaea) and Alabama Hills (evening snow) in the spring. Hope Valley for blue camas, waterleaf, bog onion, and Hesperochiron californica, trail from Woods Lake to Winnemucca Lake for all kinds of great flowers in the forest (low polemonium) as well as in the open, the highlands above Caples Lake from trial that starts at the dam, all above South Lake, road from Panther Spr to Salt Cr Res and down to Tiger Cr Res., Lundy Canyon, crest above Virginia Lakes, all the mdws in the Sonora Pass area, Highland Lakes, mdws above Pacific Valley, Horseshoe Mdw, Lundy Pass Loop, Tioga Crest, mdws up trail to Mt. Dana, both Mono Passes, trail to Morgan Pass...
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Re: Tehipite Valley

Postby East Side Hiker » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:22 am

Re: Maverick's insightful comment on the Hwy 140 wildfire. Usually post-fire floral displayes are fabluous, especially for annuals and genuses in (former) Liliaceae (which now has been broken into 9 different families in the updated Jepson). Calochortus (still Liliaceae) and Dichelostemma (now Themidaceae) in particular flourish following a fire.
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Re: Tehipite Valley

Postby East Side Hiker » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:55 am

This is what I feared - going crazy thinking about all the places with great flower shows. And the problem with doing emails - so much escapes the monment you're writing.

Like Maverick said above - one can be somewhere and see a great floral display, and then never see it there again. So hit and miss...

This past April, the trail to Sawmill Pass rocked with flowers. Solid carpet, primarily lupine.

Also, the route to Birch Mtn, outta Big Pine, in early July (?), was solid purple hillsides of lupine. Incredible. Far as you could see.

And the desert peach from Woodfords on down to the Sawmill Pass trailhead earlier in the year was great this year. There were huge patches of it at Sawmill in early April. I didn't even realize it grew there.
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Re: Tehipite Valley

Postby maverick » Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:11 am

Thanks Jdunne for your post, and pm, very enlightening with lots of great information.
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Re: Tehipite Valley

Postby East Side Hiker » Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:24 pm

I'm still trying to figure out if late June is too early to start from the Crown Valley trailhead to get to Tehipite Valley.
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Re: Tehipite Valley

Postby East Side Hiker » Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:38 pm

I'm now thinking I might try for a late May trip to Tehipite Valley (like May 20). Might be some snow going over into the Crown basin, but I'm hoping that's all.

Any thoughts by those who are in the know?
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Re: Tehipite Valley

Postby vandman » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:14 am

I think June would be the best time for Tehipite wildflowers. The roads should be clear in early to mid June. I parked my car at Wishon Reservoir. You are more likely to see the best wildflower displays in the vast meadows on the way to Tehipite Valley. The Valley is a steep V shaped riparian habitat, and has no meadow. The soil is dry and sandy, but there should be a lot of interesting flora. Maybe even some endemic plants.
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Re: Tehipite Valley

Postby East Side Hiker » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:03 pm

I believe Tehipite Valley is a steep "U" shaped valley, due to the glaciation.
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Re: Tehipite Valley

Postby TehipiteTom » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:49 pm

Yes, definitely U-shaped (V-shaped further upstream, though; maybe that's what vandman had in mind?). But Vandman is right about it not being particularly meadowy; there are broad sandy sparsely-vegetated flats in the Valley. There is at least one endemic species, Streptanthus fenestratus (Tehipite Valley Jewelflower).

The one species I can guarantee you'll see is Toxicodendron diversilobium.
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Edit: here's a (not necessarily comprehensive0 species list from the CalFlora database.
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Re: Tehipite Valley

Postby vandman » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:38 am

It's a steeeeep U shape more like a UV, you'll see when you get there. Not near as wide as Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite or South Fork of Kings Canyon. Not enough room for concession stands or tour buses.
Here's a pic for inspiration. Taken at the widest point in the valley, in the morning, with the tripod planted in the middle of the middle fork, with trout nibbling at my toes.
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Re: Tehipite Valley

Postby lambertiana » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:21 pm

More inspiration, from the rim
Kings Canyon 2007 055.jpg


Where the trail meets the river
Kings Canyon 2007 068.jpg


And on the valley floor in the main part of Tehipite Valley
Kings Canyon 2007 074.jpg
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