Blue Rock Ridge starts in Cachagua near the Los Padres Dam, quickly enters the Ventana Wilderness, and rises all the way to the Big Pines area at the headwaters of Danish Creek. But it’s not a smooth ascent. There’s a lot of up and down along the way. The “Big Box” fireline, created during the Marble Cone Fire and reopened twice since, runs along the top. It’s a great place for ticks, poison oak and, outside of the dozer scar, for wildflowers.
Checker Lily (Fritillaria affinis)
A clump of California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica)
Owl’s Clover (Castilleja exserta)
Narrow Leaved Owl’s Clover (Castilleja attenuata)
Shooting Star (Dodecatheon clevelandii)
Trail junction. The path on the left leads to Danish Creek. The path on the right to Big Pines.
The chaparral recovers quickly from fire. The purple balls are blooming Chia (Salvia columbariae).
New leaves on the old oak
The Wilderness Boundary
Toothwort (Cardamine californica)
Pacific Houndstongue (Cynoglossum grande)
A young Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula californiae) explores the forest floor.
Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) crowds the trail.
Red-Rayed Hulsea (Hulsea heterochroma)
Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon sp.)
Narrow-Leaved Mules Ears (Wyethia angustifolia)
Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)
A pink Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus)?