Wednesday, May 3, 2017

DRIPPING SPRINGS (Riverside County, CA): March 24-25, 2017 Dripping Springs Campground, Dripping Springs Trail, Agua Tibia Wilderness, Cleveland National Forest

This was our third RV camping trip with our fur babies (1st was to Joshua Tree National Park, and 2nd to Idyllwild). Dripping Springs is a pet friendly campground in the Cleveland National Forest about 10.5 miles south of Temecula off SR79. There are 34 no hookup sites, some reservable and equestrian, each with fire pit and picnic table, with vault toilets nearby. The camp host is an older lady who lives in a trailer just past the entry to the campground - she tools around in a golf cart and stopped by our site to chat and check us in (I had reserved site#22 a couple months prior through www.recreation.gov). She warned us that there was a resident pack of coyotes and raccoons as large as a good-sized dog that may meander through the campground at night, so we should keep our pooches inside and get rid of any food remnants before turning in - something we would always do anyway during all of our camping excursions. As a result of a wet winter season here in SoCal, the campground was nicely green and the Arroyo Seco Creek flowing with water, a total contrast to the first time we visited Dripping Springs in August of 2016 when most of the vegetation was dry and on the crispy-brown side http://westernsojourns.blogspot.com/2016/09/dripping-springs-campground-cleveland.html

March 24, 2017:


Dripping Springs campground


Dripping Springs campground


Our campsite #22


Unloading the camping stuff




Lots of Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) around the campsite, a non-native herb (native to Europe, N. Africa, SW and Central Asia), which I grow in my own herb garden at home. Seems to have naturalized in many areas here in SoCal. 


Basketbush, Skunk Bush (Rhus aromatica), near campsite #22


Common Phacelia (Phacelia distans), growing in abundance around the campground

Sasha towering over her dad


Miniature Lupine (Lupinus bicolor), also abundant around the campsite


California Sycamore (Platanus racemosa), Dripping Springs campground

Coast Live Oaks (Quercus agrifolia), Dripping Springs campground


Tejon Cryptantha (Cryptantha microstachys), Dripping Springs campground


Chaparral Gilia (Gilia angelensis) near our campsite


A large patch of Common Phacelia (Phacelia distans), Dripping Springs campground

Giant Wild-Rye (Elymus condensatus) near our campsite

Not sure what it is about our fur babies need to stand on picnic tables...better view?





Wild Cucumber (Marah macrocarpa), above our campsite

Common Fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii), Dripping Springs campground


White Sage (Salvia apiana), Dripping Springs campground


Southern Suncup (Camissoniopsis bistorta), Dripping Springs campground

Vine Hill Manzanita? (Arctostaphylos densiflora), probably planted at the campground, not native


Sugarbush (Rhus ovata), Dripping Springs campground


Fenced off area of the Arroyo Seco Creek next to the campground, 
protecting the breeding area of the endangered Arroyo Toad (Anaxyrus/Bufo californicus).
The campground is usually closed April-May to protect the Arroyo Toad during its
breeding period.


Fenced off area of the Arroyo Seco Creek next to the campground 

Nevin's Barberry (Mahonia nevinii) near the campground entrance. 
Would be cool if this one was native, but most likely another planted specimen


California Aster (Lessingia filaginifolia var. filaginifolia), Dripping Springs campground

Sasha, traipsing through the greenery at the campsite


Gorgeous Western Redbud (Cercis occidentalis) in full bloom. 
Probably planted here on the campground.


Mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana), campground before 
Dripping Springs trailhead


Southern Honeysuckle (Lonicera subspicata var. denudata), Dripping Springs Trail

Torrey's Scrub Oak (Quercus x acuditens)? 
Campground before Dripping Springs trailhead

Narrowleaf Bedstraw (Gallium angustifolium), Dripping Springs trailhead


Giant Wild-Rye (Elymus condensatus), Dripping Springs trailhead

Dripping Springs trailhead


Dripping Springs trailhead


Dripping Springs trailhead

Dripping Springs trailhead

Dripping Springs trailhead


Dripping Springs trailhead

Dripping Springs trailhead at Arroyo Seco Creek crossing

Dripping Springs trailhead at Arroyo Seco Creek crossing

Dripping Springs trailhead at Arroyo Seco Creek crossing

Dripping Springs trailhead at Arroyo Seco Creek crossing

Dripping Springs trailhead at Arroyo Seco Creek crossing

Dripping Springs trailhead at Arroyo Seco Creek crossing

Dripping Springs trailhead at Arroyo Seco Creek crossing

Dripping Springs trailhead at Arroyo Seco Creek crossing

Dripping Springs trailhead at Arroyo Seco Creek crossing

Dripping Springs trailhead at Arroyo Seco Creek crossing

Dripping Springs trailhead at Arroyo Seco Creek crossing

Dripping Springs trailhead at Arroyo Seco Creek crossing


California Sycamores (Platanus racemosa) near Arroyo Seco Creek, 
Dripping Springs trail


Stinging Lupine (Lupinus hirsutissima), near Arroyo Seco Creek at Dripping Springs trailhead


California Poppies blooming at top of bluff near Arroyo Seco Creek at Dripping Springs trailhead

Mule Fat (Baccharis salicifolia), near Arroyo Seco Creek

California Poppies blooming at top of bluff near Arroyo Seco Creek at Dripping Springs trailhead

Near Arroyo Seco Creek

Royal Goldfields (Lasthenia coronaria) Dripping Springs trail

Near Arroyo Seco Creek

Wild Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus), Dripping Springs trail

Whitebark Ceanothus (Ceanothus leucodermis), Dripping Springs trail

Whitebark Ceanothus (Ceanothus leucodermis), Dripping Springs trail


Dripping Springs trailhead at Arroyo Seco Creek crossing


Parish's Nightshade (Solanum parishii), Dripping Springs trailhead

Heart-leaved Penstemon (Keckiellia cordifolia), 
Dripping Springs trailhead

Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia), Dripping Springs trailhead


Blue Dicks/Wild Hyacinth (Dichelostemma capitatum),
Dripping Springs trailhead

Southern Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata ssp. mexicana), Dripping Springs trailhead


Gil snoozing back at camp after our late afternoon trek to Dripping Springs trailhead


Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica), growing just above our campsite


View of the evening sky from our campsite

Gil, stoking the fire for dinner


Addy's found his sweet spot at the campsite


He's a handsome bear and he knows it!


Addy getting some love from his dad...


Ribeye steaks grilling over the campfire




Dinner is served: grilled ribeye steaks with homemade chimichurri sauce and a side of grilled peppers, zucchini, onions, and portabello mushrooms.


Saturday, March 25, 2017 (Dripping Springs Trail):



 Red Shanks (Adenostoma sparsifolium)


 Elegant Rockcress (Boechera californica)




 Elegant Rockcress (Boechera californica)


 Purple Owl's Clover (Castilleja exserta ssp. exserta)
 
Hoary-leaved Ceanothus (Ceanothus crassifolium)


 Hoary-leaved Ceanothus (Ceanothus crassifolium)


 Dripping Springs Trail at Wild Horse Trail junction


 
Gil and Sasha at Dripping Springs Trail at Wild Horse Trail junction


 Dripping Springs Trail at Wild Horse Trail junction


 Hairy Fringepod (Thysanocarpus curvipes)


(Leptosiphon floribundus)


Ground Pinks (Linanthus dianthiflorus)


 Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris)


 Bird's Foot Fern (Pellaea mucronata var. mucronata)


Goldback Fern (Pentagramma triangularis ssp. triangularis)


 Basketbush, Skunk Bush (Rhus trilobata)


 Pacific Sanicle (Sanicula crassicaulis)


 Unidentified (Sidalcea?)


Unidentified


Entering Agua Tibia Wilderness


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