|Coordinates:||34.73683 N 119.99483 W|
|No:||24 (list of all attractions)|
|Address:||North America, United States, California, Santa Barbara County, 45 km north-west from Santa Barbara, Los Padres National Forest, hillsides of Figureoa Mountain, especially the eastern hillside|
|Dominating species:||California poppy ((Eschscholzia californica Cham.), sky lupine (Lupinus nanus Douglas ex. Benth.) and others|
California poppy meadows are very diverse. While the majestic Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve or Carrizo Plain offer desolate, treeless landscape, hillsides of the Figueroa Mountain represent a beautiful, refreshing sight - lush meadows full with flowers. Add a stately backdrop of forested mountains and Figueroa Mountain poppy and lupine fields make a perfect landscape.
Nearly every year in late February - April the beautiful landscape is supplemented by millions of Californian flowers. Hillsides are covered with a mix of blue and bright orange colors - blue are sky lupines and orange - the magnificent California poppies. For diversity in many locations one can see patches of magenta padre's shooting stars (Dodecatheon clevelandii Greene), chocolate lilies (Fritillaria biflora Lindl.). In more open areas there are rich displays of goldfields (Lasthenia ssp.) and numerous other flowers.
Surroundings of Figueroa Mountain serve as a beautiful retreat for people from nearby cities. National Forest Scenic Byway (Highway 33) is winding through the Los Padres National Forest, offering unforgettable experience for those who do not have such luxury as extra time to afford lengthy trips in the depths of wilderness. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails though offer endless possibilities to those who can afford hefty walks or mountain biking.
In fact visit in spring is more advisable - later in summer there is high risc of forest fires and visitors have more restrictions.
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Figueroa Mountain poppy and lupine fields are included in the following list:
- Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area, Celebrating Wildflowers, US Forest Service. Accessed on February 27, 2010
Named for the Spanish padres who established a network of missions along California's southern and central coasts, the Los Padres National Forest is the second-largest National Forest in the state, encompassing approximately 1,950,000 acres -- nearly half of which is federally-designated wilderness.
Santa Barbara is a captivating, inviting community that is located in a natural, beautiful setting along California's Pacific coast. The temperate climate and refreshing ocean breezes, very similar to the Mediterranean, have distinguished this area as "the jewel of the American Riviera." The landscape around the city includes mountainous terrain, preserved forests and wilderness areas, and stretches of undeveloped coast, allowing this scenic area to have miles of quiet, secluded hiking trails.