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Re: highway 140 Merced River commuters ?

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highway 140 Merced River commuters ?
March 08, 2010 12:42PM
Question for any of you Merced River commuters that range from further west than El Portal...

About the second week of March that we are now in, I would expect there are a few early redbuds blossoming along highway 140 and maybe even the start of a bit of orange poppy color on those steep hillsides across the river? Winter 150 days plot of remote gauge at Briceberg:

http://cdec.water.ca.gov/jspplot/jspPlotServlet.jsp?sensor_no=8429&end=03%2F08%2F2010+12%3A30&geom=medium&interval=150&cookies=cdec01

And similar 150 day plot for Yosemite Valley:

http://cdec.water.ca.gov/jspplot/jspPlotServlet.jsp?sensor_no=11569&end=03%2F08%2F2010+12%3A35&geom=medium&interval=150&cookies=cdec01

So looks like reasonable rains have fallen.
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March 10, 2010 06:40AM
How about anyone... please...


How are the flowers coming on 140 now?
When is the "peak" poppie time, generally?

Doesn't this area get suffucient rain every year to bloom incredibly?
I would think so with the way the storms move in.

Curious
avatar Re: highway 140 Merced River commuters ?
March 10, 2010 06:41AM
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bill-e-g
How are the flowers coming on 140 now?

Ok, I'll go take a look.
avatar Re: highway 140 Merced River commuters ?
March 10, 2010 06:34PM
There are some small flowers but it's certainly not anywhere near its peak. Lots of green though.
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March 13, 2010 04:48PM
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March 12, 2010 05:27PM
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DavidSenesac
About the second week of March that we are now in, I would expect there are a few early redbuds blossoming along highway 140 and maybe even the start of a bit of orange poppy color on those steep hillsides across the river?

While there wasn't much on Wednesday orange and white flowers are now showing. Down the dirt road from Briceburg is nice as is the slope near Slate Creek.
Re: highway 140 Merced River commuters ?
March 14, 2010 11:39PM
Thanks eeeeeeeeek. Slate Crick that's the spot. Last year hiked the decaying road on the north side 3 1/2 miles from the bridge then climbed the steep slopes. Will likely visit one of the next two weekends.
avatar Re: highway 140 Merced River commuters ?
March 15, 2010 09:15AM
Don't forget the Hites Cove Trail.

Also, walking up the Burma Grade is great for flowers. Within a few curves you'll be in a burn area.
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