If you have any questions that haven’t been answered, feel free to leave a comment below, or contact Timothy Green: tim at rattle dot com.
Is there lodging in Wrightwood if I want to spend the night?
Yes, Wrightwood is a ski resort town in the winter, so there are plenty of lodging options, including private cabins, bed & breakfasts, and traditional motels. Wrightwood Lodging (call Kris McCurdy: 760-249-1001) is offering a discount for participants the weekend of the festival. When you contact them, just say that you’re making a reservation for the Wrightwood Literary Festival.
What is the weather, typically, at the end of May—and how should I dress?
Days are sunny, with an average high around 70° F. Nights cool quickly, with the average low down to 44° F. Bring sunscreen and maybe a light jacket for the early evening. If participating in the haiku hike, particularly, be sure to wear sturdy shoes—but even if not, workshops are spread across the grounds and may require short walks over rocky dirt paths. Bring a walking stick if you like.
Are there any wild animals or poisonous plants to worry about?
The San Gabriel Mountains are home to black bears, mountain lions, coyotes, and bobcats, but the chances of any large animals being on the camp property are low, and all of them fear humans. Rattlesnakes are also rare, though encountering one is more likely than the others mentioned. If walking through forest areas, be sure to watch your step, and don’t put your hands in any occluded holes. As for plants, poodle-dog bush should be avoided, as it’s a skin-irritant similar to poison oak, but none has been seen on the grounds.
Are there any wild animals or plants to enjoy?
Of course! Nature is one of the things we’re here for. Trees on the camp grounds include ponderosa, jeffrey, sugar, and pinon pines; incense cedar; douglas and white firs; live oak; mountain mahogany; and California black oak. Many flowers might be blooming in late May: penstemon, fushia, western wallflower, mariposa lily, and lupine. Wrightwood is known for its many birds. Summer inhabitants include songbirds, such as the black-headed grosbeak, bullock’s oriole, western tanager and a variety of hummingbirds. Year round inhabitants include woodpeckers (e.g. red-shafted flicker, white-headed woodpecker, red-breasted sapsucker, acorn woodpecker, nuttall’s woodpecker and others), spotted and California towhee, oak titmouse, lesser goldfinch, western chickadee, western bluebird, house finch, stellar & scrub jays, mountain quail, sparrows and more. There are many raptors: red-tailed hawk, cooper’s hawk, merlin hawk, American kestrel, some owls, and an occasional golden eagle.
Is the camp wheelchair accessible?
The main buildings are wheelchair accessible, though the haiku hike is not. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.
Are there restrooms on-site?
Yes, there are full toilets in the main building, and outhouses at other parts of the camp.
Is the Wrightwood Literary Festival an annual event?
We hope so!
Are snacks and beverages served other than lunch and water or iced tea?
The morning reception will include free coffee and tea, as well as light snacks for purchase. Beyond that, bring your own snacks—and be sure to bring the garbage home with you when you leave!