Category Archives: California Wildflowers

California Wildflower Hikes

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Early Season Wildflowers in Muir Woods

We were on a mission to find one flower that we’ve never seen before, the Fetid Adder’s Tongue. It’s one of the earlier flowers of the season, and it doesn’t last long. We hit the […]

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Woods Lake Wildflower Loop at Carson Pass

My favorite California wildflower region is the Carson Pass area in Alpine County. I’ve talked about the Carson Pass to Lake Winnemucca trail, and the Meiss Lake trail, this time we’ll take a loop from […]

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Mountain Quarries Bridge Trail

The Mountain Quarries Bridge trail is one of the easier hikes you can take. It is a short but pleasant spring hike across an old railroad bridge along the north fork of the American River, […]

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Sagehen Creek Wildflowers

Sagehen Creek is a fun, easy hike in the Sierras near Truckee, with a nice variety of wildflowers. Even though the elevation is around 6100 feet, the trail is relatively flat. The creek itself is […]

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Paradise Serpentine Barrens

OK, it sounds odd, “Paradise” and “Barrens” together? Well, “Paradise” in this case is the town of Paradise, near Chico, and the “Serpentine Barrens” is an interesting trail just past the town. So, the Paradise […]

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Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve Wildflowers

The Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve is an interesting site to visit in the Spring. Close to Lake Berryessa in the coastal range of Northern California, you have a couple of options. You can take the […]

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Yosemite Flowers: White Wolf

White Wolf is a campground and lodge in Yosemite National Park, just off of the Tioga Pass road. There is a meadow next to the lodge, and if you can time it right there is […]

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Grouse Ridge to Glacier Lake

The Grouse Lakes area has a number of good hiking trails, although it isn’t the easiest area to get to. There is a good trailhead at the Grouse Ridge campground. This year we took the […]

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Butterfly Valley Botanical Area

I’ve wanted to visit the Butterfly Valley Botanical Area for a long time, so when we went orchid hunting recently near Quincy we made sure that we had enough time to visit this area. Instead […]

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Orchids in Plumas County

More orchids in Plumas County! On the same trip where we found orchids near Quincy, we visited a few spots on the way up the Feather River Canyon. We found flowers in several places, but […]

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