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Samuel P. Taylor State Park Wildflowers

Samuel P. Taylor State Park is an interesting mixture of dark forested streams, redwood trees, and grassy hillsides. It is a great place to find wildflowers, although it is a real mix of native and […]

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Red Hills ACEC Wildflowers

The Red Hills ACEC is an interesting, out-of-the-way place to look for wildflowers, near Chinese Camp on the east side of the central valley. It is a large expanse of exposed serpentine soil which supports […]

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Homestead Valley Wildflower Treasure Hunt

Homestead Valley is a fun place to look for wildflowers in Marin County. It’s like a combination of a maze and a treasure hunt. There are many intersecting trails, so you need a good map […]

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Mount Burdell Wildflower Hike

The Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve is a wonderful oasis of green in Marin County that contains a number of hiking trails. There’s an interesting mixture of habitats, with open grasslands, oak forests, a large […]

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Late Season Hike at Grass Lake

You can still find wildflowers late in the summer if you head up to the higher elevations. We visited Grass Lake near the end of August, and there were plenty of flowers of interest. This hike […]

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Caples Creek Trail

The Caples Creek trail is a great place to see a variety of spring wildflowers and enjoy a robust mountain creek in the Eldorado National Forest. It’s a moderately difficult out-and-back trail that takes you to […]

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Mt Tamalpais Laurel Dell

Mt. Tamalpais has an incredible number of trails, and a very long wildflower season. You can find interesting flowers from February through May, and every month has a different selection. On this hike we visited […]

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Lyons Creek

Even in drought years you can find amazing displays of wildflowers in the Sierras. Lyons Creek Trail, in Eldorado National Forest (off of Highway 50) is a fun trail that offers a wide variety of […]

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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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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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