Category Archives: California Wildflowers

California Wildflower Hikes

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North Table Mountain Beatson Hollow

The North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve (near Oroville, CA) is one of my favorite wildflower sites to visit. I try to get there every year, and I’m never disappointed. I’ve written about it in prior years. […]

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Chimney Rock at Point Reyes

Chimney Rock at Point Reyes National Seashore is an easy hike where you can see a wide variety of wildflowers. There are many that are found only in California (endemic), and several that are listed as […]

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Modini Mayacamas Preserves Wildflowers

The road through the Modini Mayacamas Preserves is an interesting drive for wildflowers in the hills of Sonoma County. It is an out-of-the-way area that doesn’t have a lot of traffic, although you do have […]

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Lucas Valley to Loma Alta

There are a number of hikes that start from Lucas Valley Road in Marin County. This hike starts at the Big Rock trailhead and heads up into the hills, towards the Loma Alta Open Space […]

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Sonoma Valley Regional Park

The Sonoma Valley Regional Park is an easy early-season wildflower hike. The trails aren’t too demanding, and there is a nice selection of wildflowers. We visited this area in February 2018, a year where there wasn’t […]

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Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake for Wildflowers

The Big Meadow trailhead is the start for a number of excellent wildflower hikes in the South Lake Tahoe area. Want a short hike to see a beautiful meadow with wildflowers? Start at Big Meadow! […]

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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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