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2018 Northern California And the Northwest Wildflowers

Feb 16, 2017 Stephen Reports: ​Pigeon Point, San Mateo County coastline.  Similar clover carpets from Moss Beach to Santa Cruz.




2017 Northern California And the Northwest

June 5, 2017 Stephen Reports: We found some beautiful patches of wildflowers on Westberg Peak in the forested areas around the Prater trail.  We visited 6/1/17. There are thousands of Bitterroot blooming in the flat areas west of the peak. Be aware that Bitterroot usually don't open until late morning. The Westberg trail is just south of Ellensburg WA.

May 31, 2017 John Reports: Redwood National Park is in bloom.  The higher elevations of Bald Hills road have very nice displays of lupine. There are also larkspur, vetch, a few poppies, and many other small ground flowers.  At the lower elevations, rhododendrons are in bloom.   Lady Bird Johnson trail should be excellent (didn't stop there is was so crowded, lots of photographers!).  There are still beach flowers at Dry Lagoon State Park and azaleas at the Stagecoach Hill Azalea Reserve near by but won't last much longer.




May 16, 2017 Stephen Reports: The cool wet weather is keeping the nice bloom going in eastern Washington.  These photos were taken from Umtanum Ridge near Ellensburg WA on 5/14/17.

May 8, 2017 Stephen Reports: A lot of folks are unaware that in Eastern Washington we have a desert also.  This year has been particularly good for wildflowers.  It is hitting peak around now.  We just got back from a hike to Waterworks Canyon and Cleman Mountain which is west of Yakima. The flowers are looking very good.  Balsamroot is dominant flower but there are many others. Beware of rattlesnakes. We had a close call with 2 of them. Photos taken 5/4/17.

March 29, 2017 Daniel Reports: There is now a good showing of wildflowers at the North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve in Oroville, CA. However, the flowers seem to be a bit late as compared to last year. Not as many poppies yet and many of the goldfields are small but growing. It might still be at least a week away from peak bloom. The most concentrated areas of flowers seem to be near the top of some of the small hills and surrounding the mounds of volcanic rock.

Because it rained the day before, several of my friends ended up with wet and muddy shoes. If you don't have water resistant shoes, it may be good to have an extra pair to change to when you get back to your vehicle. If you are going to hike to the waterfalls, it may require crossing and rock hoping over a couple small streams/ creeks along the way. There are some paths but no real established trails. The CDFW is not offering guided wildflower tours this year but there is staff by the entrance on the weekends to answer questions and help with directions. If you watch or follow many of the locals, they are all going about the same direction toward Phantom Falls walking straight out into the fields and going a bit to the right from the parking lot entrance. After going about 1 -2 miles you will see a lot more purple flowers as you get near Phantom Falls.

The Oroville Wildflower & Nature Festival will be this coming Saturday, April 1st from 10am to 4pm at the Nelson Complex. There is free admission to the event and guided wildflower bus tours up to Table Mountain with a $10 reservation donation.

March 13, 2017 Mark Reports: Tuolumne County foothills between the Stanislaus River and Yosemite are just starting. Table Mountain is beginning to bloom at the lower elevations near Knights Ferry. Red Hills are spotty with only a few hillsides starting to turn yellow. Deep in the river canyons Shooting Star, Saxifrage, Pacific Hounds Tongue and the endemic Tuolumne Fawn Lilly are blooming.

Jan 1, 2017 DUSA reports: More rain in northern California and Oregon this weekend good start for the upcoming wildflower season.


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