Submitted by Charlie Russell Wildflower Hikes
Yesterday I hiked the Redbud Trail in Lake County, taking the five mile round trip from the parking lot off of Highway 20 out to Cache Creek and back. Cache Creek has too much water to continue on the trail past that point. While the grass is much higher this year, obscuring the vistas of flowers that I saw last year, there still are a tremendous number of flowers to be seen. Here’s the list of what I found this year, as far as I have identified so far.
Tall Snapdragon, Fiddleneck, multiple species of Lupine including Sky Lupine, Miniature Lupine, Butter Lupine, Blow Wives, Valley tassles, popcorn flower, Butter ‘n Eggs, Q-tips, Purple Owl’s Clover, Ithuriel’s Spear, Wallflower, Blue Dicks, several Lomatiums including the rare Hoover’s Lomatium, Wild Onion, Small flowered Nemophila, Man-root, Buttercups, Blue eyed grass, Golden fairy lantern, Chinese Houses, Hillside Collinsia, several species of Larkspur including Western Larkspur, Indian clover, Dwarf Sack Clover, Purple Sanicle, Indian Warrior, Miner’s Lettuce, Yarrow, Chilean Trefoil, Windmill Pink, Bird’s Eye Gilia, Ground Iris, Chia Sage, California Poppy, Purple Needle Grass, and others I haven’t identified yet.
If you are a landscape photographer looking for hillsides of color, this isn’t the year to go here. If you have an interest in botany, individual flowers, this is a great hike right now. You only have to go in a half mile to find many wonderful flowers. Hiking all the way to Cache Creek – you don’t need to go that last mile from the crest of the trail down to the creek (and then back), there wasn’t anything down there that I didn’t see on the way up.
photo of Ground Iris from trip: http://photos.russellramblings.com/Nature/California-Wildflowers/i-K8D9D5D/A