Posted by: Sandy Steinman | August 10, 2017

Carson Pass Wildflowers

submitted by Charlie Russell of  California Wildflower Hikes

Yesterday I hiked to Winnemucca Lake at Carson Pass. The wildflowers are out in full force. The peak is right now, and things will start fading soon. The seeps at several locations are loaded with a huge variety of wildflowers.

Acres of paintbrush, larkspur, corn lilies, mules ears, various asters/fleabanes, and much more. Some of the earlier flowers are just about finished, such as the Leichtlin’s Mariposa Lily and Mountain Bluebells, but you can still find them if you poke about.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people hiking here, so parking at the trailhead (even on a weekday) was difficult.

There is just one patch of snow on the trail itself, before the lake. If you get as far as the lake, make sure that you go to the southwest side, where the trail continues up to Round Top Lake. There are many flowers there that you won’t see along the main trail, such as shooting stars and marsh marigolds (among others).

I didn’t hike up to Round Top Lake, as there was still a lot of snow and the trail going up the hill was very muddy.



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