Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 4, 2019

Sagehen Creek Trail Wildflowers 6/3/19

Report submitted by Daniel in Sacramento on 6/3/19.
Sagehen Creek Trail Camas Lilies. There is now a good showing of camas lilies in a meadow along the Sagehen Creek Trail near the Stampede Reservoir. The hike is about 4.5 miles round trip. Since half of these wildflowers appear to still be growing out, it might be about one more week before peak bloom. However, since the creek is running higher than usual, you must be willing to get your feet wet since the meadow with the camas lilies is on the other side of the creek from the trail. I crossed the creek in four different locations, but the simplest route might be just after the log bench before you get to the reservoir. There are less obstacles here and the creek also seems to flow less swiftly the closer you get to the reservoir. The downside is you have to walk in the direction back down the creek at least a couple hundred yards in the meadow to get to where the camas lilies are. Even if you are facing the right direction away from the reservoir, you might not see the flowers off in the distance.
I did not see any planks to cross the creek. There was one wooden block but there are at least 3 or 4 narrow water crossings before you get to the other side. You must be willing to cross in at least knee deep water, but it was not as cold as I thought it would be. I thought it was a bit muddy or mushy walking through the meadow with camas lilies. I would say there are about three sections of camas lilies that extend almost the full length of this meadow.
There is a small field of yellow flowers next to the trail before the reservoir, but the big show of camas lilies is in a meadow almost exactly on the other side of the creek. I am providing detailed directions because being my first time to this location; I almost didn’t find the meadow with camas lilies. The Sagehen Creek trailhead starts from a small dirt lot on the north side of the creek immediately right after Highway 89 crosses it. Sagehen Creek is about 6.7 miles north from the Hwy 80 intersection.

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