When and where to find blooms in the Mother Lode.

March: Table Mountain (Bureau of Land Management parcel and area east and northeast of Yosemite Junction along Highway 108): gold fields, phacelia, buttercups.


April to May: Red Hills area (Red Hill Road off J59 to Chinese Camp and areas off Old Don Pedro Road): gold fields, monkey flowers, brodiaea, poppies. Sonora-Jamestown area (along back roads): buttercups, fiddleneck, shooting stars, five spot, baby blue eyes, phacelia, gold fields. Wards Ferry Road (leading to North Fork of Tuolumne River): mule ears, brush lupines, popcorn plant, buttercups, brodiaea, owl’s clover, Mariposa lilies. Parrotts Ferry Road (from Columbia to Melones): lupine, Indian paint brush, Chinese houses, fairy lanterns, red bud trees in bloom.


May to June: Pine Mountain Lake-Groveland (along Ferretti Road) — brodiaea, lupines, owl’s clover, buttercups. Moccasin-Big Oak Flat (along Highway 49 to Mariposa border) —similar to Parrotts Ferry wildflowers (red buds also in bloom).


June: Herring Creek-Pinecrest (off Highway 108): mountain pride, Indian paintbrush, yampah, Sierra iris, pennyroyal, showy phlox, scarlet bugler, Bigelow’s sneezeweed, monkey flowers, orchids, violets, pussy paws. Sonora-Twain Harte: snow plant, wild sweet peas, trillium, blue and purple penstemon, Washington lily, pussy paws (dogwood also in bloom).


July-August: Sonora Pass (along Highway 108 and in Iceberg Meadow at end of Clark Fork Road): Sierra asters, nightshade, forget-me-not, Columbines, penstemon, Missouri iris, Mariposa lilies, phlox, scarlet gilia, wild onions.


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