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June Is Prime Wildflower Time at Lake Tahoe

Head out on a hike and find some of those pretty summer's-nearly-here blooms.

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    WHERE SHOULD YOU GO... to get your flower-focused longings met? You can waltz through the local market, the one with all of the baby-breath'd bouquets, if you need to find some blooms to admire. (And, no, waltzing isn't required, but finding delight in the daisies and roses and springs of greenery should be.) You can also call upon a public garden, the glorious kind with manicured plots and helpful signs and the wending, winding pathways that lead to all sorts of petal-packed sights. And you can seek out wildflowers, when it is the time of wildflowers, which, in...

    CALIFORNIA, can take up at least half the year, if not significantly more. For the state is home to some deserts and some mountain peaks, you may have heard, and the desert thorn blooms found in the drier arroyos come winter and the lupines that love to purple-up higher slopes come June and July are separated by a good six months, or nearly. And it so happens to be June, which means that slope-y spots, from Mono County to the western Sierra to Lake Tahoe, are putting on their lupine-lovely, fireweed-fantastic shows. So, where to go near Tahoe to seek out a colorful show?

    EAGLE FALLS... is one wonderful wildflowery choice as spring transforms into summer. Marlette Lake Trail, too, might have some photo-ready blooms, and Mt. Rose Trail, too, has seen sprays of purple in years gone by. Squaw Valley offers up a host of trails and chances to admire "blue gentians and white thimble berries." Just check whatever trail you choose for the level of difficulty, for length, and for any special considerations. And keep in mind that wildflower season is a big one in the Golden State. In fact, the Shasta Cascade's big moment is still ahead. And when it wraps? Be not blue, blossom buffs, for fall foliage time is nearly on the way.