Wildflower wonders in our county

Each spring, Nevada County partners up with Mother Nature to put on the most colorful wildflower show around. Depending on weather, this annual riot of vibrant color begins around March in lower elevations and continues into June and beyond in the high country. From March through April, wildflower peeping abounds in the Bridgeport area that skirts the South Yuba River. The Buttermilk Bend Trail features delicate Fairy Lanterns and Zig Zag Larkspur, among others. And don’t miss the wildflower-laden Independence Trail off Hwy. 49, 5.5 miles northwest of Nevada City. At the 6,000-foot elevation wildflower viewing gets started after the snow melts. The Loney Meadow Interpretive Trail in the Yuba River Ranger District and the Sagehen Creek Trail both offer spectacular wildflower viewing from mid-June to July; expect to see stunning Camas lilies, fawn lilies, and much more botanical bounty.