Exploring Native Wildflowers in Nevada County

Before setting out, be sure to confirm that the flowers you’re tracking actually are in bloom. Have a map ready — and, if you’ll be hiking, pack comfortable shoes, plenty of water and a raincoat or umbrella for those April showers.

The wildflowers of the South Yuba River start to bloom the first part of March and they should be at full bloom between the end of March and the first part of April. The bloom continues until the end of April, depending on the weather. Spring rains extend the wildflower season.

PLEASE NOTE: It is illegal to pick or remove wildflowers from state park property. Please help us to protect this beautiful resource; take only pictures and fond memories.

Yuba-Donner Wildflower Loop


This federally designated scenic loop northwest of Lake Tahoe touches numerous parts of Nevada County, taking its name from the two 7,000-foot Sierra passes it traverses.


The route passes through numerous small towns and historic villages, along aspen-lined riverbanks and past hillsides cloaked with evergreen and deciduous foliage.

To get there:

The byway officially begins where state highways 20 and 49 intersect in the Grass Valley-Nevada City area. From there, it follows Highway 49 on a clockwise route through North San Juan, Camptonville and the historic Gold Rush towns of Downieville and Sierra City. At Sierraville, the route turns south on Highway 89. If you’re returning to Sacramento, follow Highway 89 to Truckee, Interstate 80 and home.

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