Four Great Santa Cruz Wildflower Spots


Hello, sunshine! A mountain dandelion photographed in the Panoche Valley by Al Frisby.

Happy First Day of Spring! Wildflower season around these parts starts in March, roars through April and stumbles home with a headache in May, so start planning your wildflower hikes now. Our friend Al Frisby, musician and wildflower expert extraordinaire, said a couple of weeks ago that the wildflowers were starting to go off in the Panoche Valley near Pinnacles. And all around town the fragrance of blossoms is in the air.

Whether you’re looking for lupines at Quail Hollow, wild iris at Wilder, Indian paintbrush at Waddell Creek or mountainous blooms like the Mariposa lily at Pinnacles, you’re in luck. Grab a friend, pack a lunch, charge the camera and get ready to come face-to-face with nature’s best handiwork at these proven wildflower hunting grounds. Read all about them at the Hilltromper guide to spring wildflower hikes.


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