I used to live in the town of Oroville in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, a town that once had its economy based on logging and the railroad, both in serious decline. The location of Oroville, in my mind, is superb, with access to some of the most beautiful mountains, as well as the somewhat unique topography of flat topped buttes that are old lava flows. Table Mountain, that rises behind the town of Oroville, has been preserved for its wildflowers, and a better display of spring wildflowers is hard to find.
Each spring I go back, my routine as fixed as the migrating geese. This spring is not spectacular (everyone wants a peak display!), but the beauty of the place itself compensates for any lack of flowers in a dry year. Where else can you go to hike over thousands of acres with no trails, no rangers, no parking lots, no concessions and very few people? You can even take your dogs.
There still were wildflowers, although not in the abundance of previous years. Bulbs can be found everywhere, the area rich with Alliums, all members of the Brodiaea group, Erythroniums, Lilies, Lewisias, and, of course, Calochortus.
Tomorrow --- Flowers of the Feather River Canyon