Catch the Wildflowers while you still canPosted May 2, 2008 by Laura Armstrong
Every year the locals in the Coloma/Lotus Valley look forward to the Spring show on Mt. Murphy. Blankets of wild California Poppies ring in the onset of spring and paint it’s south facing slopes a golden hue that is utterly breathtaking (especially when the alpinglow sets in just before sundown.)
Though our state flower has already displayed most of it’s gorgeous seasonal colors, you still can catch a glimpse of perennial beauties such as lupin, coreopsis, calendula along the South Fork canyon of the American River. There is plenty of color to be seen in early May when you raft down the Upper section of the South Fork just above its most infamous rapid, Trouble Maker. Rafting in April ensures that you see the greatest abundance of wildflowers but the river continues to provide treats for those who play in its waters and visit its shores. Next up, riverside blackberries in late summer!
Above/Right: Lupin in the hills above the Upper South Fork American.
Below: Thousands of springtime poppies pepper Mt. Murphy in April.