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Deadman Canyon

Deadman Canyon

Nearest Metro Area: Fresno
California 93271
UNITED STATES
Deadman, Canyon, Twin, Lakes, Ranger, Lake, Elizabeth, Pass

 

Mount Sizer

Mount Sizer

Nearest Metro Area: Morgan Hill
California 95037
UNITED STATES
Mount, Sizer, Blue, Ridge

 

Waterfall Trail

Waterfall Trail

Nearest Metro Area: Big Sur
California 93920
UNITED STATES

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5.13.14

Wildflower MonthWith spring in full swing, chances are you’ve had flowers on the mind lately. Perhaps a getaway to see some of the finest wildflowers in the country is in order? These six places have been hailed as some of the best areas for spring and summer blossom viewing in the nation.  

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, California

Although the wildflower blooms in this reserve reached their peak on May 4, there are still a good number of flowers painting the hills vivid colors. Poppy fields will remain for another two weeks and two wildflowers -- beavertail cacti and buckwheat -- have yet to reach their height. If you’re more of the planning type, be sure to go in April, when the nearby town of Lancaster holds an annual California Poppy Festival featuring live music and family-friendly activities like camel rides.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee

The most visited national park in the US, the Great Smoky Mountains covers areas across both North Carolina and Tennessee. With extensive wildflower bloom information updated multiple times a week, this national park makes it easy for you to plan the perfect time to visit and see all your favorite wildflowers. After seeing some of the 1,500 varieties of flowering plants, you’ll understand why many have nicknamed it “Wildflower National Park.”

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park has over 200,000 acres of protected lands and boasts more than 850 species of wildflowers. While it’s too late to catch some of the popular flowers, including purple violets and pink lady slippers, the later spring and early summer months still bring plenty of colorful buds to take in. Keep an eye out for columbines, ox-eye daisies, and orange touch-me-nots around this time of year.

Fort Pierre National Grassland, South Dakota

This mixed-grass prairie covers over 100,000 acres and is a special sight in the summer when wildflowers are in full bloom. If you’re not as excited about the opportunities for spotting bluebells, bellflower, and Eastern red columbine, you can alternatively keep an eye out for some of the more lively species inhabiting the area, like prairie dogs and burrowing owls.

Glacier National Park, Montana

Fortunately for the latecomers to the wildflower scene, the species in Glacier National Park typically don’t peak until July and August. This may feel far into the future, but planning a trip to see the nearly 1,000 species of blossoms will be worth the wait. Make sure to get the inside scoop on which trails will be best for wildflower-viewing. If you want a flower-filled weekend you can even stay overnight in one of the park’s historic lodges or campsites.

White Mountains, New Hampshire

Despite this year’s polar vortex, wildflowers will still come to New Hampshire! Orchids are typically the first to blossom, kicking off wildflower season in late May. Make your travel arrangements now to come out during the 21st Annual Celebration of Lupines during the month of June in Franconia Notch. If the bright blankets of lupines covering the ground isn’t enough to convince you to book your travel now, the month will also feature a variety of ongoing and one-time events that attract crowds from far and wide.

-- image courtesy of iStock/jamcgraw

Jessica ZischkeJessica Zischke is a former editorial intern at Sierra. She is currently studying environmental studies at Dartmouth College. On campus she works as an editor of Dartbeat, the blog of the student-run newspaper The Dartmouth, and as the Sustainability Chair for her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta.

 

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Sierra Club Outings - Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies

Join a Sierra Club Outing in one of 22 countries. Visit an isolated eco-retreat in Costa Rica, take in Turkey's magnificent Mediterranean coast, or check out our other international trips. You'll find a full list of outings with space available here. Join us!

The photo is of Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies. And yes, it really is that color.

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Local Outings

Local chapter and group outings are generally open to members and non-members alike. A few outings may require membership, but most do not. No fees are charged either, except for incidental expenses like park-entry costs.

Our outings leaders are Sierra Club volunteers, and the range of outings is as diverse as their interests. Depending on where you are, you can choose from day hikes, peak scrambles, bicycling, cross-country skiing, bird-watching, conservation-oriented walks, or forays into the remaining natural areas of our major cities.

In short, Sierra Club outings are a great way to find out about local conservation issues while enjoying the great outdoors!

Learn more about local conservation issues: Find your Sierra Club chapter or group online!

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The Future of Trails
We've made the tough decision that we can't continue growing the Sierra Club Trails community. For now, we will maintain the trails write-ups that hundreds of you have contributed, but are doing away with the groups, discussion forum, and photo gallery. We hope that someday all of that material can go into a new and improved version of Trails, but we don't have any firm plans yet.
-- December 2010

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