Have you stopped to smell the flowers lately? It seems just about everywhere you go around the Tahoe Basin the wildflowers are blooming in abundance right now. Yesterday I did some mountain biking out in the Prosser Reservoir area and rode through several patches of some of the most vibrant wildflowers I’ve seen.
The mountain biking out in the Prosser Hill-Dam-Reservoir areas is good right now and a worthy spot to check out if you haven’t. The trails are dusty, and you might have some OHV company due to the many sick off-road trails in the greater zone, but it’s tough to beat miles of fun singletrack with the added beauty of the current wildflower blooms.
If you’re looking for local wildflower beta check out Wildflower Roger’s page. This site is all the beta you’ll ever need to check out the best wildflower scenery in Tahoe. The best bloom I’ve ever been fortunate enough to hike through came a few years back while doing the Tahoe Rim Trail. There’s a ton of amazing meadows you pass through on the trail, but the section between Big Meadow and Kingsbury Grade on the South Shore was the highlight. It was one of the more awe-inspiring scenes I’ve ever stumbled across in Tahoe, and it’s highly recommended if you want to check out the diversity of color and flowers that bloom for this short period of time every spring/summer. Roger ‘s website has links to the best wildflower hikes around Tahoe, what flowers you might see, and rates each trail based on its level of difficulty. Check it out, and do yourself a favor and go for a nice bike, hike, or run on one of these trails this week. The raw beauty of the wildflowers combined with added bonus of traveling a gorgeous Tahoe trail will do wonders for your week!
Photo Courtesy of Wildflower Roger