Wild for Wildflowers

To catch spring’s wildflowers in all their technicolor glory, naturalist Cat Taylor favors hiking Sunol Regional Wilderness’s Canyon…

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To catch spring’s wildflowers in all their technicolor glory, naturalist Cat Taylor favors hiking Sunol Regional Wilderness’s Canyon View Trail into Little Yosemite. “Sunol is really famous locally for its outstanding wildflowers,” she says. “The outcrops along this trail display almost pure stands of color: lavender hilltops of bird’s-eye gilia; brilliant yellow stands of goldfields; and hills of owl’s clover, poppies, and lupine.” The hike is a relatively easy three-mile loop on the Canyon View Trail and Camp Ohlone Rd. “There’s such variety in this short hike,” Taylor says. “I like to go up to the serpentinite outcrops; the colors are so beautiful that this is my favorite hike to lead in spring.” More information.

TIP: Flex your flower power at Sunol’s fifth annual Spring Wildflower Festival on Saturday, April 7, from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. Activities include naturalist-led hikes, slide shows and live music. Call 925-862-2601 or visit the above link for more information. *Sunol is an off-leash, dog-friendly park.

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