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Live Life in Full Bloom in Tuolumne County

By Katie Kirkland | 02/07/2020 | Events, Family, Guided Tours, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Outdoor Adventure, Parks and Public Lands, Relaxation & Rejuventation, Stanislaus National Forest, State Parks, Whitewater Rafting

Live Life in Full Bloom in Tuolumne County

Spring is blooming throughout the rolling hills of Gold Country, the meadows of Yosemite National Park, and the peaks of the High Sierra. Warmer weather melts the snow, making for amazing waterfalls. Flowers start to bloom on mountainsides and in vast meadows, painting the landscape with vibrant shades of yellow, blue, purple, and orange. The days are extended with lasting sunshine that gives adventurers more time to explore the great outdoors. 

Oh, Yosemite National Park, We Think You’re Dandy and We’re not Lion- Hetch Hetchy is an off the beaten path, hidden gem in Yosemite National Park. Hetch Hetchy is a mecca for wildflowers and wildlife that line the trail to Wapama Falls. Hug a tree and marvel at some of the oldest trees in the world at the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. With a short 2-mile round trip hike, visitors will be surrounded by nearly two dozen sequoia trees. Spring wouldn’t be complete without a frolic and Tuolumne Meadows is perfect for frolicking, rock climbing, and sightseeing. Spring starts the kick-off to whitewater rafting and what better place to raft than the famous Tuolumne River.

Gold Country is Blooming with Good Vibes- Take a trip back in time to and celebrate Columbia State Historic Park’s 75th anniversary. Happening every May, one of the most authentic experiences is the Columbia Diggins’ 1852. Spring into Historic Downtown Sonora, and re-fresh with a tea for the ailments and an ionic foot soak at Amala Detox and Tea Lounge. Spring welcomes the seasonal Sonora Farmers Market with farm-fresh goods, flowers, and products from local merchants. Jamestown offers wildflower lovers the chance to see the blooming Mother Lode. Wildflower train rides at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park run during the month of April. Soak in the fresh spring air with a wildflower hike at Red Hills or Table Mountain.

Red Hills

Not a Daisy Goes by Where We Don’t Think of Spring in the High Sierra- Sprawling meadows, crystal clear lakes, deep canyons, and unique mountain formations make up Tuolumne County’s High Sierra. The quaint mountain town of Twain Harte is buzzing during spring with small cafes, mountain eateries, and even a classic miniature golf course. Explore the vast beauty of the Stanislaus National Forest and catch some sights of wildflowers and waterfalls on one of these accessible trails: the Pinecrest Lake Loop, the Sugar Pine Railway Trail, or the Westside Railroad Trail. Wildflowers put on a show all the way into summer, catch the bloom in the higher regions by way of horseback. Outfitters Kennedy Meadows and Aspen Meadows will lead informative horseback rides into the sprawling colorful backcountry meadows.

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