They say that April showers bring May flowers. In El Dorado County, wildflowers begin to bloom anytime between late March in the foothills to June/July in the high country, depending on winter snows. That means you’ve got a wide window of opportunity to enjoy Mother Nature’s fireworks. Check out our recommendations for the best places for wildflower spotting in El Dorado County.

Best places for wildflower spotting in El Dorado County | Reverie Retreat

Cronan Ranch Trails

This is a great location for early spring wildflower spotting. You can also enjoy green grass, oak woodland, and gentle riverfront trails along this 12-mile network near Coloma.
Timing: April – May.

Best places for wildflower spotting in El Dorado County | Pleasant Valley

Pleasant Valley

At the northeast corner of Pleasant Valley Road and Newtown Road is a meadow that turns into a large, yellow blanket of wildflowers for a few weeks every spring.
Timing: April – May

Monroe Ridge

This approximately three-mile loop around Marshall Gold State Discovery Park boasts amazing wildflowers and passes near historic monuments and the South Fork of the American River.  
Timing: April – May

Mt. Murphy

If you’re willing to work to see amazing California poppies, Mt. Murphy, in Coloma, is worth the sweat. Climb up Mt. Murphy Road to Dutch Creek Falls trailhead, where you’ll see multiple waterfalls and beautiful wildflowers.
Timing: April – May

Red Shack Trail

Located a few miles south of Coloma, this approximately two-mile roundtrip trail provides views of beautiful poppies blanketing the hillside above you.
Timing: April – May

Lupine meadow | Best places for wildflower spotting in El Dorado County

Fallen Leaf Lake

Wildflowers bloom all around Fallen Leaf Lake but head to the northeast side to explore lupine-filled meadows that also boast majestic views of Mt. Tallac.
Timing: May – July  

Lyons Creek Trail | Best places for wildflower spotting in El Dorado County | Photo: Reverie Retreat

Lyons Creek Trail

For later season wildflower viewing, Lyons Creek and the neighboring Desolation Wilderness offer miles of trail opportunities for alpine flowers like lupine, Indian paintbrush, mules ears, and more.
Timing: May – July

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