Amazing Wildflowers at San Joaquin River Gorge

San Joaquin River Gourge Wildflowers, originally uploaded by Donna Waddell-Solis.

Mother Nature has brought out her paint brushes. There's a kaleidoscopic display of dozens of varieties of wildflowers along the San Joaquin River Gorge Trail (also known as Squaw's Leap Trail). Catch a small sampling of other wildflowers and glimpse of the trail by clicking here.

Trail description: For the short version, take the trail about 1 mile to the river and bridge. Longest version, just past the bridge you'll find the almost 6 mile loop trail (go right or left it is a loop that will bring you back to this point). Beautiful foothill terrain with views of table top mountains and peeks at the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Directions to trailhead: From Highway 168, go east to Auberry, turn left just past the Elementary School onto Powerhouse Road, watch for the large San Joaquin River Gorge sign directing you to turn left, follow this road down till you find two side-by-side parking areas with picnic tables & restrooms. Trail starts from sign at second lot.

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