Place: Loafer Creek Campground, Lake Oroville, Oroville, California
Coordinates: 39.526396, -121.447537
Length: about 1.5 miles
Spring break is such a fine idea. What a great time to take the family for spring time exploration of California!
The bad drought has affected the wildflower bloom in most of California. Looking for places where we could still see the colorful spring spectacle we decided to go first to the Oroville area. We camped for two nights at the Loafer Creek Campground of Lake Oroville State Recreation Area.
|A woodpecker larder|
|Map portion scanned from Park's brochure. Our trail is labeled yellow.|
|Pacific Madrone (Arbutus menziesii)|
|Non-native Hairy Honeysuckle (Lonicera hispidula) visiting the non-native Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa)|
The trail took us through shaded woodland,
and through open meadows dotted with wildflowers.
|White Brodiaea (Triteleia hyacinthina)|
|White Globe Lily (Calochortus albus)|
|Valley Checkerbloom (Sidalcea hartwegii)|
|Sky Lupine (Lupinus nanus)|
|Chipping Sparrow at Loafer Creek Campground|