Saturday–Sunday, July 20–21

wildflower weekend 002

Marin CNPS is going to the high country this summer! According to Toni Fauver, author of Wildflower Walking the Lakes Basin of the Northern Sierra, the Gold Lakes Basin is characterized by “many glaciated lakes, craggy Sierra Buttes, numerous trails and abundant wildflowers…the great diversity of the plants in this part of the northern Sierra is due partly to the migration of plants from northern California and Oregon mixed with the Sierran flora from the south, partly to the variations in elevation from 5,800 feet at Gray Eagle Lodge to 8,500 feet at the Sierra Buttes lookout and, finally, to the volcanic terrain that was reformed by the action of glaciers.”

We’ll spend two days meandering the trails described by Fauver and enjoying the feast of blooms that can be expected after the heavy snow year we had.

Our group will join with others from the Redbud Chapter and be led by Redbud chapter VP, Susan Chalpin. Susan worked for the Forest Service before founding a consulting company that deals with wastewater systems and soil testing.

Plan to meet at 9:00 a.m. at Bassett Station (gas station) at the corner of Gold Lake Road and Highway 49 in Sierra County.

Make your own arrangements for lodging; a variety of options can be found in the area, including campgrounds, lodges, and cabins, whether along Gold Lake Road or down Route 49 toward Downieville.

Please RSVP to Carolyn Longstreth at so we can keep track of how many to expect.

This trip is offered to CNPS members only.

Leader: Susan Chalpin, Redbud Chapter.