The Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve is a 15 minute drive west of Winters, California, about 70 miles from the East Bay. It has been closed to the public since the Wragg Fire last August. It opened on May 15. Enter and you will see the most amazing flowers: thousands of winding brodiaeas and whispering bells, soap lilies six feet tall and fairy lanterns, huge Ithuriel’s spears, and many more kinds of flowers and shrubs, and singing all around, Lazuli Buntings.

Plant List: http://nrs.ucdavis.edu/Stebbins/spcecies/plants.pdf
Directions: http://nrs.ucdavis.edu/stebbins/visitor/directions.html

It is a moderately difficult hike with a 1,500 foot gain in elevation.

 

Delia Taylor

 

 

Wild hyacinth (Dicholostemma multiflorum) among whipering bells (Emmenanthe penduliflora). Photo by Delia Taylor.

Wild hyacinth (Dicholostemma multiflorum) among whipering bells (Emmenanthe penduliflora). Photo by Delia Taylor.

Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve. Photo by Delia Taylor.

Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve. Photo by Delia Taylor.

Diogenes' lantern (Calochortus amabilis). Photo by Delia Taylor.

Diogenes’ lantern (Calochortus amabilis). Photo by Delia Taylor.

Twining brodiaea (Dicholostemma volubile). Photo by Delia Taylor.

Twining brodiaea (Dicholostemma volubile). Photo by Delia Taylor.