Spring Canyon Flowers

March 28, 2014

Celebrate spring in Yosemite! This is the time of year when a plethora of wildflowers are in bloom along the Merced River Canyon west of Yosemite Valley: Poppies light the slopes in orange fire, while lupines add a vibrant blue. Veteran Yosemite naturalist Michael Ross will lead this informative outing along less-traveled routes that show the best displays. You’ll learn about identification and floral ecology, while reveling in the vast diversity and color on the banks of the Merced River. The group meets in El Portal at 10 am and will finish by 3 pm.

Experience package includes camping March 27–29 at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley plus entry into Yosemite. Upgrade your package to stay at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls March 27–29. Information about upgrading your package will be available once you have registered. 

Take a quick glimpse of the topics that will be discussed by viewing Yosemite Nature Notes: Wildflowers.

Hiking: Moderate; about 3 miles total, partly on steep slopes
Elevation: 1,800'
Experience package: $99
Leader: Michael Ross
Micheal Elsohn Ross, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Michael Elsohn Ross

Michael Elsohn Ross has led Outdoor and Custom Adventures for Yosemite Conservancy since 1977. He is the award-winning author of 42 books for young people including “Baby Bear Isn't Hungry”, “The Happy Camper Handbook”, “The World of Small”, and “Snug as a Bug”. He teaches children’s book writing workshops and is a popular speaker at schools and conferences around the world. Michael is passionate about sharing Yosemite’s diversity to newcomers and long-time park enthusiasts. He lives with his family near the park in a home overlooking the Merced River.