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Walking with wildflowers in Nevada County (VIDEO)

Nevada City's Dave Landon and Cyndi Schrann take their dog Dakota for a walk along the Buttermilk Bend trail Wednesday in the South Yuba State Park. The two noticed many wildflowers along the trail, which will be featured in the annual Wildflower Walks guided hikes happening Saturdays and Sundays through May 14. Early season hikers can see Western Buttercups, Zigzag Larkspur and Shooting Stars. By mid-season, the hills turn gold and purple with Tufted Poppies and a variety of lupine. Mid to late season floral treats include Fairy Lanterns, Chinese Houses, and Birds-eye Gilia. Docents will share facts, legends and the many uses of the flowers and plants along the trail.

Docent-led hikes along the easy two mile trail last about two hours. Hikers can meet at the trail head in the South Yuba River State Park north parking lot by 11 a.m. (rain may cancel). Parking is $5. Sturdy walking shoes, hat and water are recommended. A $3 donation is requested and appreciated. (Dogs are not permitted on the guided walks as the trail is narrow and the groups can be large.)