The Longest Mile Wildflower Hike

The Longest Mile Wildflower Hike

Saturday April 8, 2017 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Longest Mile is covered in California Poppies in the springSpring is upon us and EBMUD is preparing for a spectacular wildflower bloom this year. If you would like the chance to see the Mokelumne River watershed adorned with purple shooting stars, hounds-tongues and California poppies, then "The Longest Mile" Wildflower Hike may be for you!

Situated along the Mokelumne River between Valley Springs and Jackson, "The Longest Mile" is a rugged and beautiful section of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail that is perched along the river canyon and boasts exceptional views. Known for its challenging, steep grades, this 3-mile round-trip trail is suitable for avid hikers and will be conducted by EBMUD Rangers and wildflower docents.

Registration Required: Email volunteer@ebmud.com. Include your telephone number.

Location: Click here to view the Middle Bar Take Out parking lot on Google Maps. Please note that due to the County closure of Gwin Mine Road the meeting location is only accessible from Middle Bar Road off of Hwy 49.

Bring: Lunch, drinking water, hiking shoes, long pants, insect/tick repellent, sun glasses and sunscreen. Optional: camera, binoculars and wildflower field guide. No pets or alcohol.

Level of Difficulty: Strenuous. From the Middle Bar Take Out parking lot, we will carpool to the Rich Gulch trailhead and hike a challenging and steep trail section until reaching the top, known as Patti’s Point.

Minors: Participants under 18 are welcome with written permission from a parent or guardian; an adult must accompany those under 16. Not suitable for children under 7 years of age.

Weather Conditions: Rain or shine, but be prepared for changing temperatures. Click here for weather information.

Special Consideration: Late arrivals/early departures are not available because the hike starts beyond a locked gate.