The Longest Mile Wildflower Hike
Spring 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 the Mokelumne Volunteer Program or call (209) 772-8260. Include your telephone number.
Location: Click here to view the Middle Bar Take Out on Google Maps.
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, we will carpool to the Rich Gulch trail head 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 behind a locked gate.