News Release

For  Release:  Monday, April 9, 2007       
Contact:  Larry Ames (707) 468-4000 or Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332
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BLM Offers Free, Guided Wildflower Hikes

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to join in two free, guided hikes offered by the Bureau of Land Management to view native wildflowers in the Cache Creek Natural Area.  The outings are scheduled for Saturdays, April 28 and May 5.  Reservations are not required.
 
Hikers will meet at 10 a.m. at the Redbud Trailhead parking lot, eight miles east of Clearlake Oaks on Highway 20.  The parking area is just west of the bridge over the North Fork, Cache Creek.  Hikes will be cancelled in rainy weather.
 
“The wildflower display changes quite rapidly,” said Larry Ames, a BLM interpretive specialist.  “This year we expect the blooms to be more limited than past years because of last winter’s light rainfall.”
 
The hiking pace will be relatively slow, with frequent stops for viewing and photographing flowers and for scenic views of the rugged Cache Creek Canyon.  There are also opportunities for spotting wildlife.
 
The hikes will last three to four hours and cover about four miles round trip.  Hikers should be in good physical condition, as the trail climbs 600 feet in the first mile.  They should wear sturdy hiking boots.  Sneakers or jogging shoes are not recommended because the trail could be wet or slippery.
 
Organizers recommend carrying a light pack with a lunch and water.  Wildflower guide books and camera equipment are helpful.
 
For more information, contact the BLM Ukiah Field Office, (707) 468-4000.

-BLM- 

Ukiah Field Office     2550 North State St.     Ukiah, CA  95482