Lava Beds National Monument

P1010482We just got back from another wildflower adventure in Northern California.  This was our second time visiting Lava Beds National Monument.  It is one of my favorite places – I am mostly drawn to the monument’s high desert landscapes and love the smell of the juniper trees and sage brush.  This was the view from our campsite.

P1010488A lava tube cave.  There were so many that I can’t remember the name of this one.

P1010512Devil’s Homestead lava flow.

P1010448Castilleja linariifolia – Wyoming Paintbrush.

P1010495Mentzelia laevicaulis – Blazing Star.  Found along the roadside within the monument.

P1010504P1010433P1010464Calochortus macrocarpus – Sagebrush Mariposa Lily.  Of course this lily was the main reason I had to go this weekend!  When I first spotted it, I jumped out of the truck, and right into stinging nettles along the side of the road.  Isn’t that embarrassing?! Ouch!

3 thoughts on “Lava Beds National Monument

    1. Any particular wildflower hike you could recommend? I might be able to make it to the Mt. Shasta area next week – one hiccup though – I won’t have the truck so it would have to be an easy access trailhead.


      1. I would hike the South Gate Meadow Loop. I have not been out to the meadow there yet but the trail goes through Panther Meadow and the flowers there are looking really good. They are about the same elevation, so you should be able to time it just right!


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