What Is Blooming Now?

Always be careful driving on the narrow and windy Bald Hills Road. There are frequent logging trucks passing through and little room for visitors to park. When it is possible, it is good to check-in at a visitor center to get the best information on parking and appropriate access to whatever plants are in bloom. If you can't get to a visitor center, then follow @redwoodnps on social media - we often post photos of the flowers in bloom.

Please use Leave No Trace ethics while viewing flowers. They grow by the inch and die by the foot. Leave No Trace ethics and practices are to protect nature - and to help the next visitor experience the same beauty that you came to see.
Purple lupines bloom on a grassy hill. Fir trees are on a nearby ridge-line, and redwoods are on a distant hill.

NPS: J McClelland

April 26, 2021: The spring bloom of lupine has begun - and the ticks have shown up! Most of the lupin color is on the west side of Williams Ridge. This area benefits from prescribed fire which the park and its partner agencies bring to the Bald Hills in the autumn. Since time immemorial, fire has been used in the Bald Hills to maintain these open prairies.
A blooming Rhododendrom

NPS photo.


May 12, 2021: The bloom is beginning in the north. Blooms are on HWY 199 and on Howland Hill Road. Buds are forming in the south near Prairie Creek Visitor Center.

Hairy Star Tulip (Calochortus tolmiei)
  • Bloom period: April - June
  • Habitat: Common in open, sunny locations including roadside embankments and lightly wooded hillsides.
  • Description: This member of the Lily family (Liliaceae) has branched stems, 4 to 8 in. long. Growing from long, linear leaves, these whitish flowers have petals tinged with lavender in the center and are covered with soft, bristly hairs.

Click here to learn about wildflowers in the park.

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    Last updated: May 12, 2021

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