The Davis Lake, Calif. area, which is just north of Portola (about 80 miles from Carson City via U.S. 395, Calif. S.R. 70 and Grizzly Road) has some spectacular wildflowers blooming at the present time, which are easily accessible by vehicle.
The best location to enjoy those colorful wildflowers is along Grizzly Road on the east side of Davis Lake.
Grizzly Road intersects Calif. S.R. 70, about seven miles east of Portola. Take the road north for about 7 miles to the lake.
As you drive along the east side of Davis Lake, you will find large patches of blue Lupine and yellow "Skunk Cabbage," where there is timber with open areas.
If you look very carefully, you will also see many different Snow Flowers also blooming, mixed in with the other wildflowers.
This rare and bright-red flower only blooms in those type of areas, where snow has recently melted.
If you do go to enjoy the wildflowers, remember that it is against the law to disturb a Snow Flower. Do not pick or dig!
If parking or walking along the roadside, be careful of the high-speed traffic on Grizzly Road.