Monday, April 27, 2009

South Yuba State Park

We recently went hiking in South Yuba State Park. It's a great spring hike in the California Gold Country.
I bet you didn't know California had covered bridges. This is one of only ten historic covered bridges in the state. It was built in 1862 and at 251 feet it is the longest single span covered bridge in the country. If you want more information about this bridge, you can find it here.

The Buttermilk trail crosses the bridge and follows the Yuba river upstream. You can see that the river is far from flood stage. It will come up when the snow melts in the Sierra but it is unlikely to approach the high water line in this third year of drought.

In spring you will find a great variety of wildflowers as we did on our hike.

The slope down toward the river was green and sprinkled with a variety of flowers.

When we reached the park boundry we retraced our steps back to the bridge.
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Ginnymo said...

What beautiful country!! The flowers are so pretty and I love that covered bridge!! I love all your photos Martha!! It must be great to be able to take walks like that!! Have a nice week!!

Barb said...

Hi Martha,
I thought you'd be camping or at the cabin by now. I'm going to take my CA bird and wildflower book with me when I leave for CA next Sun. Your photos make me even more excited for the trip!

Diane C. said...

That's a very long old bridge. So many pretty flower pictures, the Chinese houses are really neat. And, I love the beautiful colors of the river water and how clear it looks. Another marvelous place you visited that I had never heard of.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pictures of the bridge, river, and especially the flowers. Thanks for sharing your hike with us.