Northwest Wildflowers

Wildflower Destinations > Northern California

Taylor Lake

Siskiyou County, California

Klamath National Forest

Fees: none

Activity: hiking

Elevation: 6425'-7417'

Current status (as of 7/14/24): blooming

Notes: It's possible to make this very short hike into a 4-mile loop by scrambling off-trail from the lake up to the Pacific Crest Trail and then heading north on the ridge above Smith Lake. Turn left down the old roadbed when the PCT meets the north end of the Ruffey Lakes Trail.

Peak wildflower bloom at Taylor Lake is typically from early June through the end of July, but there may be some flowers blooming from mid-May until mid-August.*

Typical year:

Featured plants: Lewisia cotyledon

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* The dates given on this Web site for each location's blooming season are only estimates and can vary from year to year. Weather conditions in the winter and spring can shift these dates by up to a month, especially in the mountains. For the latest updates, check the Oregon Wildflowers or PortlandHikers Facebook groups, or browse the most recent postings to iNaturalist or Instagram.