Best Wildflower Hikes in North America?
Now that the dark of November is about to sink into the darker, colder days of December, I'm indulging myself by envisioning the wildflower hikes I'd like to take next spring and summer. What are some of the best you've experienced? I'm interested in all manner of hikes--be they day trips, hour jaunts, or full back country excursions.
I'll begin with my #1, #2, and #3 sites (this is only in North America).
1) The Great Smoky Mts. Wildflower Pilgrimage. (A week of hikes among the greatest abundance and variety of wildflowers I've ever seen. Truly the closest I've been to Eden on earth.)
2) Shakerag Hollow on the Perimeter Shade at the Sewanee University (the first time I hiked this trail, I heard it before I saw it. The slope was covered in purple phacelia and there were so many bumble bees, the air vibrated with their buzzing).
3) American Basin in the San Juan Mts. of southwest Colorado. A spectacle of a colors against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains (this was in late July at elevations of 11,000+ feet.
I'm interested in where others have found their favorites of all time.
Here is a link that might be useful: Tennessee Wildflowers