Loney Meadows is a pristine high sierra meadow
up at about 6000 feet about 15 miles northeast of Blue Canyon. It is a
great location for wildflowers in the late spring during or early summer
between late May and July. It typically comes into bloom about a month
earlier than the conditions at Winnemucca Lake. This particular meadow is
off the beaten path, and thus you will not typically see too many other
people here. Its seculsion helps to preserve the untrampled nature of this
area. While not as in-your-face spectacular as some other popular
wildflower locations, there is much beauty to find here, but just more
For those interested in native pollinators, this
is also a popular location for finding a variety of different bee species.
Due to its isolation and distance from any commercial or residential areas, you will not find many domesticated european
honeybees at this location in which the natives have to compete against.
The meadow itself is in excellent condition. But most of the
interesting plant, insects, and bird life will be found at the edges as you hike around it. It is an easy 1 mile hike on relatively flat
terrain, complete with a stream running through the middle. A parking area
is only about 1/4 mile from the meadow itself.
Getting here is best
from Interstate 80 a few miles east of Blue Canyon. Take the highway 20 exit toward Nevada City. From
there head about 4 miles west to Bowman Lake road. From the start of this road,
you will drive about 10~11 miles in the northerly direction. After just a few miles
you will pass a parking area on the left for Bear River. There is also a
meadow and picnic area here that is worth stopping at and exploring if you
have the time. Continuing on Bowman Lake road becomes gravel/dirt about half way up, and
you just stay on it unti you see the sign to the right for Lindsey Lake.
Take this road off to the right, but make the first left. If you are on
the right path you will see an old dilapidated building. Pass this and
take the dirt road that forks to the left. Stay left for another couple of
forks until the road ends at a small parking area on the top of a small
rise. It can be tricky finding this area as there is no specific sign for
Loney Meadow and many different forks in the road along the way. From the parking area, follow the trail down the hill past
the gate. The recommended hike is to stay to the right and loop around the
meadow in a counter-clockwise manner. Give yourself a couple of
hours to enjoy the beauty of this area and extra time for a picnic lunch
if you properly planned ahead.
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