Discover the Lakes Basin

When wildflower season begins in the Lakes Basin, the photo opportunities abound. There are abundant varieties and colors galore. A feast for the eyes in the meadows, around the lakes, and along the edges of streams. Bring your camera for many days of exploration!


Mules Ears a large yellow daisy like flower with leaves taller than the flower.Orange Tiger Lily flowers grow in the lush meadows of the Lakes Basin.The Pink Penstemon grows in rocky areas and loves the sun. It is also called Pride of the Mountain and is some of the first flowers to bloom in the Spring.The red Snow Plant appears under the trees as the snow melts and the ground gets warm. There can be many plants growing together but most of the time they grow singly up to a foot tall. Groundsel is a yellow daisy like flower with sparse looking petals and fuzzy center. It is also known as Old Man's Beard.Crimson colored Scarlet Gilia grows in drier areas along the trail to Fern Falls. Also known as Sky Rocket Gilia.The little daisy like blue Aster grows up to a foot in height. There are three different varieties in the Lakes Basin.The purple-pink Shooting Star is found in boggy meadows and seeps in the early summer.This small crimson fushia grows out of the rocks along the trail to Fern Falls.Lupine is a blue colored multi blossomed flower growing in meadows about twelve inches to a few feet in height. This one is called Bog Lupine because it likes a very wet area.The red colored Paintbrush flower is found everywhere along the trails in the Basin.The soft white flower of the Thimbleberry plant grow in profusion along the Round Lake trail. The wild raspberry ripens near the end of the summer.

Elwell Lakes Lodge is operated under a Special Use Permit issued by the Plumas National Forest and is an equal opportunity recreation services provider