Yesterday we took a short hike on the Point Defiance Trail that starts along the north bank of the South Yuba River, near the covered bridge at Bridgeport. The area is accessed by Pleasant Valley Road, from either Highway 20 at Penn Valley, California or Highway 49 north of Nevada City, California. It was already mid-afternoon when we arrived, so there were a few people around sunbathing and loading up kayaks from running the river. I left my camera in the car, and didn’t take any photos. The wild iris and other flowers along the trail were beautiful, but looking a bit limp in the sun. We will have to go back earlier in the day to do some serious wildflower picture-taking, and check out the loop trail that takes you along the shore of the main branch of the Yuba River before it enters Englebright Lake from New Bullards Bar Reservoir.
Photo courtesy of Dennis Olivarez.