Drought Closes Nordic Trails, Reduces Wildflower Blooms - Backpacker

Drought Closes Nordic Trails, Reduces Wildflower Blooms

This winter's extremely low snowpack is affecting recreation from the Sierra to the desert.
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Don't expect this type of bloom this year at Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.

Don't expect this type of bloom this year at Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.

California's drought, and its resulting lack of snow this year, has dramatically changed the winter recreation scene from the high country to the desert. A number of cross-country ski trails around Lake Tahoe are closed for lack of snow, snow conditions are "abominable" for alpine skiers and snowboarders, and dry weather means few desert wildflowers are blooming.

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