|Fantastic Fresno County Blossom Trail
in Huge California Central Valley
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The blooming beautiful pink flowers on many fruit trees in many huge orchards in Fresno County in California
Central Valley in early spring season. They usually bloom from mid-February to mid-March.
絢麗多彩的鮮花大道的兩邊， 各類果樹和堅果樹鮮花盛開，爭奇鬥艷，蔚為壯觀， 置身在花海中，真是一種心
It is a frenzied spectacle to see the annual display of millions and millions of beautiful flowers blooming
profusely on huge number of fruit trees on many orchards in the huge California Central Valley.
The Fresno County Blossom Trail is a colorful 62-mile loop of scenic drive of nicely paved county roads
southeast of Fresno for visitors to spend two or three hours to drive around the large loop to enjoy dreamlike
expanses of fruit trees covered with pink and white blossoms.
A map of the 62-mile Fresno County Blossom Trail is available at this website:
The paper copy of such map can also be obtained from Fresno/Clovis Convention and Visitor Bureau in
Downtown Fresno located at 1180 E Shaw Ave #201, Fresno, CA 93170. The paper map may be also
available at Simonian Farms located at 2629 S Clovis Ave, Fresno, CA 93725. More information on Fresno
County Blossom Trail is available at the following website:
Another map on Google Maps is available here.
When you drive along this 62-mile scenic drive of Fresno County Blossom Trail in the spring season, you see
long row after long row of beautiful flowering fruit trees. The Fresno County Blossom Trail is not inside the
city of Fresno, but is in southeast of Fresno and goes through several small towns of Kingsbury, Selma,
Fowler, Sanger, Reedley, Centerville and Parlier. Farther east in Orange Cove is the adjacent Orange
We came on Sunday March 10, 2019, immediately after the ending of winter raining season in California, to
enjoy the Fresno County Blossom Trail. It took about two and half hours of driving time on Sunday morning
with no traffic jam to go from east side of San Francisco Bay area to reach Fresno. We stopped couple times
to use the rest room and to eat lunch such that we arrived at about 2 PM.
Not all flowers are in pink color on the Fresno County Blossom Trail. Many of them are in white color. There
are many different kinds of fruit trees and nut trees, such as peach, nectarine, apricot, plums, apples,
oranges and almonds in these huge orchards in California Central Valley.
For example, California produces 82% of the globe's almonds, harvesting about 800,000 acres of the tree nut
across a 400-mile stretch between Bakersfield and Red Bluff, California.
不開則已，一開傾城，春色滿園， 美遍了每一個角落， 小徑穿花過，果樹花迎客來。
Again one sees long row after long row of fruit trees with dense white flowers.
Special long hose and devices to irrigate the fruit trees but not waisting too much water on weeds. Our visiting
date of March 10 is already near the end of blooming season from mid-February to mid-March. So, lots of
flower petals have already fallen on the ground. On a windy day one may see showers of falling petals. The
colors on many fruit trees are also fading after the peak bloom.
Nicely paved county roads as the Fresno County Blossom Trail with huge orchards and blooming beautiful
flowers on both sides. It's a do-it-yourself guided drive through fruit orchards during the spring bloom. This is
an essential part of California's agricultural industry. The state is the country's top producer of many different
kinds of fruits and nuts, such as peach, nectarine, apricot, plums, apples, orange and almonds in these huge
orchards in California Central Valley. Before all this luscious fruit ripens and ends up on our tables, the
orchards put on an annual display of spring blossoms that are just as much of a treat for the eyes as their
fruits are to the palate.
In the distance on the east side, you can see not only the sky and the cloud but also the foothills of the Sierras.
Signs are posted along the Blossom Trail to help visitors making the correct turns at several road junctions to
stay on the Blossom Trail. Unfortunately, these road signs are so cute that some of them are stolen. As a
result, you could get lost. So, it is worthwhile to get a paper map or print it from their website or download
the color map from their website into your smartphone or tablet.
On our date of visit on March 10, 2019, some fruit trees still have many flower buds which are not open yet. It
looks like that they may bloom in a few more days.
So, those fruit trees look like this.
But some have passed the peak of bloom and new green leaves are showing up to replace the flowers.
In addition to millions of blooming fruit flowers along the Blossom Trail, we also saw lots of oranges hanging on
the orange trees.
Zoom in for closer view.
Since different fruit trees bloom in different weeks, some people come two or three times in the one month
period from mid-February to mid-March to see more kinds and colors of fruit flowers in full bloom.
From California Highway 99 near Fresno and looking east, we can see not only the huge areas of flowering
orchards, but also majestic snow capped Sierra Nevada mountains. Such view fits the meaning of Sierra
Nevada very well because "Sierra" in Spanish means mountain range and "Nevada" in Spanish means snow
covered or snow capped.
The peaks and ridges of the Sierra Nevada, all glistening with freshly fallen snow. The snow-covered Sierra
Nevada looms over the foothills and the flowering orchards in central San Joaquin Valley.
We were very lucky to have a clear day on March 11 on our return trip when so much of John Muir’s Range
of Light is visible from the central San Joaquin Valley floor.
February and early March 2019 brought lots of rain at ground level in California and record amount of snow
falls on Sierra Nevada. This makes a very beautiful setting for very enjoyable scenic drive on California
Highway 99 between Fresno and San Francisco Bay area. Immediately after the winter raining season,
when the air is crystal clear, it literally makes you stop to gaze at the majestic Sierra Nevada. Your
imaginations may soar with such million-dollar view.
However, such gorgeous views will not last long before they all disappear behind a curtain of smog such that
many visitors may not be aware of the existence of such magnificent views at all. Valley’s bowl-shaped
topography tends to trap the smog such that the snow-capped Sierra Nevada vanished from view. Without
such majestic views, many people driving on CA-99 just try to get from point A to point B as fast as possible.
Snow-clad Sierra Nevada glows white in the background as flowers blooming on the fruit orchards. This is
one example where the colors of the flowers are fading after the peak bloom is over. This is the reason that
some people come more than once in early spring to see different fruit flowers at peak bloom in different
If you miss the spring blossom season, try driving the exact same route from May to September, when it
morphs into the Fresno County Fruit Trail. You’ll be able to see lots of fruits hanging on the trees and to stop
at dozens of seasonal produce stands along the route.
Huge towering snow capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada Range running up the spine of California. The
Sierra Nevada to the east of Fresno has magnificent Yosemite National Park, King Canyon National Park and
Sequoia National Park. The beauty of Yosemite National Park is well known. The spectacular sceneries in the
other two national parks can be seen at the following website:
Furthermore, Mt Whitney at summit elevation of 14,505 feet is the highest summit in the contiguous United
States (i.e., the lower 48 States) and is in Sequoia National Park.
Experts in this area describes the fantastic views as follows:
What exactly are we seeing? Gazing north, the obvious snow-covered hump is Shuteye Ridge – and behind
that the Clark Range of Yosemite National Park. Moving south, the deep gorge is the San Joaquin River
drainage with Kaiser Ridge and Kaiser Peak rising above it, followed by the peaks of the Dinkey Lakes
Wilderness. The next obvious landmark is Mount Goddard, a solitary pyramid that can be seen peeking out
from behind two ridges.
South of Goddard rise the peaks of the Kings River drainage (Mount Gardiner and Mount Brewer are the
most prominent) and then the Great Western Divide, which separates Sequoia and Kings Canyon National
Parks. Beyond that, as captured beautifully last week in a front-page photo by The Bee’s John Walker, sit the
Kaweah Peaks Ridge, Alta Peak and the mountains of Mineral King, of which Sawtooth Peak is the most
More views of snow capped Sierra Nevada as viewed from California Highway 99 near Fresno.
Furthermore, the blooming wild flowers on the roadside of scenic California Highway 99 are very colorful and
gorgeous. Some of these roadside wild flowers may be the famous California poppies.
The yellow mustard flowers on the roadside along State Route 84 between Livermore and Sunol are also very
On our return trip west bound on Interstate Highway 580 (I-580) near Tracy, we got very good views of the
large wind turbines farm atop the hillsides of Altamont Pass just east of Livermore on both north side and
south side of I-580. With these new pictures, I have updated my web page on the huge wind turbine farm at
Beautifully green rolling hills near San Francisco Bay area as viewed from I-680 in March on our return trip
getting closer to the east side of San Francisco Bay area.
It was a fantastic trip surrounded by millions and millions of colorful flowers plus the million-dollar views of
majestic snow-capped Sierra Nevada. We enjoyed this trip very much.
Beautifully green rolling hills along I-580. These rolling hills usually are in golden brown color in the summer and
fall seasons. But the winter raining season turns these rolling hills into gorgeous green color in March.
A very long freight train was running in parallel and very close to California Highway 99. The train was running
at about the same speed limit as that of traffic on CA-99. So, we saw this long freight train for quite a long
time when we were driving on CA-99.
The huge flowering orchards extends as far as the eye can see.
春到果園，滿園的果花，這一大片絢爛的花海， 走得越遠，景色越生動美麗， 盡情地呼吸花海怡人的芳香。
繽紛綻放，絢麗多姿， 盛開在和煦春風中， 粉紅的嬌羞，白的無暇。
Some cattle are roaming free grazing on the new green grass on these rolling hills.