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League sponsoring hike

Lace up your hiking boots and join area naturalists for the height of the wildflower season.

The League to Save Lake Tahoe is sponsoring a wildflower hike Saturday at the Hawley Grade recreation area.

Because of the dry winter and spring months, League officials said the basin flowers are blooming about two weeks ahead of schedule.

However, South Shore naturalist Susan-Marie Hagen said there’s more of a variety this year.

Hagen, who will help lead the hike, said people can expect to see tiger lilies, lupine, buttercups and shooting stars, among several others.

She said swampy areas will be perfect for flower observation this year because of the lack of water. However, she emphasized people walk lightly in sensitive areas.

League spokeswoman Heidi Hill Drum said people who attend the hike should bring wildflower literature, water, a snack, sunscreen and bug spray. The hike should last a little more than two hours. A bus will take participants from the League office on Emerald Bay Road to the hike at the end of the South Upper Truckee River.

Hill Drum said the event is limited to 20 participants, so people should call now.

“This hike is not only a fun activity, it helps encourage a sense of stewardship of Tahoe,” she said.

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