Capay Valley Almond Blossom Trail


After Aron and I found ourselves among the trees at the peak of their bloom the other night, we decided to drive out into nearby Capay Valley on Saturday afternoon and follow the “Blossom trail”—on which we passed orchard after orchard.

And on which we snapped photo after photo.  Here are a few…


Did you know that California is the only state in the country that produces almonds? I recently learned that California’s Mediterranean climate (cold winter, mild spring, and hot, dry summer) is ideal for the crop and that the state grows over 80 percent of the world’s almonds. More than 2 billion pounds! No wonder the fields around us are filled with flowering almond trees.

They’re part of the plum family–and are closely related to peaches and apricots–so you may notice a resemblance.

The whole field smelled sweet, almost like honey. And Hudson couldn’t stop smelling the flowers.

In fact sometimes he’d nosedive straight into them.

The blooms that are on the trees now are being pollinated (one could hear the buzzing throughout the orchards), but it will be seven or eight months before the almond harvest begins.


Here’s the route we followed. The season is brief, so if you’re in the area, be sure to check for when locals are predicting is peak.

P.S. Beautiful spring blooms in New York City last March.

[Almond statistics from the Sacramento BeeBlossom trail map via Esparto Regional Chamber]



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Let’s Discuss

  1. Shelley Alder

    HI Ashley, Aron and Hudson, well what a beautiful post. Great photos of you all . That white blossom is breathtaking! I am really enjoying discovering California with you all.

  2. Boston mama

    Love these pictures. Makes me forget the wintery New England trees. Thanks for sharing

  3. Wow, so beautiful! I feel like such a nerd, when I saw your first post about almond blossoms I was genuinely surprised to find out that almonds grow on flowering trees that look like cherry blossoms. I do live in Ohio, though. :)

  4. May

    Outstanding photographs!

    Almond tree peeping is vacation worthy even if the season is short.
    Its like leaf peeping season in Vermont, only for blossoms instead of foliage.

  5. oh this post makes me so excited for spring, can’t wait to show atticus all the flowers and go strawberry picking this summer.

  6. I’ve lived in CA almost my whole life and driven between LA/SF many times. A few weeks ago was the first time I saw all of these blossoms and had no idea what they were (almonds? plums? apricot?). The view is overwhelmingly beautiful. Thanks for all the info! Now I’ll know to make the drive this time every year!

    • Ashley

      Definitely, especially since that drive on 5 can be… sometimes… a bit dull, right? I’ve made it a lot! :)

  7. Babou

    Beautiful pictures and a lovely day…

    But it made me think about a documentary I saw about the almond industry in California.
    Apparently those trees are über pesticided and producers bring in bees from far away to ensure pollinization and those bees go crazy and sick because there is so little biodiversity in the region. Sad, but maybe you went to an organic farm… That route you took looks lovely

  8. man these photos are gorgeous! frame them. all of them. and those orchards look so much like the almond orchards where the Full Belly Farm hosts the Hoes Down Festival – near Davis actually! We camped in an almond orchard during the festival and even dormant the trees were beautiful. And Hudson is adorable, such a natural in front of the camera!

  9. I had no idea almond trees had such pretty blossoms, nor that California was such a big producer! Beautiful photos, too.

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