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Trail offers scenic photography locations

Julia Fikse | The Feather Online

The Blossom Trail contains many different types of trees which produce different types of flowers.

Heading into the spring season, the Blossom Trail remains a major tourist attraction in the Central Valley for its many rows of infinite blossoms. For 31 years, the trail has reached over 62 miles, covering Sanger, Reedly, Orange Cove, Selma, Clovis, Kingsburg and Fowler.

Because of its color and variety of flowers, the Blossom Trail became a popular spot for family photoshoots and early learning photography. As the sightseers or photographers drive along the roads, they can pull off on the side wherever they want to shoot photos.

Shooting many family’s pictures in the Blossom Trail, Daniel Jessing explains why he loves taking pictures there and why he recommends shooting photography there.

“If I am there, I am usually looking for a perfect spot, meeting a family to do family portraits and sometimes I’ll be doing high school senior photos,” Jessing said. “The Blossom Trail is great for photos because it is always gorgeous and you can always get new and creative photos. I always recommend the Blossom Trail especially to young photographers because you can just go for a drive and get creative and it is a ton of fun.”

The variety of flowers seen on the trail come from different types of fruit trees, such as almonds, plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines, apples and citrus’. Each tree is unique in its own ways, with different colored flowers and different harvesting times.

The following infographic shows the different types of flowers along with their harvest season.

Blossom Trail Flowers by Megan LeBlanc

With all the variety of flowers and trees, the setting and atmosphere of the Blossom Trail stands out more than a normal trail would. Kaylie Clem, ’19, explains what she admires about the scenery and what stands out to her the most.

“My favorite thing about the Blossom Trail is the endless rows upon rows of beautiful blossoms,” Clem said. “It is so cool to have something so naturally stunning so close to town. The thing that stands out to me the most about the scenery is the abundance of it and how unique each tree is. Everywhere you look there are endless blossoms and even with so many trees, each is unique which is really neat.”

Kaylie Clem | The Feather Online

Flowers on the trail come in all types of colors and sizes.

Another popular attraction is the Blossom Trail Café, located on the cross streets E. Belmont Ave. and N. Academy Ave. The café serves breakfast and lunch to visitors who stop by the trail. Here are their open hours if you want to stop by!

Monday: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuesday: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m./ 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Thursday: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m./ 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m./ 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m./ 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday: 6 a.m. – 2: 30 p.m. 

In the following podcast, Megan LeBlanc talks to Reese Brown about what he enjoys about the café and why he recommends going there to eat.

The Fresno Cycling Club often meets at the Blossom Café (Belmont), as well as the U.S. post office (Friant), as a starting point for their “Time Trials” series. The series includes seven events with four different categories of different cycling events (TT) and non cycling events. The events are schedules on Tuesdays and Saturdays and sign ups for the event can be made on the Fresno Cycling Club website. Here is the schedule and types of segments:

Schedule:

  • Tuesday: March 19 on Belmont
  • Tuesday: April 9 on Belmont
  • Tuesday: May 14 on Belmont
  • Tuesday: June 11 on Belmont
  • Saturday: July 13 on Friant
  • Saturday: August 10 on Friant
  • Tuesday: September on Belmont

Segments:

  • Belmont TT (10 miles)
  • Friant TT (10.5 miles)
  • Old Tollhouse climb (6.6 miles)
  • 4 Lane climb (8 miles)

Having eaten at the café, John Foster talks about the why he enjoys going to there and shares about a time he biked a trail starting at the Blossom Café. 

“The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly, ” Foster said. “There was one time I rode my bike up to Hume Lake from Fresno and we actually started our ride with breakfast at the Blossom Café. I would recommend the café to others, especially in the spring months with the beautiful view of the green rolling hills in the distance.”

Make sure to head to the Blossom Trail and the café to enjoy dining and rows and rows of blossoms! 

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Below is a slideshow of the Blossom Trail

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