McLaughlin Daffodil Hill is "situated in a beautiful mountain setting at the 3,000 foot elevation in Amador County." The hill is open to the public only during the daffodil blooming season which typically takes place from mid-March through the first week or two in April. During the remainder of the year, the six acre grounds return to the status of a historic private ranch that was established in 1887.
The 2014 season has been a remarkable daffodil bloom show despite the drought conditions concerning many in California. The cooler elevations and late winter rains blessed the bulbs for another season of thriving growth. The bulbs carpeting the grounds include several hundred varietals and in the last several years approximately 16,000 new bulbs have been planted annually by the descendants of the original ranchers Aurthur and Lizzie McLaughlin. The Ryan brothers and their families have taken up the task of providing one of the most glorious flower displays to be found not only in Amador County but in California that is FREE and open to the public. It's an amazing contribution to the community.
Taking a day trip to Daffodil Hill is a rewarding experience with few negatives that can be legitimately cited. However, in the spirit of the best and worst, the following list also contains some of the less enjoyable details that are noted as part of the wonderful gift of the flower carpeted hill.