Rain brings 2nd super bloom in 2 years
Wondering where the best places to see California Wildflowers Super bloom? With the recent combination of heat and heavy rains we are expecting Wildflower Super blooms all over the Southland again this year. Every year between the months of February thru May, the California Wildflowers season blooms in desert and coastal areas. We normally get superblooms once a decade, but with the abundance of water and perfect amount of sunlight we have two super blooms within a 2 year period. It has been a spectacular wildflower season in Southern California, especially the desert areas of Lake Elsinore, Chino Hills, Borrego Springs and Antelope Valley.
The perfect combination of rain, heat and terrain conditions cover barren landscape areas with an abundance of mass wildflowers forming colorful fields of flowers called Super blooms.
Best places to see California wildflower super blooms
Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve
The 7 mile state park expects the first poppies to bloom between March 1 to April. You can visit the poppy preserve anytime during the months of March and April to view the beautiful Southern California wildflowers in bloom. Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve Park is open from sunrise to sunset.
Make it a day trip and visit the poppies during the 2019 California Poppy Festival which is scheduled for April 27-28, 2019. The Festival is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, and takes place rain or shine!
Photos in the flowers are not allowed. Visit the site for up to date information. This area is also kid-friendly.
Anza Borrego Desert State Park
Anza Borrego Desert State Park’s superbloom is in full effect. With the recent rains there is a burst of color across the desert. The Superbloom typically only comes every ten years, but this is the second time in 2 years the Superbloom has returned. This years superbloom is expected to be more spectacular than the last. Anza Borrego Desert State Park has trails, camping groups, water falls, bighorns and wildflower preserves. The March and April bloom are expected to cover most of the park. The bloom is expected to peak in the middle of March – beginning of April, depending on temperature and rain. Check the Anza Borrego Wildflower updates for exact dates. Check the State park site for details on camping reservations. This area is also kid-friendly.
There is water and tables. There is some shaded areas. There are restrooms.
Chino Hills State Park
Chino Hills State Park is a state park of California, in the United States. It is located in the Chino Hills, foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. The hidden gem is popular for its Wild Flowers trails in Chino Hills State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you. Facilities consist of a picnic area, camping sites, equestrian staging area and corrals, a historic barn, water and restrooms.
To see the wildflowers pay the entrance fee, drive about 2 miles to the HORSE CAMP sign and park your car. The poppies are located on Bane Ridge Trail. Protect the wildlife and plants by staying on designated trails . The park closes at 5pm so plan your trip accordingly to allow enough time to see the poppy flowers and leave before the park closes.
The hills near Crafton Hills Community College are covered with flowers. The flower bloom is located on Sand Canyon Rd in Yucaipa, California. There is also several hiking trails at Crafton Hills Preserve. If you live near Yucaipa, you must get out and see them.
Death Valley National Park
Don’t go to Death Valley looking for a Superbloom this year. Due to less than normal rainfall its unlikely a Super bloom is expected in Spring 2019. Check the forecast on the State park site to check the conditions for the Southern California wildflowers superbloom. However, stay tuned. If we see any wildflower sightings we’ll update here.
Diamond Valley Lake
Diamond Valley lake amenities include hiking trails, boat rentals, fishing and lake views. The seasonal Wildflower 1.3 mile loop trail is currently open Wednesday thru Sunday and is accessible via the Diamond Valley Marina with a $10 entrance per car. There is also a $3 fee per person to enter trails.
The Lakeview trail and seasonal wildflower trail are open from 6am-4:30am before March 10. After Daylight savings, park hours change to 6am-5:30am. Entry to park is denied 1 hour prior to closing. In addition to the California poppies, deep blue arroyo lupines, purple canterbury bells, yellow rancher’s fiddleneck, white popcorn flowers, and pink red maid the lake also has 16 species of birds and plants. The flowers are expected to reach peak bloom mid-March thru beginning of April. Best time to see the poppies is from 9am-3pm.
Entrance Cost: $10 entrance. $3 per person to enter trails. Senior and Veteran Discounts.
Walker Canyon Trail
The Walker Canyon Trail Poppy Fields super bloom is currently at peak bloom. The recent rains during the month of February and March has made this super bloom the best one yet. We’ve never seen so many poppies in this area. There are two recommended trails at Walker Canyon located off of Lake Street on Interstate 15 (I-15) and Walker Cayon. There are multiple trails at Walker Canyon, including a hike near the creek, but the favorites are at the corner of Lake Street & Walker Cayon and further down Walker Canyon. If this is your first time recommend we recommend you stay on either of the two main trails.
No cost parking is available along Walker Canyon Road. For safety and compliance, a Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station Community Services Officer (CSO) will be on site Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to assist with traffic. Parking will be available seven (7) days per week. All available parking is parallel parking only. Check site for map of trail and parking availability.
Due to the steep hills at the entrance of the main Walker Canyon trails this is not a kid-friendly trail. If you are looking for a place to take photos with your children consider driving further along side Walker Canyon road and take photo of the wildflowers on side of the road. The state park rangers have opened a section at the end of Walker Canyon at the base of the trail to take photos. The section is located next to the cellular tower.
There are porta potties along Walker Canyon Rd. There is no water. There are no shaded areas. There are no built in restroom facilities. There are no seating areas or tables.
Parking & Entrance Cost: Free
White Water Preserve
Whitewater Preserve has scenic desert hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail near Palm Springs. White Water Preserve is closed until further notice. Whitewater Canyon Road has been severly damaged from recent storms rendering it impassible. White Water Preserve will re-open once the county repairs the road and determines it safe for public use. Kid friendly areas.
Tech Life Wildflower Tips
Plan ahead. Wildflowers are no longer just a local attraction. Visitors are taking 3-9 hour road trips, planning weekend trips and visiting from far away. If you are planning to visit the wildflower super blooms this year wear comfortable shoes, wear layers of clothing, carry 1 or 2 bottles of water, hydrate and stay on the trails. Consider packing a lunch to avoid the huge crowds. However, local business really appreciate the business. Most wildflower preserves have kid friendly areas, but keep your eyes out for critters. Take lots of photos. Spending time with nature is healing so don’t forget to put your phone and camera down from time to time and take it all in.
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* This post is updated weekly during wildflower season. Make sure to bookmark and check this post annually for updates.
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