Best Places To See California Wildflowers Super Bloom

Updated 3/11/2019

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.

 


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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. 

 

Crafton Hills
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.

 

Related: 2019 Travel Guide – Roadtrip to Temecula Winery Getaway

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.

 


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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

 

Southern California wildflowers

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.

Consider using Paperless Post to coordinate your next wildflower adventure!

 

Happy Hiking!

 

* This post is updated weekly during wildflower season.  Make sure to bookmark and check this post annually for updates.

 

Related: 2019 Travel Guide – Rejuvenating Our Souls with a Pacific Crest Trail Hike

Related: Pics of 2019 Super bloom

2019 Travel Guide | National Parks Park FREE Dates

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National Park Service announced the park fee-free dates at our National Parks.  With over 400 National parks, it difficult to just pick one favorite park.   There are the majestic views of Yellowstone National Park and the beautiful landscape of White Sands National Park to name a few.

Park fee-free dates are great for day trips or weekend trips with your families.

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The 2019 Park fee-FREE dates are as follows:January 21: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • January 21:  Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
  • April 20: First day of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 28: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

Start planning your 2019 day, weekend or vacations in 2019 around these dates!

Photo Credit:  Eva Smith

 

 

*Updated 12/5/2018

 

 

Murales Rebeldes

Murals in LA express identity, empower communities, and challenge dominant cultural norms, making them targets of censorship and destruction.    Chicana/o murals in the greater Los Angeles area have been censored through destruction, removal, whitewashing, or neglect.   In celebration of  Hispanic Heritage Month, ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege,  exhibit will be on display at LA Plaza.

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Los Angeles Chicano Mural History

In 1920 the Mexican government initiated a project for murals.  The influence of the Mexican Mural Movement spread and inspired the Chicano Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.  Through protests and their art, the Chicano movement demanded justice and equality.   Within months of its completing América Tropical on Olvera Street some scenes of artist,  David Alfaro Siqueiros, are considered anti-American and are whitewashed completely within 2 years.

Committed to the sociopolitical activism and ideology of el movimiento, the Los Angeles area experienced a surge of mural production during the 1970s and 1980s making it the mural capital of the world.  The distinction is now held by Philadelphia.
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Barbara Carrasco’s L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective is displayed at Union Station as part of the Los Angeles Festival, the first and only time the Los Angeles public has seen the mural in its entirety.

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In 1988,   Shell Oil Co. bulldozes East Los Streetscapers’ Filling Up on Ancient Energies without first notifying the artists. The Streetscapers decide to sue Shell Oil Co., which commissioned the mural, for its destruction and won in 1991.   The judge ruled that murals are considered “paintings,” as defined by the California Art Preservation Act (Botello vs Shell Oil).   The ruling sets precedent for the protection of murals under the act.

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In 2000, Ernesto de la Loza’s El Nuevo Mundo: Homage to the Worker is destroyed when the Peerless Hardware Store building on which it is painted is sold to the city to make way for the Edendale branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. The building and the mural are demolished.

 

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Ernesto de la Loza paints Organic/Manmade inside the Los Angeles Public Library Edendale branch, built on the site of his demolished mural El Nuevo Mundo: Homage to the Worker.

Exhibit

¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege

Location

LA Plaza de culturas y artes

Dates

September 23, 2017 – February 27, 2018.    

The exhibit examines the controversial legacy of  8 murals created during 1960s and 1970s and eventually destroyed.   Barbara Carrasco’s 16-20 ft x 80 ft mural will be displayed at Union Station next week for the first time in 27 years.   The exhibit explores Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.  For additional information visit Murales Rebeles

Alvin And The Chipmunks – Road Chip Movie Review

 

Alvin and The Chipmunk – Road Chip, the fourth movie in the series of live action CG movies bring together Dave, Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Chipettes and a trip to Miami.   Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.   Along the way they confront obstacles and an infamous air marshall.  The movie is in theaters December 18!

The movie cast includes   Jason Lee as Dave,  Justin Long as voice of Alvin, Matthew Gray Gubler as voice of Simon, Jesse McCartney as voice of Theodore,  Tony Hale as Agent Sugg, Bella Thorne as Ashley Grey, Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Samantha, Josh Green as Miles, , Kaley Cuoco as voice of Eleanor, Anna Faris  as Jeanette and Christina Applegate as voice of Brittany and Stefan Kendal Gordy as RedFoo.   The movie is directed by Walt Beck.

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Alvin And The Chipmunks – Road Chip Movie Review

Alvin and the Chipmunks – Road Trip is a fun, music filled movie with lovable and endearing characters.  It is a great movie for  familes.  No matter what age you are you will walk away from the movie with positive lessons and catchy songs in your heart.   The movie is full of trendy music and dance routines which guarantees to have you dancing during and after the movie.   The relationship between Dave, Alvin and the Chipmunks, live action and trendy music  such as “Juicy Wiggle” by Redfoo, Iko Iko, Uptown Funk are a winning formula for this series.

 

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For additional information follow Alvin and the Chipmunks – Road Chip movie  on Twitter ,Facebook  or on the Alvin Movie Official Website .

Inland Empire Food Festivals | Tour De Fork At Victoria Gardens

We’re excited to support the 3rd annual Tour de Fork at Victoria Gardens on Thursday, June 11th.  I am sharing the event to support local cuisine and nonprofits.  The Tour de Fork at Victoria Gardens will benefit two local charities, including Rancho Cucamonga Community & Arts Foundation and Rancho Cucamonga Library Foundation.  100 percent of the event proceeds will go directly to these organizations.

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The event provides participants with a great way to enjoy local cuisine and give back to charity.  2015 Tour De Fork event tickets are now on sale.  Tickets are limited to the first 500 people, and must be purchased prior to the event date. Each ticket entitles a guest to unlimited food tastings, as well as five alcoholic beverage tastings.  The theme for the event is EAT, DRINK and GIVE BACK, a great way to encourage others to give back and support local cuisine.

 

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Im looking forward to tasting the menu for N7 Creamery, King’s Fish House and Crepes de Paris.  Can’t wait to taste all the yummy food & spirits.

Ticket pricing is as follows:

  • $40 per ticket if purchased at the Rancho Cucamonga Cultural Center Box Office
  • $42 per ticket if purchased online via paypal
  • $50 per ticket if purchased the week of the event

For event details, participating restaurants and to purchase tickets online visit: Victoria Gardens Buy Your Tour de  Fork page.  You can also RSVP and follow the event on Victoria Gardens Tour de Fork Facebook event.

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Participating restaurants include

Slater’s 50/50

Luna MMK

Blaze Pizza

T.G.I. Friday’s

Crepes de Paris

Lucille’s BBQ

P.F. Chang’s

Corner Bakery

Williams-Sonoma

BRIO

Paul Martin’s

CPK

N7 Creamery

Islamorada

Shakey’s Pizza

No Clue Craft Brewery

Firestone Brewing Co.

Dale Bros. Brewery

Hangar 24

Wicks Brewing

Joseph Filippi Winery

REV Brewing Co.

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San Antonio Winery

Wine Tailor

Wilson Creek Winery

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  I received complimentary tickets for me and a guest from Tour de Fork organizers.  All opinions are my own.

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