Best Places To See California Wildflowers Super Bloom

Updated 4/07/2019

Rain brings Second Super Bloom in Two years

Wondering where the best places to see California Wildflowers Super bloom? With the recent combination of  cold weather, heat and heavy rains we are in the middle of  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.

 

 Best places to see California wildflower super blooms

 


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Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve
The 1800 acre state park is currently in full bloom.  The winter rains have created an abundance of picturesque wild flowers in the Antelope Valley desert, but nothing as spectacular as the Poppy reserve.   Make it a day trip and visit the 8 mile poppy reserve 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!

This area is also kid-friendly. However, do not bring your dogs.   There are a lot of rules at this park, but they are worth it because they help protect and preserve the poppies.  Stay on the trails.  Do not pick the flowers. Photos in the flowers are not allowed.  The fragrance of poppies is in the air. 

Entrance cost is $10 per car.  The park offers shaded picnic tables and restrooms.  The best restrooms are located at the visitor center.  Be prepared for strong winds.   Check weather and forecast for wind and gust weather advisories.  Visit the poppy preserve anytime during the months of March and April to view the beautiful Southern California poppies in bloom.   Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

 


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Anza Borrego Desert State Park
Anza Borrego Desert State Park’s superbloom is currently in full effect.  The perfect combination of rain, heat and terrain conditions cover barren landscape areas with a canopy of wildflowers forming colorful fields of flowers called Super blooms.

The superbloom in Anza Borrego desert is spectacular. 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, bighorn sheep and wildflower preserves. The March and April bloom are expected to cover most of the park.   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.  Cost per car is $10.  Senior Discounts.

Make sure to download the ABDNHA Wildflower Map for best locations before you go to Anza Borrego to find Superblooms inside and outside the park in surrounding areas.  Treat yourself to a self tour of the 130 Galleta Meadows Metal sculptures as well.

 

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

 


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Diamond Valley Lake
The Lakeview trail and seasonal wildflower trails are in full bloom. 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.

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. The Wildflowers are in full bloom.  There is  also a $3 fee per person to enter trails.

Entrance Cost: $10 entrance.   $3 per person to enter trails.  Senior and Veteran Discounts.  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.   

 


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Walker Canyon Trail
The Walker Canyon Trail Poppy Fields super bloom has ended.  There are still poppies at Walker Canyon, but the color is not as vibrant.

Due to popularity of the superbloom and recent rains during the month of February and March, this years bloom has made this superbloom 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.

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.

Weekend Visitors: Walker Canyon Trail Lake Street exits are closed during the weekend due to popularity of the Poppy Fields.  All weekend visitors MUST use the shuttle service provided. Two parking areas will be offered. All Visitors exit Nichols Rd. NB visitors exit right to the Dirt Lot Parking Area.  Check City of Lake Elsinore – City Hall Facebook page for current updates on road closures & shuttle services during the weekend.  Check Lake Elsinore Superbloom for details on changes to view superbloom.  Weekend Shuttle Service: $10 per person

Weekday Visitors: 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 during the week. All  available parking is parallel parking only.  Check site for map of trail and parking availability.  Parking & Entrance Cost: Free

 

Related: Satellite images show Southern California’s super bloom from space

 

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.

 

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