Viewing Wildflowers in Southern California

Wildflowers are in full bloom in Southern California thanks to a very rainy winter. In some areas, wildflower are so abundant it renders the term superbloom, as multiple hillsides are blanketed with bright wildflowers. While of the phenomenon can be seem all over the internet through various social media channels, the experience is not the same as an in-person visit. Here is a list of few areas that you can still visit before the season is over.


1. Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore

Photo courtesy of Michael Juliano

The superbloom is in full force at Walker Canyon drawing many visitors from all over the world.  Bright orange poppies that densely line the rolling hills of the canyon gives it a natural glow. Visitors looking to visit during the weekend should take note that the trail is only accessible via a shuttle. Check out the city of Lake Elsinore’s website for more info.


2. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Photo courtesy of CC/Flickr

For this location, peak poppy season is usually between March and April. At the moment, there are many patches of poppies and other wildflowers in bloom in and around the surrounding areas of the park. Check the park’s website for the latest bloom status.


3. Malibu Creek State Park

Photo courtesy of CC/Flickr/pwever

Despite the Woolsey Fire that devastated Malibu Creek State Park, the abundance of rainful this past winter has helped bring new life to the area. Recent hikers to the area are finding patches of greens sprouting and flowers blooming on the hillsides. Not to anyone looking to bring their dog along for the viewing, park regulations states that dogs are not allowed on the park trails, fire roads, or in the back country. Check out the park’s website for more info.

For more general information on Southern California wildflowers, check out the Desert USA website for their Southern CA – Wildflower Reports. Additionally, the Wild Flower Hotline provides a new report recording every Friday, call 818 768-1802, ext. 7, or visit their website here. Happy flower viewing!

Have you visited any of the sites mentioned above? Which was your favorite? How did you experience this year compare to previous superblooms?


Posted on March 31, 2019 at 9:37 am
Christine Navarro | Category: Events

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