Your Guide to the California Super Bloom

Brianna Kozlarek / Tuesday April 2, 2019

Image via The LA Girl

If you’re up to date on our IG stories, you know that last week we shared pictures that I (Brianna) took on a trip to the California Super bloom. Just like yours probably has, my IG feed had been flooded with amazing pictures of bloggers surrounded by beautiful vibrant hues of green, yellow, purple, red and green flowers with a backdrop of lush green hills. Heaven in a picture, no? We had to see for ourselves. So we drove out on Sunday morning, braved the INTENSE traffic and crows, hiked hands and knees up a mountain and experienced on the most epic super blooms of native wildflowers California has ever seen. This is due to the crazy rainy winter season we had and my friends, the poppies are poppin’. If you have the opportunity, we highly recommend viewing this incredible display of nature while it lasts (prob til May). One word of warning: when you go, we know you want to get the insta shot, but please stick to the trails and don’t crush any of the poppies so that they can be preserved for generations to come.

For those who can make their way down to the Californian coast my best suggestion would be to fly into San Diego Airport, rent a car and head down the I-15N. This route will take you first towards Walker Canyon within an hour (without traffic) around the outskirts Los Angeles to Antelope Valley within another 2 hours and if you feel like road tripping further still Carrizo Plain National Park is another 2 hours from Antelope Valley. Here’s the spots to check out:

 

Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore

The most popular spot, most new-reported spot, and the one we checked out. This  is a canyon in the Temescal down the Mountains in Riverside county (just outside Los Angeles) California. The Walker Canyon trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Elsinore.

Walker Canyon is one of the foremost popular poppy field so if you do decide to make a stop here I would suggest you try to get here before 11am and 100% go on a weekday to try and beat the traffic and congestion. Due to the intense crowds the town has actually closed this spot a few times, so keep an eye on the news before you go. You can park in the designated parking area and take the shuttle bus to the entrance of the park, or park in town and take a leisurely stroll (about 2-3 miles) to the trailhead if you don’t want to deal with more crowds and shuttle lines. Note: the porta potty situation here is DIRE so, prepare yourself, and bring lots of water.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Image via LA Mag

About 70 miles outside of northern Los Angeles and constituting the western tip of the Mojave Desert. It is situated between the Techachapi and the San Gabriel Mountains (I totally had to google this.) The poppy display is a flower showstopper.  One great resource here is that the California State Parks website continually updates the bloom status throughout wildflower season, noting the flowering flora along each trail. Extra bonus: this spot is much more prepared for visitors, so expect a better traffic flow and more amenities.

Carrizo Plain National Park

Image via Earth Space Blog

75miles inland, these beautiful unspoiled grasslands are some of the largest in California. Expect to see expanses of yellow and purples from coreopsis, tidy tips and phacelia as well as jewel flower budding and owl’s clover across the vast terrain.

What to Bring: Sunscreen; Water and snacks; Hiking shoes (no heels babes, or carry them and change), a camera, and rosé. Editors note: Rosé will always be on our list of things to bring, regardless of the activity 😉