Springtime is here! And so is the Super Bloom. I guess this is our reward for putting up with more than the usual number of rainy days in Los Angeles. It’s your chance to get the best Instagram pictures surrounded by pretty, colorful flowers. Here are the 7 pretty places to see the Super Bloom in LA (or within driving distance).
FYI, drive time is calculated from Downtown Los Angeles, so it’s pretty relative.
Point Mugu State Park
Drive: 1.5 hours
Details: Point Mugu State Park is located in Malibu just off the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s a great place to watch the sunset, hang out at the beach, and of course, see the wildflowers.
Chino Hills State Park
Drive: 1.5 hours
Details: To get to the wildflowers at Chino Hills State Park, you’ll have to hike in about one mile because you won’t see them right away. The park is only open until 5pm and some trails are closed, so check the website before you go for updates.
Diamond Valley Lake
Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
Drive: 2 hours
Details: The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is located just 16 miles west of Lancaster. The poppies have been blooming as of March 17th with such color that they can be seen from across the valley, according to their website,. They predict that it will be getting better within the next few weeks with the peak spread during late March and early April.
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Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
Drive: 2 hours
Details: The Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve is located in Lake Elsinore in Riverside County. It borders Anza-Borrego State Park, so you can make this a two-part trip if you still can’t get enough of the Super Bloom.
Joshua Tree National Park
Drive: 2.5 hours
Details: There have been sightings of wildflowers most recently on the south end of the park, according to DesertUSA.com. Just on March 17th, there were wildflowers just on park entrance road just north of the freeway.
California has been suffering from a 5 year drought. But in the past few months, we've had tremendous amount of rain – causing what they call the "Super Bloom." There are sections of California's dessert that have been blanketed with wild flowers. Here in Joshua Tree, my friend Ryan Waters and I explored this Super Bloom … it was an amazing afternoon. #sunset #joshuatreenationalpark #joshuatree #superbloom #superbloom2017 #edwinsantiago
Anza-Borrego State Park
Drive: 3 hours
Details: The Anza-Borrego State Park looks to be the most popular spot to see the Super Bloom! They are experiencing high traffic volume to the park due to a large influx of visitors, according to their website. There are warnings traffic delays and long wait for parking, so they recommend coming early and on a weekday. Parking is limited and is $5 per vehicle.
Still obsessed with wildflowers and want to know more? Check out the Theodore Payne Foundation’s Wild Flower Hotline which has been offering free weekly wildflower updates for Southern and Central California for 34 years! Emmy-award winner, Joe Payne, is the voice of the Wild Flower Hotline and you can listen here every week for his updates.
If you’re not in the mood to drive far away, there are some wildflowers blooming in the city in Griffith Park, Elysian Park, and Ascot Hills Park. They’re just not considered part of the actual Super Bloom.