Happy Spring! With the warm weather rolling in, the Southern California wildflowers have begun to bloom! Whether you want to take a weekend getaway or a sunny afternoon, we have a list of some of the best places to go to see the wildflowers!
Spring is here, which means Southern California wildflowers have made their appearance—and at some of these spots, they will continue to do so later into the year.
Take an afternoon off and enjoy a hike along the top of the iconic Malibu cliff to see hundreds of brilliant giant coreopsis that turn from dusty green to lively yellow each winter and spring. Parking can be limited on Cliffside Drive, between Birdview Avenue and Dume Drive, so we suggest hiking from the beach below.
Though the flowers are not expected to bloom as extravagantly this year as they did last year, the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is still a great place to go to see colorful clusters of sand verbena and graceful sand lilies. Each canyon —Borrego Palm Canyon, Henderson Canyon Road and Coyote Canyon—have variations of flowers. For a list of the varieties click here!
Enjoy rolling green hills and patches of poppies and yellow flowers while gazing at snow-capped mountains in the distance. To see the gorgeous flowers follow the lone park road, and just before it turns toward its terminus, you’ll see a dirt parking lot where Bane Canyon Road turns into Telegraph Canyon Road. Follow the signs for the Bane Ridge Trail and you’ll encounter poppies within 10 minutes. Warning, to enter the parking lot you’ll have to stuff $5 in an envelope which can cause a back up. Though, a traffic jam is still probably better than the alternative of parking into the residential area near the entrance, which is a few miles away from the wildflowers.
For a weekend away from the city, take a trip to the sprawling grasslands of Southeastern San Luis Obispo County. Though San Luis Obispo County stretches past what we’d typically consider Southern California, the three-hour trip is well worth it after a wet winter.
When the conditions are just right—as they were in 2017—we get a couple of weeks where the hillsides turn into mosaics of daisies, goldfields and other yellow, orange and purple flowers. As of early April, the area was carpeted in daises and goldfields, with splashes of poppies and baby blue eyes here and there. Do note that many roads within the park remain impassable due to winter storms, so you might have to hike on foot.