Lake Elsinore

Lake Elsinore to Close Car Access to ‘Super Bloom' Area

Lake Elsinore, overwhelmed by throngs of visitors seeking out a rare wildflower bloom, says it has a parking plan.

The city's police chief Michael Lujan said Thursday that weekend visitors will no longer be allowed to park on streets by a popular trail leading through patches of orange poppies.

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Rather, they will be sent to parking areas to buy tickets to board a shuttle to Walker Canyon.

The city about a 90-minute drive from Los Angeles was swamped last weekend with about 150,000 people craving to see the super bloom spawned by heavy winter rains.

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Officials shut access to the area Sunday as traffic was jammed and people fainted in the heat.


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Authorities also asked travelers not to park on the freeway to look at the flowers.

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