Where to Find Wildflowers: 11 Places That Are Not Lake Elsinore

The area around Lake Elsinore has been teeming with late-winter visitors due to a major flower bloom, but that's not the only place to see wildflowers

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Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association (ABDNHA)

A weekend crush of visitors swarmed the Lake Elsinore area southeast of Los Angeles, drawn to its fields of wildflowers for a stunning late-winter bloom.

But the influx forced the city to close off the Walker Canyon trail due to conditions described as "unbearable."

Looking for an alternative? Blooms at the locations below vary in size and spectacle, but you'll still enjoy a spring visit. Peak season in Los Angeles County is usually mid-March to early April, so there are still a few more weeks before it's all over. 

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Note: Some areas might be subject to closure due to winter rainfall. Visitors should be aware of rules, especially at state nature reserves, and possible road closures. 

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Yes, it's a long drive from LA, but there are several locations within the park to find wildflowers at this state park about 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Like many state parks, Anza-Borrego posts updates on its wildflower bloom.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Poppies and other flowers are expected to reach peak bloom in April at the reserve north of Los Angeles. There are trails that loop through the fields of brilliant orange. Call the reserve hotline for status updates at 661-724-1180 or click here for information.  

Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park

Located west of the Antelope Valley reserve, this state park also offers a lot to view. Click here for location and information.

Carrizo Plain National Monument

This vast nature area is about 170 miles from LA, so be prepared for a journey and an adventure. Click here for information.

Irvine Ranch

Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks is here to help this spring. The OC organization has tours and wildflower updates here.

Malibu Creek State Park

The park was damaged in a November 2018 wildfire, but some areas have recovered in time for a late-winter bloom.  You'll find purple lupin and California poppies along Crags Road Trail. Click here for information. 

Santa Catalina Island

Located off Long Beach, the island is part of a chain that features hundreds of species of plant life. Click here for details. 

Tejon Ranch

North of LA and east of the 5 Freeway, Tejon Ranch is a sprawling conservation area. The Tejon Ranch Conservancy offers a community hike program that explores the area's wildflowers. Details are here.

Onyx Ranch

This is a State Vehicular Recreation Area, one of nine SVRAs in California. It's in eastern Kern County near Highway 14 on the edge of the Mojave Desert. What to know about SVRAs.

Palos Verdes Peninsula

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers nature walks and a list of best hikes.

Point Mugu State Park

Located south of Oxnard off Highway 1, the park has about 70 miles of hiking trails. Wildflowers are blooming in the La Jolla Valley. Click here for updates.

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