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2019 Southern Ca. Wildflower Reports

March 30, Rick and Margarita Report: On 03/28/19, we drove to Antelope Canyon Poppy Reserve for the first time. Lots and lots of poppies in excellent shape. Plus other flowers in the surrounding area. Lots and lots of people too. Get to the parking lot early, probably before 9AM or you will have to park on the road and walk 1/2 mile to the park headquarters. If you don't make it in time, there are lots of spots along the road to park plus other areas out of the park to view the poppies. If you are adventurous, drive around the area. There are lots of patches of poppies and other flowers blooming. Look towards the foothills south of the Reserve. Also head south on 110th st. West. It turns into Johnson Rd and winds up a canyon where we found a wonderful hillside full of poppies plus others.

March 29, Daria reports: These photos were taken 3/28/19 just outside of Mojave along highway 14 (Google Map Link)

March 29, Kathy reports: I took these pics on March 26, on the Pentachaeta Trail in Triunfo Canyon Park, Westlake Village that was affected by the Woolsey Fire. This trail, even during our drought years, always was great place for wildflowers. This year with fire and rains will make this the best show ever. The blooms are taller, bigger, more abundant and more diverse. Hard to get a picture that captures the beauty on this mile long trail. Right now, the endemic and endangered Lyon's Pentachaeta with the Coast Goldfields are carpeting the canyon. Other flowers include: Popcorn Flower, Miner's Lettuce, Owl Clover, Fiesta Flower, Chocolate Lily, California Peony, Filaree, Eucrypta, California Poppy, Ground Pink, Wishbone Bush, Red Maids, Wild Hyacinth, Wild Cucumber, Lacepod, Globe Gilia, California Plantain and Shiny Lomatium.

March 28, Peter reports: Photo Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve 3/26/19


March 28, Scott reports: My yardstick for a rainy season is the Desert Candle.  These are 3.56 miles NW of McDonald’s in California City on F st. between 120th st. and O st.  The sheep came through here the last time we had lots of rain and clear-cut grazed everything down to the dirt - right during the middle of the bloom peak.  I was worried that the Desert Candles were devastated from that onslaught, but they’re back!

March 28, Amy reports: These were taken at The Poppy Reserve in Palmdale on Sun March 24th.  Poppies are in full bloom now. 

March 26, B2H reports: Taken 3/23 on the PCT near Hiker Town in Neenach.

March 26, Keung reports: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve on 3/24/2019. It was better than the 2017 super bloom.

March 25, Scott reports: About midway between Rosamond and Mojave and about 1/2 to 3/4 mile west of Highway 14.  No-trail/loose-rocks hiking to get up to where I took this photo, and 4x4 roads/trails to get close enough to hike - typical high desert terrain.  The bloom peak is coming soon - already here for some flowers, soon to follow for others.

March 25, Steve reports: I traveled to the Kern Valley last weekend and there was a lot of color (mostly orange due to fiddleneck and poppies) for almost all of the Kern Cyn.  The attached photo was taken 3/17 next to the 178 near Greenhorn Creek.  Those are white flowers in the foreground, not snow.  ;-)
I've owned property up that way for 19 years and this is the biggest show of flowers I've ever seen in the canyon. I expect the show to be even better now.

March 25, Todd reports: Friday, March 22. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. Cold, windy morning. Poppies didn't open until after 11am. Very dense in places. Still patchy in others. Probably another week or two before peak.

March 22, Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of March 21st, the poppies are in full bloom on the east side of the park and blooming or starting to bloom in the rest of the park. Along the Lightning Bolt Trail you can also see evening snow, wild parsley, blue dick, lacy phacelia, pygme-leaved lupine, western forget-me-not, fiddleneck, filaree, slender keel fruit and goldfield blooming. Along the Antelope Trail you can find hairy lotus and mustard in bloom, and along the Poppy Trail North Loop you can find phlox and fringe pod blooming (with some of the other flowers mentioned). The Joshua trees are blooming, too. We are expecting the bloom to be best through April.

Photos by Ranger Matthew Williams

March 22, Scott reports: Not in the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, but close.  I had my own private field of flowers to myself to spend an hour or so taking pictures.  Things are just getting started. Lotsa acreage looks like it’ll bloom in a week or two.

March 21, Khandi reports: Along the 178 East from Bakersfield, there are patches of poppies, lupine, and these flowers that I couldn’t identify. You can see along the hillsides that flowers are blooming and yet to peak. I wish I could’ve gotten more pictures. I’d imagine there are more flowers higher in altitude that I’m not sure how to access! There are pull-outs along the road that I believe you can park momentarily, and campgrounds that I have yet to visit. This was the only picture I could get along the Kern River. (Google Map Link)

March 21, Wesley reports: Corn Spring in the Chuckwalla Mountains was interesting with a lot of lupine in the wash and brittlebush on the hills. Side canyons were quite diverse with many species I hadn't seen before. (Google Map Link)

March 21, Lee reports: The moon canyon trail at the Coachella Preserve is in full bloom without crowds Whitewater pass has nice patches of color on the hills. Dillon road on the way to the preserve is very showy with many different varieties

March 20, Angela reports: California Blue Bells.La Loma Hills in Colton. March 17 (Google Map Link)

March 19, Jim reports: Red Rock Canyon State Park in the Mojave Desert has some beautiful blooms. The Hagan canyon trail is just beginning to bloom with yellow flowers. The Red Rooster area has carpets of yellow flowers and patches of purple. (Google Map Link)

March 19th, Patrick reports: The easy-to-briefly-moderate hiking trail through the active Olinda Oil Museum park has quite a few lupine, and many other species I cannot identify, but I took tons of photos! These are primarily around the half-mile mark from the trailhead at the Olinda Oil Museum itself... The lupine seem to be hitting their peak this week, I think, so go now! It's not a huge plot of flowers, but they are right next to the trail and quite accessible without trampling anything or cutting trail. (Google Map Link)

It's a quick in-and-out with great views of OC and southern LA County all the way to the horizon!

March 19th, Mark reports: Mecca Hills Wilderness 03/16/2019 Off Box Canyon Rd.(washed out, but mostly passable) a couple or so miles in past the road closed signs on the Mecca side. The canyon to the north. Can't find name of canyon. People are driving it.  (Google Map Link)

March 19th, Scott reports: California City, California - Southwest corner of California City Boulevard and Twin Buttes Avenue intersection.  Spiratone Plura-Coat f2.8 20mm mounted on Sony a7 - set at closest possible focus with aperture set wide open for shallow depth-of-field and swirly bokeh.

The hill above sits just east of California City Boulevard between Tatum Road and Desert View Avenue, but the purple aprons are pretty much the norm for many of the hills in the area.

March 18th, Lynn reports: Randall Henderson Canyon Trail in Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument is in full bloom.  The trail offers a large variety of wildflowers and cactus in bloom.  The best variety and abundance of wildflowers can be found along the first 1/2 mile of the trail in the wash at the base of the mountain.  Most of the Brittle Bush along the trails are in full bloom with yellow flowers. A few still have buds, but others have started to fade a little.  Lupine, Chuparosa, rock daisies, phacelia, chicory, poppies, desert lavender and a few ghost flowers are in full bloom.  I saw several fishhook cactus in bloom on the rocky slopes and the beaver tail cactus are just starting to pop with bright magenta flowers.  Most still have buds, but you will see a number starting to bloom along the trail.  The poppies are a bit further up the wash on the left bank.  The trailhead is at the parking lot of the Visitor’s Center along 74 near Palm Desert, CA.  There are no fees, and I would recommend going within the next few days to a week to experience the best of the show.

March 17, 2019 Camelia reports: These were taken 3/15 at Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, around the North Loop Trail. Still early season, but they’re starting to flower. (Google Map Link)

March 17, 2019 Lynn reports: In Indian Canyons along the Andreas Canyon Trail, the wildflower show is just getting started.  There are more flower buds than blooms, but I predict that in about 7-10 days the trail will be in full bloom and you will probably have blooms extending into the first week or two of April before they start to fade in the heat.  Yellow brittle brush and the purple Canturbery Bell will be abundant.  I spotted one Apricot Globemallow in bloom, one prickly pear cactus high on the rocky cliff and one barrel cactus in bloom.  Map link

There were a lot of brittle brush that had a lot of buds, but no blooms yet. There were some white rock daisies and popcorn flowers blooming. There were some chia blooming, chicory and fiddleneck too.   This area trail will be exploding with color at the end of the month.  Park fee is $9 per person, but it gives you access to all of the Indian Canyons.  Rangers said Andreas Canyon has the best variety of wildflowers.  

March 17, 2019 Donald reports: Hidden Valley Loop, Coachella Valley Preserve, March 15, 2019.
Booth's Evening Primrose, Brittle Bush, Canterbury Bells, Cheesebush, Creosote Bush, Desert Chicory, Desert Dandelions, Desert Lavender, Desert Lupine, Desert Pincushion, Desert Sand Verbena, Desert Spruce, Desert Sunflowers, Evening Primrose, Gilia Stellata, Gold Poppies, Kramera, Phacelia, Popcorn Flowers, Rock Daisy, Sacred Datura, Sand Blazing Star, Silver Cholla budding, Spanish Needles, Wild Buckwheat. (Google Map Link)

March 16, 2019 Sara reports:
I went to the Antelope Valley today, March 15.  Poppies are growing on the sheltered south-facing hillsides east and south of the Poppy Preserve. The areas with good poppy bloom right now near the Preserve are very limited and appear to be all private property.  So it's really a drive-by or short stop on the shoulder situation (though I did see a lot of folks tromping around off the road).  It looks like at least several more days before the Reserve poppies will really be blooming.

There is a little walk-in area at the Ripley state park, but I took my photos from a generous shoulder along the boundary, so can't give any additional information about that.  There are lots of lovely Joshua trees blooming along the road in that area.

March 16, 2019 kylan reports: Taken on 3/14/19 at Jawbone OHRV and California Poppy Preserve area. Weather was windy, sunny and the blooms were light, but beautiful.

March 15, 2019 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of March 13th, poppies are blooming on the east side of the park. The Joshua trees and tiny forget-me-nots, slender keeled fruit and filaree flowers are blooming. We are expecting the bloom to be best through April.

Poppies open up in mid morning, and curl up in the late afternoon/evening or if it’s cold, so check the weather forecast before arriving. The weather can change suddenly and it is frequently windy here during the spring. This is a DESERT grassland, so drink water often. Note that it can be very windy here in the spring.

March 15, 2019 Mike reports: Hiking around Lake Poway (3/13/2019). South side of every hillside is in bloom. Light rain the last few days has prolonged the bloom. There is even a small waterfall (12’) flowing nicely on the East side of the lake, close to where the trail to Potato Chip Rock branches off from the lake loop trail.

March 15, 2019 Richard reports: The following pictures were taken March 12 at the Coachella Valley Preserve.  One needs to walk a ways past the 2 oases and up the ridge, but the trail is good.


March 13, 2019 Zhiying reports: Bane Ridge trail in Chino Hill State Park at Mar 10. (Google Map Link)

March 12, 2019 Av reports: These were all taken at Cochella reserve. You need to hike to the pond (easy 1 mile)  Take side path to flowers.  So pretty (Google Map Link)


March 9, 2019 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of March 8th, poppies are starting to bloom on the east side of the park. The Joshua trees and tiny forget-me-nots, slender keeled fruit and filaree flowers are blooming. We are expecting the bloom to be best late-March through April.

March 8, 2019 Angela reports:
Desert Dandelions seen March 5, 2019 in Palm Springs, CA.

March 8, 2019 Kathy reports: Satwiwa in the Santa Monica Mountains.  More specifically the south facing slopes on the Danielson Fire Road as it descends to the waterfall.  There were a big variety of flowers just on this trail: Parry's Phacelia, California Poppy, Wishbone Bush, Bush Sunflower, Popcorn Flower, Black Mustard, Stinging Lupine, California Everlasting, Wild Radish, Mustard Evening Primrose, Deer Lotus, Wild Hyacinth and Morning Glory. Photos taken 3/5/19 (Map Trail PDF)

March 5, 2019 Jean reports: We went to the Mission Trails Regional Park. There are some flowers along the Oat Valley trial near the waterfall. Attached are some pictures. (map link)

March 4, 2019 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of March 2nd, poppy plants are still small and a few have started blooming. We expect the bloom will be best mid-March through April. Some small "belly flowers" such as filaree, slender keel fruit and forget-me-nots have started blooming on the east side of the park. The Joshua trees in front of the visitor center are blooming.

March 1, 2019 Nancy reports: Chino Hills State Park, Bane Ridge trail. Map

March 1, 2019 Debo reports: Chino Hills State Park behind Green River golf course on 91 freeway.  FYI- difficult hike to get to these views. Also, several miles before you reach them. Photos 2-27-19

Feb 28, 2019 Esmeralda reports: Indio, California (Biskra Palms) by the San Andreas Fault line.


Feb 27, 2019 Debo reports: Anaheim Hills - Yucca trail (map link)

Feb 26, 2019 Tina reports: Mission trails regional park! (Map Link)

Feb 26, 2019 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: The first poppies have started blooming! Most poppy plants don't have their first buds yet, so we expect the bloom will be best starting mid-March and may last through April.  If you look closely, there are a lot of tiny-flowered slender keeled fruit, filaree, and forget me nots. The Joshua tree in front of the visitor center is also blooming! Please remember to stay on the official trails; photos IN the flowers are not allowed in the park.

Feb 25, 2019 KMN reports: February 24, 2019 Image 1 & 2. North of Carrizo Plain National Monument at the junction of Highway 58 and 7 Mile Road (map link), on south facing slopes. Yellow flowers are Hillside Daisy, Monolopia lanceolata and lavender flowers are Phacelia ciliata. Image 3 & 4 Northwest corner of the intersection of Highway 58 and Old Tracy Road, 1/2 mi. west of Interstate 5. Goldfields, Lasthenia sp., and the few white flowers are Tidytips, Layia glandulosa. Images taken with a Samsung Smartphone. by KMN

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Feb 25, 2019 Cindy McIntyre reports: Carrizo Plain National Monument, California- a patch of yellow hillside daisies and a streak of purple phacelia have made an appearance at the intersection of the monument's Seven Mile Road and State Hwy 58 (map link). It's the only sign of wildflowers in the monument or on Hwy 58 headed west, but it sure is a showstopper. Everything is green from all the nice rain, and it should really be popping all over in the next two weeks. (

Feb 25, 2019 zippyguy reports: Hi, I went to Walker Canyon today (Sunday, February 24th.) I found many poppies blooming. {map link}

Feb 22, 2019 BLM reports: As of February 21, 2019, it was snowing in Carrizo Plain National Monument, so no big blooms of flowers yet.

Feb 22, 2019 Jule reports: Regarding the wildflowers Lee sent in off Lake Street between Corona and Lake Elsinore. There are only 5 parking spaces and the frontage road is technically closed as construction is being done. The only access according to the State Park Ranger is straight up the dirt road as the whole area is a conservation area. The State Park Ranger has been and will be handing out tickets to anyone stepping off the trail and will be towing any cars not parking on the designated parking spots. CHP has also stated that they will not allow people to park on the side of the highway. Just a word of warning as I live off this exit and we have talked to the Ranger since it impacts our ability to exit and safely get to our homes. Thank you.

Feb 21, 2019 Lee reports: Taken near the 15 freeway and Indian Truck Trail, basically near the northern end of the poppies along the Interstate 15 .  The poppies are blooming high up on the hills in this area.

Feb 19, 2019 Lee reports: The poppies are near lake street by lake Elsinore  There is a nice display on the hills between corona and lake Elsinore on the east side on the 15 fwy There is a small parking area on the east side of the freeway at Lake st. You can walk up the hills to get better views and/ or walk down the frontage road about 1/2 mile to the cell tower.


Feb 18, 2019 Zippy reports: I found some poppies in the Chino Hills State Park.


Feb 16, 2019 Michael reports: I’m a bit late sending this to you (taken 2/2/2019), but they still might be relevant.  These were taken at Slab City near the water tanks, lower and upper.  There is Sand Verbena and numerous Desert Lilies blooming, along with a few other flowers.

Feb 14, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Lots of rain in California today. Conditions are very wet on the Carrizo Plain NM; another 1-3 inches of rain are anticipated for today and tomorrow. Currently the dirt portion of Soda Lake Road is impassable.

Feb 13, 2019 Craig reports: Hi Jim, using the tips on this page we did a nice hike in the Coachella Valley Preserve taking McCallum trail to Moon County Trail.  Great stands of Desert Sunflower (Geraea canescens), Hairy Sand Verbena (Abronia villosa), Wild Heliotrope (Phacelia distans) and Desert Lupine (Lupinus sparsiflorus)

Feb 11, 2019 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: Young poppies are still sprouting and the first flowers aren't expected for a couple weeks. Some tiny forget-me-nots and slender keeled fruit flowers have been spotted. We won't have a "superbloom" this year but we are expecting a very good or even great bloom. (Location Map)

Feb 11, 2019 Robin reports: Thousand Palms area and Coachella Valley Preserve from Feb 9, 2019 Sand verbena and Correopsis are plentiful on both sides of Thousand Palms highway. The hills of the Coachella Valley Preserve are painted in yellow and the McCallum Trail provides a front row seat to the show.



Feb 10, 2019 Jim reports: Some poppies are starting to bloom along the back country roads in San Diego area.

Feb 7, 2019 Bob reports: This is a follow-up to my post from a week or so ago for the Lindero-Triunfo area trails, specifically at Triunfo Creek Park (Map).  The hills are alive with the glow of shooting stars, now with pinks popping out, too!  We ran into Tim from the Theodore Payne center on the trail on 2/6; we greatly appreciate the work they do there.  Here's the lowdown on where the flowers are this week in a bit more trail detail; some people didn't know where to go.

At the park, there are two primary trails:  the Pentachaeta Trail and the Reservoir Trail.  The shooting star party is now along both trails; the Pentachaeta branch is the easier of the two to access, although the Reservoir patch now has blooming pinks.

Feb 6, 2019 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: It's rainbows and bluebirds at the Poppy Reserve! No poppy flowers yet, maybe starting in a couple weeks.

Feb 4, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is getting more rain and things are looking better for the poppies, but more rain is needed to keep them growing into the spring.

Southern California received another 1 1/2 inches of rain last week and more is on the way.

Feb 1, 2019 Debo reports: Chino Hills behind Green River Golf Course.  Jan 27, 2019

Jan 30, 2019 Don reports: Mission Creek Preserve - stone cabins & pool Friday, January 25, 2019

Jan 30, 2019 DesertUSA reports: A new storm this week will bring rain to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve and Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Jan 28, 2019 Bob reports: Southern California - Thousand Oaks Fire Area. Some of the trails have reopened, and we went looking for shooting stars, which bloom around here the latter part of January.  Fire or not, they were out in spades as usual, right on schedule this year.  These were taken along the upper end of the Reservoir Trail off Triunfo and Lindero Canyon Roads in Thousand Oaks, in an area burned in the Woolsey Fire last November.  We also caught some cute pinks and an Indian Warrior triplet.



Jan 28, 2019 Mimi reports: The hills in Orange County near me are starting to bloom too. Here are some photos from 1/20/19 at Peters Canyon. I’d guess another 2 weeks to full bloom of this cycle.

Jan 25, 2019 Jeff reports: Taken 1/21/19 Coachella Valley Preserve, Moon Country Trail.  Fields of Desert Sunflower, Verbena and unknown purple flowers. 

Jan 22, 2019 Mimi reports:
Took these photos along the Pushwalla Palms Trail in the Coachella Valley Preserve on Saturday, January 19. So fun!!! Can’t wait to get out again next weekend. 


Jan 18, 2019 MED reports: There are dozens of species blooming off the Pushwalla parking area (Coachella Valley Preserve).   Just walk the flats and washes.  It's quite astounding. 


Jan 17, 2019 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: The Poppy Reserve received another inch of rain overnight. Season total now 5.74 inches.

Jan 14, 2019 DesertUSA reports: A new storm this week will bring rain to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve and Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Jan 9, 2019 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: We have had very little rain this winter, but we are still hoping for a good bloom in the spring. The hotline will start updating in early February.

Jan 1, 2019 DesertUSA reports: There's been a good amount of rain so far in Southern California. The outlook for wildflowers at this point in time is good.


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