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2019 Southern Ca. Wildflower Reports Diamond Lake and Lake Elsinore Walker Canyon area

Note: Diamond Lake is closed Monday and Tuesday

Lake Elsinore area - on weekends all visitors must take a shuttle to the Poppy Area at a fee of $10.00 per person. There are also parking restrictions - the best time to visit is during the week.


April 5, 2019 Tomoko reports: We went to Lake Elsinore (April 2nd, Tuesday). We arrived at 10am and hiked for 3 hours to the end of the trail (since we were with our 6 years old daughter, it took longer..). The weather was amazing and we were able to see beautiful flowers. It felt like we were in a painting! We were able to park on Walker Canyon but had to park far to the end (took 10 min to walk to the trailhead). But when we were leaving at 1pm, there was hardly any cars parked on Walker Canyon. Also, many people hiked only for the beginning of the trail (or until half of it) and when we got to the end, there were only a few people there. It was very quiet and nice. If anyone is thinking about going there, I would recommend early afternoon (for easy parking) on weekday. Also, you need a hat, sunscreen, and water since there is no shade on the trail and it feels much hotter than the actual temperature.

April 1, 2019 Jianfei reports:  Wildflower Trail of Diamond Valley Lake. It’s magnificent super bloom. The “mega bloom” will be coming in one to two weeks per staff there. Photos 3/29/19

March 29, 2019 Mariusz reports: Walker Canyon past Wednesday. No obligatory shuttle during the week, but traffic was controlled by CHP, Caltrans, and City of Lake Elsinore. A bit crowded, but not too bad.

March 28, 2019 Charity reports: These were taken at the Wildflower Trail at Diamond Valley Lake on Sunday March 24. I am a Park Aide for the Multi-species Reserve where the trail is located. There will be Wildflower Walks taking place there on the following dates and times:

Saturday, March 30
Sunday April 7

The walks will take place twice daily, at 11:00AM and 1:00PM, and will last approximately 30 minutes each. The walks will begin at the entrance to the Wildflower Loop Trail.

March 28, 2019 John reports: These are from the Walker Canyon Area last Tuesday; wonderful displays of spring, I few down from Wa. to take photos.

March 26, 2019 Bob reports: This was taken 3 miles in at Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore, CA last week Tuesday.


March 25, 2019 YVW reports: Wildflowers from Diamond valley lake on March 23

March 21, 2019 Stan reports: Photos Lake Elsinore area March 19, 2019

March 20, 2019 Gal reports: These were taken March 18th at Lake Elsinore

March 20, 2019 Beverly reports: Diamond Valley Lake - Head out early and take water as it was sunny and warm.  Lots of cars lined up to get in when we left at 2:45 PM.  Views are stunning. 3/17 photos.

March 19, 2019 Keung reports: Walker Canyon photos on 3/17/2018.

March 19, 2019 Mark reports: Walker Canyon was a access and traffic mess last weekend. The news is reporting over "50,000" visitors. Mayor closed the area next weekend because of traffic jams and not enough facilities, and is asking people to visit mid week only.

March 18, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Lake Elsinore had to shut down access to Walker Canyon due to gridlock and traffic on Sunday. The entrance to Walker Canyon is open at this time.

March 18, 2019 Zhaofeng reports: I went to a place (15min hike from Grape st. by I15, with nobody there. (Google Map Link) Note: We do not know if access to this area is legal, check with locals.

March 18, 2019 Jonathan reports: Saturday at Diamond Valley Lake was a perfect day, with the snow still clearly visible in the mountains north of San Bernardino. Rains this coming week should keep the flowers colorful for the next week or two at more snow in the distance on the upper loop trail.  The scents and smells alone are worth the $10 parking fee and $3/person admission!



March 18, 2019 Hung reports: Walker Canyon Trail on Mar.15,2019

March 18, 2019 Zhiying reports: Flower trail at Diamond Valley Lake, CA 3/17/19

March 17, 2019 Jean reports: We went to the Diamond Valley Lake yesterday and it's gorgeous! Here are some of the pictures!


March 17, 2019 Robin reports: Diamond Lake views from the mile long Wildflower loop trail,  March 14, 2019! This was a beautiful relief from Walker Canyon. A good variety of flowers, just not the over abundance of poppies.

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