Pack your bags—a Super Bloom has begun in the west and will likely occur for the next couple months with waves of new color as each species takes its turn. Experts are forecasting this will be one of the most epic Super Blooms in decades! While getting outside is always awesome, timing your adventures for maximum super blooming is equal parts art, science, and luck. But no worries—we’ve got you covered with this Super Guide to the Super Bloom. We’ll be updating this post with breaking floral developments, and of course—book your campsite now to get the best spots!
Get stoked — witness the flower power of Super Bloom in California with this trip report from Hipcamper, Ezekiel Gonzalez’s tour of the south entrance of Joshua Tree National Park followed by camping at The Desert Pensione, The Joshua Tree Bom, CA.
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, south entrance
Hipcamp: The Desert Pensione, The Joshua Tree Bom, CA
“Seeds stored in the desert sands for 5, 10, or even 30 years have responded to the wetter-than-average conditions creating carpets of yellow, white and purple flowers,” says Cameron Barrows, associate research ecologist at the University of California: Riverside.
“The cause is a combination of the timing and amount of rain. The conditions are just right across much of California and the West.”
So, if you don’t want to suffer from a bout of floral FOMO, here are a few tips and reasons to check out the 2019 Super Bloom, and beyond.
Please uphold Hipcamp’s value to #LeaveItBetter and also the Leave No Trace 7 Principles. If flowers are crushed they cannot re-seed for the next season, so it’s crucial that all visitors stay on trail.
Flowers can be found from San Diego County to the Central Coast. Here’s where you have a good chance of witnessing flower power this upcoming weekend, and make sure to book your campsite in advance so you can stay out there!
• In the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, find many varieties of blooms lining the trails. The Stunt High Trail within the Cold Creek Preserve is recommended by the Theodore Payne Foundation’s Wild Flower Hotline. Camp near the Santa Monica Mountains.
• Lake Elsinore and Walker Canyon have put new rules in place to lessen the impact of visitors on the area. As many as 100,000 people visited the poppies last weekend, forcing the city to shut off access to the canyon, although it opened up a day later. If you’d like to visit Lake Elsinore or Walker Canyon, you’ll have to catch the $10 shuttle service to gain access. Camp near Lake Elsinore.
• Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve hosts visitors every spring who come to see the rolling hills of orange. Explore all eight miles of the preserve or stick to the 2.5-mile South and North Loops with a quick jaunt to Tehachapi Vista Point. Camp near Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve.
• Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is called the It park for wildflowers in 2019 according to the LA Times. Start at the Visitor center, and expect long lines as more than 2,000 people swing by on a weekend. Camp near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
• Diamond Valley Lake, Hemet is about 90 miles east of Los Angeles and is awash with wildflower displays from brilliant patches of orange poppies, deep blue lupine, and Canterbury bells to bright yellow goldfields. Camp near Diamond Valley Lake.
• The southern entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. Camp near Joshua Tree National Park.
White Tank Mountain Regional Park, about 30 miles northwest of Phoenix is one of the best places to see the orange and red poppies. Trails to check out include Goat Camp and Mule Deer for a short stroll or the eight-mile loop starting at Area 7 towards Willow Canyon Trail will reveal stunning displays as well. Camp near White Tank Mountain Regional Park.
If you find yourself outside this weekend, let us know! Tag @hipcamp or #hipcamp so we can share the love. Find more tips and a note about how to #LeaveNoTrace and #LeaveItBetter, check out Flower Power, 5 Tips for Visiting the 2019 Wildflower Superbloom.
Get out there this weekend! Check out the latest #superbloom posts on Instagram to help direct your voyage and if the date of the photo isn’t shared, consider commenting on the post to ask when the photo was from.
Find more tips and a note about how to #LeaveNoTrace and #LeaveItBetter, check out Flower Power, 5 Tips for Visiting the 2019 Wildflower Superbloom.
Here’s a list of places where you can find flowers the weekend of 3/1/19 in California:
• The Southern entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. Camp near Joshua Tree National Park.
• Lake Elsinore is awash in golden poppies, just off of Interstate 15 and onto Walker Canyon Road. Camp near Lake Elsinore.
Blooms have started in Mexico and may spread into Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and are already in Texas. Here’s a photo from Big Bend National Park, from February 17:
Going forward, here’s where you’ll have the best shot of seeing this natural wonder, up close and personal.
The orange poppies are expected to cover the rolling hills of the Reserve until mid-April. The Reserve lies an hour and a half from Los Angeles, on the west side of Lancaster. Find an updated wildflower forecast on the website. Find camping near Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.
The park three and a half hours from Los Angeles (two from San Diego) is known for healthy amounts of wildflowers, blooming in higher elevations, above the desert basin, first. Find an updated wildflower forecast on the website. Find camping near Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
There are large assortments of wildflowers usually reported on the East side of the famous park, one mile in from the entrance. Find an updated wildflower forecast here. Find camping near Joshua Tree National Park.
View nature’s fireworks at The Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obispo County. Stay nearby Blue Sky Center. Find a detailed wildflower report here. Find camping near Carrizo Plain National Monument.
Just under two hours from Sacramento, this reserve is a bastion for blooms. The reserve features great hiking opportunities and a few small waterfalls. Stay nearby at the Lake Oroville State Recreation Center. Find the wildflower report here. Find Camping Near North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve.
This park close to San Francisco won’t be experiencing a “desert super bloom” due to its climate and geography, but many flowers are beginning to pop up including the exquisite Calypso Orchid. Find camping near Mt. Tamalpais State Park.
The Eastern Sierras are alive with dense beds of wildflowers, come early-spring. And, because of the elevation these flowers bloom at, they tend to stick around longer than super blooms in more arid areas. Find camping near Sierra National Forrest.
Of course, we couldn’t chime in with some of our favorite Hipcamps before capping this off. Here’s a quick rundown on our top fifteen to check out.
Campsites are already being booked. Stay up to date on the latest hot spots to view the bloom by following Hipcamp on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Go forth and (responsibly) frolic in the flowers, gang!
Check back, we’ll be adding information about more locations over the coming weeks! ?Find more tips in our post, Flower Power: 5 Tips for Visiting the 2019 Superbloom.
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