After experiencing the devastating atmospheric rivers this winter, Californians are gearing up for a Spring superbloom. This state is known for extremes– and this winter/spring is a perfect manifestation of that.
What is a super bloom or “superbloom”? It’s a rare botanical occurrence where an unusually high proportion of flowers sprout all at once from dormant seeds within the earth. It only happens when the conditions are just right. It requires a high seed bank, just the perfect amount of rain, a dry stretch after that to warm the soil just enough, cloud coverage at night for insulation and no damaging winds or other harsh encounters with the elements.
There are lots of amazing places in Southern California to view the superbloom. Below is the list of places drivable from LA.
1. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, Lancaster
2. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County
3. Point Dume Natural Preserve, Malibu
4. Corrizo Pain National Monument, Santa Margarita
If you are interested in traveling farther North we found a favorite spot on the central coast, the Point Buchon Trail. This stunning 8 mile hike along the pristine California coastline is just south of Montana De Oro State Park. It is on private land owned by PG&E and recently opened to the public. It allows only 275 people in a day (we made it in with only 10 spots left). About 2.5 miles in there is a stunning point where wildflowers bloom along the coast. Not to be missed.
5. Point Buchon Trail, San Luis Obispo County
May could be a little late for some of the desert flowers, but you might be able to catch them if you’re fast! Please note Walker Canyon at Lake Elsinore will be closed this year. Enjoy Spring!