With all of the buzz regarding the “Super Bloom” going on Southern California right now (you can track the Anza Borrego State Park wildflower reports here if you’re interested), don’t forget that you can see wildflowers around the Bay Area too! Our peak bloom season should occur in late April and May, so there’s still plenty of time to grab and picnic and lace up those hiking boots.
1. Chimney Rock, Point Reyes National Seashore
As you traipse past thousands of blooms, make sure to also keep your eyes peeled for gray whales, elephant seals, and birds on this 1.75 mile roundtrip jaunt.
2. Mitchell Canyon, Mount Diablo State Park
This four mile out and back trail winds through oak savannas and riparian zones, and soon will be full of wildflowers. Look for sweet yellow buttercups and lupine. You can also extend your hike and continue uphill to Eagle Peak if an eight mile hike is more your speed.
Stunning views of the bay, and fields of poppies, sticky monkey flower, and lupines- what could be better!
Where are your favorite places to see wildflowers in the spring? Let us know in the comments!