When the winter rains fall heavy in California, our beautiful state flower explodes with a super bloom as we pass into spring. We’ve received well above average rainfall in 2019, which has caused a poppy super bloom unlike any in recent memory. This weekend, we made a drive down to Lake Elsinore and enjoyed one of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever laid eyes on.
The California Poppy is a perennial plant that is native to the western regions of the United States and Mexico. The California Poppy flowers in a brilliant shade of orange, and only fully opens during the day with sunlight. The flower of the poppy usually takes place between February and September.
We arrived in Lake Elsinore just after sunrise, but the sun was already warm, and the flowers were open. As we approached the trailhead, we were blown away by the bright orange patches canvassing the green hills to the east.
We began hiking upward into the super bloom and enjoyed an outing we won’t forget anytime soon. Here are my 15 favorite photos from the Lake Elsinore California Poppy super bloom!
Lake Elsinore is one of the best places to enjoy a poppy super bloom, but this has also created a number of problems for the locals of that small town. Just this weekend, 50,000 people drove down to visit. The traffic and gridlock of visitors is one things, but the chaos and destruction some leave behind is an entirely different problem. There are a lot of people that trample the poppies, trespass on private areas, and leave trash behind. If you do plan on visiting Lake Elsinore to view the super bloom, please do so with the utmost respect of Lake Elsinore’s residents, and keep to all of the Leave No Trace principles.