Places To See California Wildflowers This Spring


Throughout the hills of Northern California, there are massive wildflower blooms that provide massive spectacles for nature lovers. The massive blooms can be seen between March and the middle of July. Sometimes, blooms can come up as early as January. The time of year affects which flowers you see, and how many. The vantage point that you stand at also has a great affect on what you see.

Point Reyes National Seashore has the best vantage point for viewing wildflowers. There are about twenty commonly seen types of wildflowers, as well as up to about ninety identified types. Some of the flowers include sun cups, seaside daisies, sky lupine, poppies, buttercups, baby blue eyes, pussy ears, violets, footsteps-of-spring and iris.

If you want to see a lot of mustard and lot of poppies, go to the Briones-To-Mount-Diablo Trail. It is in Mount Diablo State Park. The poppies come up in big explosions, while the mustard comes in pockets.

In Midpeninsula Open Space District, you can see wildflower blooms at Pulgas Ridge, Russian Ridge, Monte Bello, Sierra Azul, Los Trancos and Pichetti. If you hike up Borel Hill, you can get a beautiful glimpse of the coastal foothills and the ocean. There are amazing wildflowers on the way up Borel Hill.

Daffodil Hill, a spot in the Sierra Foothills, puts on a show of about 300,000 daffodils. There are also other types of flowers, as well. Daffodil Hill is located on what used to be a ranch from the 1800s. The barn, equipment and wagon wheels from the original ranch can still be found there.

In Santa Cruz County, there is Rancho Del Oso. This place sits along Highway 1, south of Ano Nuevo State Park. Near the nature center, you will see up to 50 kinds of flowers, including shooting stars, western wake robin and buttercups.

In East Bay Regional Parks, you can go to Sunol Regional Wilderness. It is near Maguire Peaks Area. In Chabot Regional Park, you can see blue eyed grass, poppies and wild radish.

Alcatraz is a great place to be when flowers are in bloom. You can take a ferry there.

The Main Headlands trail allows you to see bay views, as well as wildflowers. The Bobcat Trail and the Coastal trail are the best trails there to go on.