Walker Canyon Now Open, Parking Limited
Visitors Asked to Keep the Area Clean and Beautiful
Poppy Update: The 2019 Super Bloom is a natural phenomenon unlike anything the City has ever experienced and demonstrates the extreme beauty of the City of Lake Elsinore. We would like to thank residents and visitors for their patience as we faced substantial challenges related to this international attraction.
Currently, the City is experiencing a high call volume. Walker Canyon is currently open. However, parking is very limited and no shuttles are available at this time.
Lake Street and Nichols Road are also now open. Anyone calling with complaints and/or suggestions related to the Super Bloom, please email us at PIO@Lake-Elsinore.org.
Thank you again to our residents and visitors for your patience as the City continues to find ways to address these challenges.
Super Bloom 2019 in Full Bloom
The Super Bloom is in now in full bloom. Thousands of visitors are flocking to the City to take a look at this beautiful, unique opportunity.
As a result, Interstate 15, Lake Street and Nichols Road are extremely congested due to traffic, particularly on the weekends. The City is working closely with our local law enforcement teams to evaluate various traffic control options to try to ease congestion. Options include shuttling services, traffic control, additional enforcement, and managed parking. However, while the City is attempting to do what we can to address these impacts, we highly encourage residents to avoid this area, if possible, and to choose alternative routes for Lake Street and Nichols Road if you can.
The City does not have jurisdiction or control of the 15 freeway, but will reach out to CHP and Caltrans for any support they may be able to provide. In addition, the trail is under the purview of Riverside County. Not the City. Unfortunately, this is a public path that is open to anyone.The City will continue to do what we can and evaluate the successes and failures and will adjust our efforts accordingly.
Video from Reuters of Super Bloom Featuring Mayor Steve Manos:
Preserve While You Observe
The Super Bloom is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy nature with friends and family. However, help us preserve these beautiful hillsides for many years to come by staying on established trails and avoiding walking, laying or standing on the flowers. Further, please help keep the area clean for by throwing trash away properly into the designated receptacles in the parking area.
RivCoParks encourages visitors to recreate responsibly and enjoy outdoor activities such as wildflower viewing. Below are some additional tips for making your visit to wildflower locations pleasurable while respecting the spaces for others to enjoy after you:
- Stay on established trails and do not trample vegetation.
- Each open-space area is unique. Remain on trails, park legally in lots and on roadsides when safe.
- Many of these areas are protected for rare, threatened, and endangered plants and animals. Irresponsible access to these areas is not only perilous to the protected species, in many cases it is illegal and could result in citations or fines.
- Picking flowers is prohibited. Taking pictures from a safe distance, including selfies, is legal.
- Use provided trash cans or receptacles when available. If none are provided, take your trash with you when you leave to help keep the area safe and enjoyable for others.
- Research where dogs are permitted and be sure to keep your dog on a leash and in your control at all times. Do not leave dogs unattended, including in your vehicles as temperatures can become dangerous.
- Beware of rattlesnakes. The warming spring weather that brings forth wildflowers, also spurs activity in reptiles. Rattlesnakes (Riverside County's only potentially dangerous snake) are only aggressive when threatened. Be vigilant. If one is spotted, give it a wide birth. Rattlesnakes are an important member of the natural ecosystem and are protected from harm on County owned lands.
- Drones are prohibited except by special permit. Off-highway recreation vehicles (OHV) are prohibited.
- Remember to check weather conditions and plan for your visit accordingly, packing plenty of water and sunscreen.
- Areas that are highly impacted by visitors are subject to closure based upon site conditions. Please check the RivCoParks website for information prior to your visit.
The recommended viewing area is Walker Canyon Trail located off of Lake Street on Interstate 15 (I-15). Parking is available along Walker Canyon Road. For safety and compliance, a Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station Community Services Officer (CSO) will be on site Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to assist with traffic. Parking will be available seven (7) days per week. All available parking is parallel parking only.
No parking is allowed along Lake Street and no stopping is allowed on the roadways at anytime. Turn Around Areas are established in certain areas on Walker Canyon Road (no parking in these areas). Parking is at your own risk.
Please use the map below to locate approved parking locations and the trail head access. Use caution while hiking and pay attention to posted signs.
ADA parking is available and trails are easily accessible.
For questions or concerns, please contact the City at 951-674-3124.