Poppies Update: No Super Bloom Expected, Walker Canyon Open

Post Date:03/15/2021 11:11 AM

Following the beautiful Super Bloom of 2019. each year the City of Lake Elsinore in partnership with Riverside County Parks and the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA) closely monitors Walker Canyon for potential poppy blooms. 

Below is the latest update. This information and date is only updated should the status change for the trail and/or if there is a sign of a bloom. 

DATE OF LATEST UDPATE: March 15, 2021 

The City of Lake Elsinore has had a dry winter overall with only 4.29 inches of rain as of March 15, 2021. In comparison, the City had more than 20 inches of rain during the 2019 Super Bloom (more information below). Therefore, at this time there are very little poppies blooming in Walker Canyon and it is unlikely this area will have a wildflower bloom this year. The City is working with our partners to closely monitor for a bloom and will update our website as, and if, anything changes.  

View latest rainfall data. 

The 2019 Super Bloom - Phenomenon 

In 2019, the hillsides east of Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore exploded with color in late February as a Super Bloom covered more than 1,600 acres of hillsides in and near the City. The "Super Bloom" attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors and lasted through early April 2019. 

However, this was a unique occurrence in the City. While the area has had beautiful wildflower blooms in the past, they have not been as expansive. In late 2018 and early 2019, the City of Lake Elsinore had as much as 20 inches of rain. This coupled with cooler temperatures and elevated wind led to the significant 2019 Super Bloom. 

Read more about the 2019 Super Bloom. 

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