Poppies Update: Bloom Expected, Walker Canyon Closed
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: February 7, 2023.
As you can see, following the recent rainfall, the poppies are again beginning to bloom, but this will not be a Super Bloom similar to what we had in 2019.
CURRENT PLANS INCLUDE:
- Walker canyon trail CLOSED to all visitors.
- Parking in and around Walker Canyon are CLOSED
- Walker Canyon Road access at Lake Street is CLOSED.
- CHP requests that motorists keep the freeway shoulders open. The freeway shoulders are for emergency situations only.
- RSO will be citing and towing vehicles parked illegally.
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.