Chino Hills State Park is one of the top places to view spring wildflowers in Southern California. It's best known for its beautiful poppy-clad hillsides. You can spot chic orange poppies already on the way to the park and along the Upper Aliso Canyon Trail. Besides you can check out dozens of other wildflower trails within the park and discover more species of flowers, such as violet owl clovers and lupines.
Chino Hill flower season
The wildflower season in SoCal is in full swing from March onwards through May at least, or even longer if you're up in higher elevations. However, the most vibrant month to enjoy bright California poppies and other flowers in Chino Hills is March and sometimes also early April. Poppies typically bloom for a week or two. Later into the season some non-native plants such as mustard or thistle tend to obscure native blooms. Generally, the number of wildflowers popping up each season depends on the amount of precipitation during winter. In exceptionally wet years, you can behold unusually lush flower fields. Then you can capture a rare super bloom phenomenon in Anza-Borrego Desert. Another place to witness a super bloom is Death Valley.
Where to see wildflowers in Chino Hills State Park?
The park has a network of wildflower trails, mostly moderate, but also several hard ones. In addition to Aliso Canyon mentioned above, other popular trails include Bane Ridge Trail, Bovinian Delight Trail, Telegraph Canyon Trail, Little Canyon Loop, and more. You can check out the best 30 Chino Hills State Park trails here.
Where else to see California poppies?
Walker Canyon poppy fields
If you're a big fan of orange poppies, you may want to check out more locations famous for this fiery wildflower. Walker Canyon located in Lake Elsinore is just a 30-minute drive southeast of Chino Hills State Park. Start your vivid hike at the intersection of Lake St. and Walker Canyon Rd. and enjoy breathtaking canyon landscapes painted with orange.
Antelope Valley poppy fields
If you're craving for the ultimate explosion of the color, your top choice must be Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve—the name speaks for itself. The reserve is situated about 105 mi (170 km) northwest of Chino Hills or 70 mi (110 km) north of Los Angeles, so the road trip will require up to 2 hours to drive one way, but the time is totally worth it.
Tips on viewing wildflowers in California
All of the poppy spots listed above have become quite trendy in the last few years. Thus it's better to plan your trip during a weekday, especially if you're visiting in the peak month of March. Booking a hotel in advance would be quite thoughtful of you too. Have a look at the map below to find the best deals.
What county is Chino Hills?
San Bernardino County
Where is Chino Hills California?
The state park is located in San Bernardino County, nearly 40 miles (65 km) east of Los Angeles.
How far is Chino Hills from LA?
About 40 miles (65 km)