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Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve

Lake Elsinore

Los Angeles Metro Area, California

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  • Yellow monolopia during a super bloom in Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Yellow monolopia during a super bloom Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • The diversity of species at the Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve is amazing.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Wishbone bush during a super bloom in the Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve during a super bloom.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Wishbone bush and an unidentified species during a super bloom in Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • California poppies and an unidentified species during a super bloom in Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Bluedick during a super bloom in Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Wishbone bush during a super bloom in Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Plenty of visitors enjoy the super bloom in Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve during a super bloom.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Bluedick in Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • California poppies during a super bloom in Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Yellow monolopia during a super bloom in Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Plenty of visitors enjoying the super bloom in Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • A super bloom in Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • California poppies during a super bloom in Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • A super bloom at Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Plenty of visitors enjoying the super bloom in Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • California poppies during a super bloom in Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • A super bloom in Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
  • Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve is dog friendly.- Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access. Easy hikes.
Cons: 
Crowded. No shades. No water.
Region:
Los Angeles Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
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Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve is located in a canyon in Temescal Mountain in Riverside county. Encompassing 490 acres, the reserve is usually dominated by chaparral, and it is a great area for short hikes and wildlife watching. After an exceptionally wet winter creates conditions that favor a super bloom, however, this area erupts into a riot of wildflowers. The dramatic topography of the canyon creates a vertical display of color as the hills become covered with wildflowers. Super blooms are quite rare and require a perfect combination of rain, sun, and wind...but when the elements align, Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve is a must-visit destination in Southern California.

Visitors will find a tremendous diversity of flowers during a bloom: Yellow monolopia, California poppy, bluedick, and wishbone bush, Coulter's matilija poppy, and San Bernardino spineflower are only a few. While Walker Canyon is often compared to Anza-Borrego State Park when it comes to spectacular super bloom displays, wildflower fans will find unique species in each location that will justify a visit to both locations. The poppies, for instance, are particularly stunning in Walker Canyon and completely absent from Anza-Borrego.

Hikes are moderate in this area, and you are free to roam in the canyons. Note that all of the routes are exposed to the sun, so be sure to bring plenty of water and sun protection with you.

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