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.