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Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
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ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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Walker Canyon is located in a canyon in the Temescal Mountains in Riverside county. The dramatic topography of the canyon creates a vertical display of color as the hills become covered with wildflowers. An exceptionally wet winter can create a "superbloom" when conditions are favorable, when this area erupts into a riot of wildflowers. Super blooms are quite rare and require a perfect combination of rain, sun, and wind, but when the elements align, Walker Canyon is a must-visit destination in 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. Walker Canyon should not be confused with Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve, a 480-acre site near Anza-Borrego State Park similarly renowned for poppy blooms.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Easy access. Easy hikes.

Cons

Crowded. No shades. No water.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

Wildflowers

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Los Angeles Metro Area, California
Los Angeles Metro Area, California
Los Angeles Metro Area, California

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