Lake Elsinore: Walker Canyon Reopened for the 2019 Super Bloom Viewing

Parking is Limited & Visitors Asked to Keep the Area Clean and Beautiful

The Walker Canyon poppy fields reopened in Lake Elsinore Monday after closing Sunday after an estimated 100,000 people flocked to the wildflower viewing area. On Saturday the crowd numbered over 50,000, and approximately 20,000 visited each day of the previous weekend. The 2019 Super Bloom is a natural phenomenon unlike anything the City has ever experienced.

The recommended viewing area is Walker Canyon Trail located off of Lake Street on Interstate 15 (I-15). Parking is available along Walker Canyon Road. For safety and compliance, a Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station Community Services Officer (CSO) will be on site Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to assist with traffic. Parking will be available seven (7) days per week. All available parking is parallel parking only.

Here are some tips for making your visit to wildflower locations pleasurable while respecting the spaces for others to enjoy after you:

*Stay on established trails and do not trample vegetation.

*Each open-space area is unique. Remain on trails, park legally in lots and on roadsides when safe.

*Many of these areas are protected for rare, threatened, and endangered plants and animals. Irresponsible access to these areas is not only perilous to the protected species, in many cases it is illegal and could result in citations or fines.

*Picking flowers is prohibited. Taking pictures from a safe distance, including selfies, is legal.

*Use provided trash cans or receptacles when available. If none are provided, take your trash with you when you leave to help keep the area safe and enjoyable for others.

*Research where dogs are permitted and be sure to keep your dog on a leash and in your control at all times. Do not leave dogs unattended, including in your vehicles as temperatures can become dangerous.

*Beware of rattlesnakes. The warming spring weather that brings forth wildflowers, also spurs activity in reptiles. Rattlesnakes (Riverside County’s only potentially dangerous snake) are only aggressive when threatened. Be vigilant. If one is spotted, give it a wide birth. Rattlesnakes are an important member of the natural ecosystem and are protected from harm on County owned lands.

*Drones are prohibited except by special permit. Off-highway recreation vehicles (OHV) are prohibited.

*Remember to check weather conditions and plan for your visit accordingly, packing plenty of water and sunscreen.

Areas that are highly impacted by visitors are subject to closure based upon site conditions. Please check the RivCoParks website for information prior to your visit.

Press Release Provided By the City of Lake Elsinore

Photos by Scott Padgett