Pinnacles National Park
Hike through a riot of wildflowers at Pinnacles National Park during peak blooming season – March through May. Check out High Peaks Loop and Bear Gulch Canyon.
For ocean vistas and coastal wildflowers, head just south of San Francisco. Park at Mori Point Rd. then cut towards the ocean on the Old Mori or Upper Mori Trails. From there, wind southward on the Coastal Trail. Close by, check out Milagra Ridge.
Fort Ord National Monument
Sky lupine, California poppies and wild daffodils particularly thrive within the 14,000 acre park.
Trails along Mitchell Canyon, Castle Rock, and the back canyon are prime spots for blossoms, especially Poppies. Take Ygnacio Valley Rd. to Clayton Valley Rd. for easy access to trails.
Walnut Creek, CA
Easy 1.75-mi. cliffside trail with wildflowers everywhere. For wildlife, park at the edge of Chimney Rock Rd. and bear left for the trailhead for Elephant Seal Overlook Trail, where the marine mammals are visible year-round (esp. December-March).
Point Reyes National Seashore
Quail Hollow Ranch
Explore Santa Cruz Sandhills, a dwarf redwood forest, and a sunny meadow lush with lupine, Scarlet Pimpernel, and eye-catching fuschia splashes of Tiny Red Maids.
Santa Cruz, CA
Russian Ridge Trail is a loop trail located near La Honda, California that features beautiful wild flowers.
Santa Cruz, CA
Montara State Beach
On the weekends, this beach can be packed, especially if it’s sunny out! You can walk among theses flowers in August and down the coast on trails, or you can pop down to the beach if you prefer to walk closer to the water.
Half Moon Bay, CA
Garrapata State Park
Spring and early summer months California poppies, wild irises and Indian paintbrush sprinkle the hills and coastline. "Calla Lily Canyon" located just off of HWY 1, coastal trail takes you to a secluded beach and canyon scattered with calla lilies.
Big Sur, CA
Edgewood Park + Natural Preserve
The serpentine grasslands are famous for their magnificent displays of wildflowers each spring. Within easy access to Interstate 280 and Edgewood Road, makes this beautiful display readily accessible to the population centers of the SF Peninsula.
Redwood City, CA
Briones Regional Park
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East Bay, CA
Pacific Grove Coastline
Near Ocean View Boulevard/Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail in Pacific Grove the "Magic Purple Carpet" springs up along the coastline beginning in early April and lasting through late May. The magenta ice plant blankets the rocky coast.
For some diversity with a small redwood grove and an open tall grassy meadow head to Twin Gates on Empire Grade behind campus. (2874–2998 Empire Grade)
Santa Cruz, CA
Anthony Chabot Regional Park
Spring is in full-force at Bort Meadows and Grass Valley along the Skyline Trail in Chabot Regional Park.
Castro Valley, CA