Spring has sprung and with it comes the arrival of wildflower season. Heavy blankets of colorful and rare blooms are beginning to appear across OC Parks’ regional, wilderness and historical park sites.
The brilliance of each annual wildflower season depends on the intensity of winter rainfall and the natural aftermath of fire recovery. This spring marks a vibrant and early start to wildflower season that is anticipated to bud and bloom dramatically across several Orange County parks including Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Caspers Wilderness Park, and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park is anticipated to bloom with intense wildflower coverage stemming from the June, 2016 fire that burned more than 50 acres of park land.
The public is encouraged to get out onto the land and experience the beautiful season. Expect to see hillsides covered orange with California Poppies and sightings of School Bells, Arroyo Lupine, Fiddleneck, California Bush Sunflower, Lemonade Berries, Flowering Gooseberries and more colorful blooms.
Every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. Caspers Wilderness Park offers a ranger-led hike that will seek out wildflower blooms. On Monday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park will present the First Day of Spring Wildflower Hunt with a moderate 2-mile hike through wildflowers, enjoyable for ages 16 and over.
Whether you join a guided hike or explore the land on your own, OC parks invites you to experience the wildflowers as they bloom in abundance.
OC Parks manages nearly 60,000 acres of parks, historical and coastal facilities and open space for the County of Orange as part of OC Community Resources. http://www.ocparks.com