Come springtime, orange poppies start popping up all over California. It’s pretty common to spot the California poppy growing on medium strips on highways but they also bloom in the wild in parks.If you’re lucky and time your visit right, you can go hiking amongst beautiful orange poppy fields all across the state!
There’s nothing more magical than turning a corner on a trial and BOOM – orange for as far as your eye can see. I’m low-key addicted to hunting down all the best California flower fields and these are all the best spots to view California poppies!
15 Magical California Poppy Fields To Visit This Spring + Best Month To View Them
If you also love hiking and looking at wildflowers, this is your ultimate guide to finding poppies. If you want to see more than 2 fields in one year, I suggest buying the California Golden Poppy State Park Pass which is our annual park pass! You’ll save money in the long run, and support the parks so it’s a win-win.
Flowerfield Etiquette (It’s ILLEGAL To Pick Poppies!)
As a reminder, unless the poppy is growing in your personal backyard it’s illegal to pick a California poppy flower. Not like you should be picking wildflowers from state parks anyway, but don’t plan on taking a bouquet home or picking one for a photo.
Poppies WILL die if you step or sit on them, so be mindful of where you walk and when in doubt, stick to trails and open clearings between flowers. You may remember the drama around the Lake Elsinore super bloom a few years ago during their super bloom — let’s learn from that event and enjoy flower fields in a way that’s safe for nature.
When Are Poppies In Bloom California?
Bloom season is going to vary year by year and also by location. It all depends on the weather, how much rain that region got, etc. Usually, poppies start blooming in March and will last until around May, but it’s also good to check the bloom status of wildflowers before you travel to parks. Most parks will share this update somewhere on their website or Instagram pages!
What To Wear To A Poppy Field
Coming to the flowers for a photoshoot? I suggest wearing a white dress or white trousers so you POP out against the orange flowers and blue sky. Pair with a sunhat and retro sunglasses to complete the look. Don’t forget to wear lots of sunscreen and depending on where you are viewing flower fields, hiking boots and a warm jacket may be needed.
Most California State Parks have poppies blooming in them somewhere – even if it’s just a little patch. So if you live far away from these parks, I encourage you to get out and explore somewhere close by. You may be surprised, mother nature could treat you to some stunning California poppy fields! (If you do discover a field not on this list, drop a comment below so everyone can see it.)
I hope you get out this spring to soak up the sunshine, see some flowers and get a good hike in. California has so many cool spots and flower fields are some of my favorite ways to experience different parts of the state.
Got questions? Drop a comment below or DM me on Instagram @thewhimsysoul and I’ll be happy to help!