5 Best Places To See Superbloom Around Bay Area
If you’ve seen all the beautiful pictures of poppies and the superbloom of SoCal and you live in Northern California wondering where to see superbloom, then this post is for you. Even though the super bloom in NorCal may not be as prolific as SoCal, there are some places that are sure to satisfy your superbloom itch!
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Please be mindful of nature and stay on trails. Some of these photos may look like I was not on trail, but I stayed on trail all the time. There has been a lot of attention with people destroying natural environment for photos and I read that social trails destroy the flowers/plants and they never grow back in that area. To preserve the beauty around us for future visits, stay on trail and leave no trace.
This list goes in the order of closest to farthest places to visit from Bay Area. Some of these I had not been to but wish I had. There is always next year!
1. Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay is a beautiful beach town along Hwy 1 and during spring, you will see plenty of yellow wild flowers. Drive along Hwy 1 for fields full of flowers. Be mindful and and if the field is a private property, do not trespass.
2. Parks and Hiking
I have not done a lot of hiking during the season but parks and hiking trails are filled with wild flowers this time of the year. Some spots are Russian River hike, Edgewood County Park and Henry Coe Park. This photo was taken just off of 280 in Woodside.
3. Almond and peach groves around Sacramento and Gilroy
We drove around Gilroy during the tail end of the season but I wish I had known about these earlier! Rows of almond trees covered with pink blossoms have the look and feel of cherry blossoms. Unfortunately, I do not have any photos as I missed them!
4. Paso Robles/Napa wine country
Mustards are a natural biofumigant and vineyards are lined with them. When you visit wine country, be sure to stop by the vineyards and fields for some gorgeous photos.
5. Carrizo Plain National Monument
This monument is in Central California and is about 4 hrs drive from the Bay Area. If you want to see the real superbloom with rolling hills glowing gold and purple and pink, you must visit this place. The area is 50miles long so plan your time and enjoy all the beauty. The peak season is mid-April. Go early to spend the day and be prepared as there are no gas stations or restaurants anywhere in the vicinity. There are lots of hiking trails to get lost in the wild beauty.
Bonus (Field of Flowers Near Templeton)
We stumbled upon this location on our way back from Carrizo Plain. I don’t know the exact location but it is in the Paso Robles/Santa Margerita wine country. Follow Creston Road between CA58 and Cripple Creek Road for beautiful fields filled with yellow, orange and purple flowers on either side of the road.
I wrote this because I could not find a lot of articles covering this topic on the interweb for us Bay Area residents. With this post, I hope you will enjoy the blooming spring and remember to be mindful of your surroundings and leave no trace!!
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I am Aswani Kurra. I am an engineer, dreamer and part-time wanderlust, writer and wine lover. I always had an urge to write, create and travel. So I created this space to satisfy my creative itch and combine all my skills to help you plan your Charming Escape.