6 Tips to See the Super Bloom at Walker Canyon

Southern California is experiencing a super bloom of flowers thanks to an unusually wet winter. So to witness this in-person, we decided to take a hike at Walker Canyon (just outside of Lake Elsinore off of the 15 freeway at the Lake Street exit) to see the wildflowers! I'm sharing a few of my favorite photos from our visit as well as a few tips for bringing your little ones along.

A few practical tips for visiting Walker Canyon with your little ones:

1. Before hitting the road, pack a light bag of essentials for the hike. Things to consider bringing along are a camera, water, sun screen, snacks, a change of clothes for the kids, a diaper and wipes. The trail is really dusty, so bring comfortable shoes for the hike and you might want to bring another pair of nicer shoes if you plan on taking full body portraits.

 My sweet hubby carrying our bag of essentials

My sweet hubby carrying our bag of essentials

 Dusty trails and steep hills ahead! Don't forget your walking shoes!

Dusty trails and steep hills ahead! Don't forget your walking shoes!

2. There aren't any restrooms near the canyon so stop at the exit before or after the Lake St. exit for those last minute potty breaks.

3. Parking near the canyon can be limited. Don't be surprised if you end up parking near the on and off ramps of the freeway.

4. Be sure to hand the camera over so that you get to be in the frame too.

 I'm definitely more comfortable behind the camera but I'm so glad to have a photo of myself together with the kids

I'm definitely more comfortable behind the camera but I'm so glad to have a photo of myself together with the kids

5. Be prepared for your little one to ask for a treat. There might be vendors at the bottom of the canyon offering water and popsicles.

 He had strawberry and she had an orange with cranberry popsicle which hit the spot

He had strawberry and she had an orange with cranberry popsicle which hit the spot

6. Pick a spot and enjoy the view

 It can be crowded but there are pockets of places to sit and enjoy the beautiful view 

It can be crowded but there are pockets of places to sit and enjoy the beautiful view 

Planning on seeing some wildflowers in the next few weeks? Here's a resource of other great hikes in the area:

https://modernhiker.com/best-wildflower-info-for-california-hiking

Happy hiking!