I consider myself so fortunate to live in the beautiful East Bay! I enjoy stunning landscapes and outdoor recreation opportunities year-round, especially with my grandkids.
Right now, we are enjoying the incredible wildflower blooms of this year’s “Superbloom.” If you're looking to experience these breathtaking displays of nature before the summer heat turns our hills golden, here are some of the best places to find wildflower blooms in the area. Tell them Monica sent you!
Wildflower Bloom Locations
1. Mount Diablo State Park: Located in Clayton, Mount Diablo State Park is a popular destination for hiking and sightseeing. In the spring, the park's hillsides are covered in colorful wildflowers, including California poppies, lupines, and goldenrods. Take the Summit Road or the Back Creek Trail to explore the park's wildflower displays.
2. Briones Regional Park: Just outside of Martinez, Briones Regional Park is a vast open space with rolling hills and scenic vistas. The park is home to a variety of wildflowers, including blue-eyed grass, Indian paintbrush, and California buttercups. Take the Lafayette Ridge Trail or the Table Top Trail for the best wildflower viewing opportunities.
3. Round Valley Regional Preserve: Located in Brentwood, Round Valley Regional Preserve is a hidden gem that offers stunning views of Mount Diablo and abundant wildflower displays in the spring. Look for lupines, California poppies, and fiddlenecks along the Miwok Trail and the Manzanita Trail.
4. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve: This park in Antioch boasts over 6,000 acres of rolling hills, oak forests, and grasslands. In the spring, the park's grasslands are covered in a rainbow of wildflowers, including California poppies, goldfields, and tidy tips. Take the Stewartville Trail or the Ridge Trail for the best wildflower display.
5. Delta de Anza Regional Trail: This 15-mile trail stretches from Martinez to Pittsburg and is a popular spot for cycling, walking, and wildlife viewing. In the spring, the trail is lined with wildflowers, including lupines, California poppies, and wild mustard. Stop at the John Muir Interpretive Center in Martinez for information on the best wildflower viewing spots along the trail.
A Final Thought:
Remember to stay on designated trails and don’t pick the wildflowers. It can get warm quickly on the trail, so bring plenty of water—and may I suggest a picnic? Ah, spring!