Reading Time: 3 minutes

Stirring up a big buzz for a small town, the cars lined up Lake Street.  From news vans to dog-walkers, people flocked through the grassy paths of Walker Canyon Lake Elsinore, California. Their mission: a snap in happiness-inducing poppy fields.

I’ve been chasing the California Super Bloom myself, and found this to be one of my favorite spots.

In this post:

  • My best photo of the California Super Bloom
  • General Overview of Walker Canyon Lake Elsinore, California — Spring 2017
  • How to get to Walker Canyon Lake Elsinore
  • A comparison between the super bloom flowers in Lake Elsinore and Anza Borrego Springs
  • California Blog Posts you might like

The photos in this post are a collaboration between myself @StephBeTravel and @EmilioMag

How to get to Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore CA

Whether you are coming from San Diego or Los Angeles, take the 15 Freeway and exit Lake Street. Turn away from the city — directing yourself to the obvious trails off the road.

Consider a routed hike up the mountain — thriving with wellness and beauty.
Alternatively, descend off-the-beaten path… beyond the first trail … to a canyon less wandered (pictured).



Photos at Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore


Per usual, sunrise is the best time to shoot, but as the day gets brighter, the sky gets bluer!

 Sporadic purple flowers within the fields.

You’ll notice that Lake Elsinore has yellow, white and purple flowers… in addition to orange poppies. 



Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore Vs. Anza Borrego Springs, California

For those of you who follow my adventures on Instagram and Snapchat, you know that I’ve explored the California super bloom in both Lake Elsinore and Anza Borrego Springs.

The “best” location depends on what you’re looking for.

Walker Canyon Lake Elsinore has more dense, full fields. There are more flowers and more hills to explore. These are a bit random — just off the highway in the middle of no where.

Anza Borrego was great for a a picnic because there were so many empty spots to lay down a throw.

(You don’t want to put a blanket over live flowers… that would destroy the fields!)

Anza Borrego has less flowers, however, it has a folk town nearby and full campgrounds.

A post shared by Eric Stoen (@travelbabbo) on

Anza Borrego also has some great mountains.



Pick fallen flowers, not from stems.

A friendly, public service announcement that it is illegal to pick flowers. Choose from those fallen for your photos. As they say, take only memories, leave only footprints :)



Yosemite National Park
Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Big Bear
Big Sur
Napa Valley
Potato Chip Rock, San Diego
Tahoe / Squaw Valley
Big Pine North Fork, Inyo National Forest
Paso Robles
Mount High