The hills are alive with the vivid yellow color of wildflowers.
Southern California is a floral paradise during springtime. Whether it’s the bright orange poppies at Antelope Valley, the technicolor ranunculus flowers in Carlsbad or the rugged coastlines speckled with bright pinks and purples, there’s a plethora of wild varieties to admire.
So if you’re a bloom-seeker looking for the next pop of color to feast your eyes on, let us direct you to the luminous yellow display of Black Mustard flowers currently covering around 60% of Chino Hills State Park’s 14,000 acres. The undulating landscape with perfect blue skies is an utterly surreal sight.
These non-native plants can grow up to six feet tall, so at some points of your journey, you’ll be wandering through a winding maze of the vivid beauties. You may want to keep an eye on your pets and stick to the paths though (especially as it makes it easier to watch out for rattlesnakes).
Walk-ins are completely free but cars will need to pay $5. You also have the option of parking and walking up, which you’ll want to do if you plan to take the smaller, unpaved trails.
All this natural splendor is less than an hour away from the smoggy veil of the city. So, of course, weekends can get really busy during this period but if you go when the park opens from around 8 a.m. you’ll have fewer selfie-sticks to compete with.
There are a number of Wildflower Park Rules to follow and it goes without saying that the flowers may not be picked or trampled on. It’s a 2-mile loop, so make sure you bring water and sunscreen with you.
Location: 4721 Sapphire Rd, Chino Hills, CA 91709
Featured Image: Chino Hills State Park