Take a hike along the top of the iconic Malibu cliff and you’ll find bundles of giant coreopsis that turn from dusty green to lively yellow each winter and spring (as of late March, it’s already passed its peak, but there’s still some color to behold). You’ll find a very limited number of parking spots on Cliffside Drive, between Birdview Avenue and Dume Drive, but the flowery bluff also makes a lovely hike from the sandy beach below.
Spring is almost here, which means Southern California wildflowers are about to make their appearance—well, at least usually they do.
Whether you’re looking to go on one of the best hikes in L.A. to catch the colorful blooms or even take a day trip to see the desert flora, there are many options when it comes to trying to see Southern California wildflowers. So during those years when there’s been a bit of winter rain in Los Angeles, take advantage of it and head to one of our favorite spots below.
All that said, don’t expect any superblooms in 2022, or really any blooms of notable size—and those couple of spots that did have some colorful flowers already seem to be past their peak At all of the spots in our list, precipitation has been inches below average, and well off the mark of what’s needed for beautiful blossoms, let alone a superbloom. So don’t expect the widespread poppy-fueled hysteria of 2019 to return to the wider region this year.
We’ve checked in on some of our favorite spots to see SoCal wildflowers and their current bloom status (in short: there’s not much to see, so we’ve mostly included info for what you might see next year). We’ll update each location as soon as there’s some bloom activity (or not).