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Get your hiking boots ready!Bay Area Wildflowers - POST

It’s time to get out on the trails and experience one of the best parts of spring in the Bay Area—wildflowers! And, with rain in the forecast again, it looks like this will be another great year for our wildflower displays.

To make it as easy for you to find them, we put together this field guide: Wildflowers of the Bay Area. It will help you easily locate, identify and learn more about 30 of our favorite wildflowers.

For me, learning about a new wildflowers is like making a new friend. Something about knowing a plant’s name and story changes your experience with it and heightens your appreciation.

Like, for example, did you know that sticky monkey flowers actually stick to clothing? Or that Indian paintbrush are parasitic plants that feed on the roots of other plants? Wild, eh? I recently learned these factoids and it’s really changed my perspective.

But let’s get real. Probably the best part about the spring wildflower blooms are those big, showy blankets of flowers where the ground is exploding with color.

Where to find the best wildflower blooms

Our wildflower guide has more information about the timing of the blooms for individual flowers. But here are a few suggestions of where and when to see the best displays of color:

Edgewood Wildflowers - POST

Edgewood County Park

Redwood City

When to visit: 
Late March to mid-April

Where to park: Click here

Where to go: Follow the Clarkia Trail to the Sunset Trail, turn left followed by a quick right on the Serpentine Trail. The serpentine soil in this portion of the preserve boasts some of its best displays of spring flowers.

Preserve information: Click here

Calero County Park Wildflowers - POST

Calero County Park

San Jose

When to visit:
 Late March to mid-April

Where to park: Click here

Where to go: Follow the Los Cerritos Trail, turn left on the Peña Trail to the junction with the Serpentine Loop Trail. Follow this loop trail around a large outcropping of serpentine soil before retracing your steps to the parking area.

Preserve information: Click here

Pulgas Ridge - POST

Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve

Redwood City

When to visit: 
Late March to mid-April

Where to park: Click here

Where to go: Follow the Blue Oaks Trail to the Hassler Loop Trail where there is large off-leash dog area.  Wildflowers abound throughout this preserve and this loop trail take you right through the center of it all. This preserve also has an easy access trail suitable for wheelchairs (see the trail map for more information).

Preserve information: Click here

Coyote Valley OSP

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Morgan Hill

When to visit: 
Late March to mid-April

Where to park: Click here

Where to go: Follow the Arrowhead Loop Trail around around the perimeter of the preserve. If a shorter hike is desired, walking out and and back to the southern vista area will also take you through wildflower territory.

Preserve information: Click here


Download our Wildflower Guide:

30 Bay Area Wildflowers and Where to Find Them

Bay Area Wildflowers - POST

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Photo credits:  Edgewood bloom, Tom Hilton, 2016 (CC); Calero bloom, Philip Bouchard, 2012 (CC)

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