Poppy Stompers

California Golden Poppy

The official state flower of California is the POPPY

Spring usually means it’s warming up, to a great wildflower season in California. Time to get outdoors more! Hike, bike and picnic near the wildflowers and see some poppies.

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California Golden Poppies can be found throughout the state, in small patches near the roadways, rolling hills behind vineyards, in high desert flats (where wind gets whipping) or even out near a ranch, with oak hills and fields of golden orange.

POPPIES can blanket hillsides, resulting in a show stopping event – which can be deadly on freeways? N of L.A. interstate 5 (the Grapevine) TEJON PASS (Lebec, Gorman, Junction 138) >> Please pull to nearest exit and stop the car. (It will be safest and well worth the 10 minute stretch break.)

Golden poppies can be found all over California. Flowers like lupine and owls clover can often be found nearby. Wildflowers may only last a few weeks, so go enjoy them while they last.

Bright yellow, gold, deep orange – or any shade in between!

best places to find poppies

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Table Mountain @ Cherokee Road
North of Oroville, CA

wine country

Wine Country NorCal

Alexander Valley Road

Railroad Tracks @ Santa Rosa, CA
Napa County
Sonoma County

Santa Rosa Tracks

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA

Kern County

Fort Tejon State Historic Park @ I-5
Cerro Noroeste Road & Klipstein Canyon
Carrizo Plain National Monument BLM
Kern River Canyon
S of Walker Basin @ Caliente Bodfish Rd
North of Tehachapi, CA

Santa Lucia Mountains
Rock Front Ranch
Schoolhouse Canyon
Cottonwood
Hwy 166, West of New Cuyama, CA

Figueroa Mountain Road
Los Padres National Forest
East of Santa Ynez, CA

Pine Flat Reservoir
@ Kings River, Sierra National Forest
East of Fresno, CA

East Bay San Francisco
The rural hills out east are the best places to find poppies in the Bay Area.

Mojave Desert Preserve
Providence Mountain SRA
Interstate 40
East of Barstow, CA

Central Coast California

Gold Country Hiking

Gold Country California

Auburn, CA
Central California Reservoirs
Located all around most rivers w/ dams (reservoirs) poppies can easily be found along highways, rural roads and on oak hillsides.

 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Boulder Creek Road (dirt)
Descanso to Julian, CA
San Diego Mountain Foothills

SoCal poppies

Lancaster Poppy: Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

Poppy Hotline (661) 724-1180

Remember, stay on the trail!  Getting a picture of that one really nice poppy will crush all the plants along the way, and compact the ground leaving lifeless bare dirt for the next year or longer.  If someone else has started a trail, do not add to the damage.  Please be a responsible park visitor and leave the park as nice as you found it.

Or you can avoid the crowds & tour buses at the Poppy Park to head off on your own adventure. All along both sides of high desert Hwy 138 you can find fields of California Poppies, from the small town of Neenach, CA east to Hwy 14. Plus the hills of Gorman are usually full of color.

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Gorman CA – Interstate 5 @ jct Hwy 138

California Countryside Hikes

California Wine Country Hikes, Gold Country Hiking, Sierra Foothills, River Trails

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  • American River Trails
  • Bay Area Hikes – San Francisco
  • Chico Hiking Association
  • Coloma Hiking
  • Feather River Hike – Dome Trail
  • Foresthill Trails
  • Gold Country Towns
  • Gold Country Trails Council
  • Gold Country Trail Blog
  • Kaweah Oaks Preserve
  • Lakes & Reservoirs in California
  • Meadow Valley Trails Association – Gold Co Auburn
  • Mt Diablo Hiking Trails
  • Napa Valley Hikes
  • Ramona Trails Association – East San Diego Co
  • Redding Hikes
  • Sacramento Hikes
  • Salinas Hikes
  • Visalia Hikes
  • Wildflower Hikes
  • Yuba City Hikes
  • Yuba River Hikes
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    Hiking Maps California Countryside

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    Pinnacles National Park
    Merced River & Tuolumne River Map
    Cleveland National Forest Map
    El Dorado National Forest Map
    Mendocino National Forest Map
    Modoc National Forest Map
    Orange Country Trail Maps
    Plumas National Forest Map
    Sequoia National Forest Map
    Sierra National Forest Map

    Caliente, CA

    Agua Dulce Country Fair

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    Agua Dulce Country Fair
    Small Town Country Fair near LA

    Located on the back roads of Los Angeles county. North, in the high desert mountain region in between Santa Clarita and Palmdale sits Agua Dulce, a small town back behind Vasquez Rocks Park, off Hwy 14.

    The Agua Dulce Country Fair is a family-friendly community fund raising event that has been going on for over 50 years. Wow, that is a mighty long run. Chili cook-off, cake walk, photo contest, arts and crafts, raffles and a silent auction. Events kick off w/ parade followed by the fair with vendors, food booths, carnival games, beer garden, live bands and dancing until midnight. Local bands, cover bands, indy rock, classic rock, blues, soul, plus country & western. Fiddles and all.

    Annual event; September
    (one day event)

    Santa Clarita, CA
    North Los Angeles

    aguadulce-countryfair.com

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    Silverado Country Fair

    selling succulents, Silverado Country Fair, Orange County, Southern California

    Silverado Canyon Fair

    A good ole country style fair in the heart of SoCal. The 40th+ annual event, music and art festival in Silverado Canyon, Orange County. Explore the wonders of canyon history and culture, music, tasty food, handmade arts and crafts, games and silly contests, all nestled under the oak trees below the infamous Saddleback Mountain. Wild West theme! Folk, Country, Bluegrass, and Classic Rock bands will entertain through 2 days.

    Annual event: October
    714-649-2411
    714-649-2820

    silveradocountryfair.org

    Silverado Country Fair, Silverado Community Center, Santa Ana Mountains, Orange County, Southern California

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    Silverado Country Fair

    Ramona Music Fest

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    Ramona Music Festival

    Backcountry San Diego, California

    Ramona Music Fest always has great music, good food and decent beer, with prizes and auctions from community donors. Kid friendly and hosted at the Ramona Outdoor Community. Cheer on emerging local talent, outstanding performers, and have a great time at this one day event – come hungry and bring the kids.

    Held at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, also called the Rodeo/Fair Grounds. The venue is located at the northeast end of downtown Ramona, accessed via Third Street.

    Annual event: September
    760-788-2889

    Ramona, CA

    ramonamusicfest.org

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