The most abundant winter rains to hit California in over a decade has a produced a plethora of spring wildflowers across the state. From Redding all the way to San Diego, flower seeds are germinating and roots are spreading.
In just a few short days, the California’s deserts and inland valleys will explode into a rainbow of colors producing red, pink, yellow, purple, blue and white bi-colors. So, here’s a list of the best places to see wildflowers in the Inland Empire, including Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
Grab a pair of binoculars and have fun exploring the wildflowers!
Where To See Wildflowers in San Bernardino County
Alpine Pedal Path @ San Bernardino National Forest
The paved Alpine Pedal Path has three main access points including Juniper Point, Stanfield Cutoff, the Discovery Center and Serrano Campground. The best wildflower viewing occurs during the months of May through July however, there are a variety of shrubs and perennial herbs that continuously bloom along the trail year-round.
Plant species vary across a rainfall gradient that extends from the east end of the Pedal Path to the west end. A beautiful montane meadow is located near the Juniper Point entrance where tall Juniperus occidentalis (western juniper) trees can be observed just to the west. The east end consists of drier plant communities dominated by Artemisia tridentata (big sagebrush) and Ericameria nauseosa (rabbitbrush) while the west end towards the Solar Observatory consists of plant communities that require more moisture including Salix lasiolepis Shrubland Alliance. Some showy annual herbs include Abronia nana ssp. covillei (desert sand verbena) Sisyrinchium idahoense (blue-eyed grass), Penstemon labrosus (San Gabriel beard tongue), and Lupinus excubitus (grape soda lupine).