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Best Places to See Wildflowers in Orange County

I love wildflowers more than anything. When there was that big super bloom in Death Valley, I drove the family all they way to Death Valley just to look at wildflowers. Searching for wildflowers is a fun family activity that brings families together in nature. Last week, I had an opportunity to go searching for wildflowers in Limestone Canyon – one of the most beautiful nature hikes in Orange County and got a chance to see some beautiful flowers. Do you want to take your children to see wildflowers? These are some of the best places to go searching for wildflowers in Orange County.

Limestone Canyon
This hiking trail is only open on public access days, and when it is open, it’s a must to see. Not only will you have an opportunity to see wildlife, wildflowers and beautiful trees, but also “the sinks” which is known as the “grand canyon of Orange County.” It is breathtaking.

Blackstar Canyon
It has been on my bucket list to bring the kiddos to Blackstar Canyon – I still don’t know why we haven’t done this hike yet? It is blooming with beautiful wildflowers and is also a place to witness a beautiful waterfall. Your family will get waterfalls and wildflowers while going on this beautiful hike.

Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
Another beautiful hike is in the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. OC Parks has made reports that this is one of the best places to see wildflowers right now. It is also home to the famous red rock canyon that is a must for families to see.

Bommer Canyon
While hiking in Bommer Canyon, you’ll see beautiful rolling hills and wildflowers galore. It is an easy hike for younger children and is not often overcrowded.

Buck Gully Reserve
When looking for a moderate hike where you’ll have coastal breezes – this is the hike for you. Buck Gully Reserve is located in Newport Beach, has a wide variety of wildflowers and some small creeks for children to look at.

Irvine Lake View Hike
For the more experienced hikers, there is the Irvine Lake View Hike. You’ll see some beautiful wildflowers while on this hike, but there are some steep hills along the way.

What are you waiting for? Let’s go outside, explore nature, and find some wildflowers. Know of a great place to see wildflowers that we missed? Share it with other OC Moms in the comments below. Happy Hiking!!

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  1. Thanks. I don’t have kids, but I love to walk.

  2. Thank you for this blog posting it is great, I often enjoy your blog. I am hoping you could help me and let me know if it is possible to bring young children to Limestone? Thank you

  3. Yay!!! Saved us from driving out to Anza-Borrego! 🙂

  4. I heard from my Pilates coach that Casper Wilderness has AMAZING blooms all over ??.

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