It would suck to have let this spring season pass without seeing the gorgeous wildflower super bloom here in California, so we made sure we got to see it in Carrizo Plain National Monument.
The Perfect Day Trip
Living in Los Angeles, the drive to Carrizo Plain is only about 3 hours. You can check out my The Outbound adventure for directions to this place.
My girlfriends and I wanted to catch the sunrise there so we all decided to leave at 3:00am, and we got there right on time. We hung out at the back of our pick up truck, had breakfast, and waited for the sun to rise. It was such a beautiful moment – how peaceful the place was with all the nice views..we were all so glad that we had the place all to ourselves.
It was also such a great place to just drive around and stop at certain location where the wildflowers were abundant. We stopped several times to take photos and admire the different kinds of flowers in the area.
Things To See
WildFlower Super Bloom In Overlook Hill
Our first stop in this road trip was the Overlook Hill, which offered panoramic views of the whole area. It was very hard to find at first, since there were no signs, but this map made it easy for us to spot it:
Simply drive up the road until it leads you up the hill. Park your car, and take in the wonderful views of Soda Lake and the whole of Carrizo Plain!
Dry Lake And A Sea Of Flowers
From the Overlook Hill, we made our way south of Soda Lake Road and turned left on Simmler Road. This took us right next to the Soda Lake, which is a dry alkaline lake. This place reminded me so much of chocolate crinkles, because it was pretty much all mud, but covered in salt! The views here were breathtaking, and it really made the yellow wildflowers stand out in photos.
There were a few hiking trails in the area which will take you through flower beds, and our last agenda for that day was to follow this trail which led up some hills. We made our way to the top, and was rewarded with such magnificent views.
I have never seen so much wildflowers in my life! This definitely beats the wildflower super bloom I saw in Death Valley last year. The wildflowers here at Carrizo Plains National Monument were all so vibrant, and they covered the whole place yellow. I was kinda bummed that we didn’t get to see the orange and purple flowers anymore, which were all still as vibrant about a week ago. But I certainly am glad we made this day trip happen, before the bloom completely went away.
NEED TO KNOW
There are lots of unpaved road in Carrizo Plain National Monument. If you are headed for this place, be sure to have a 4WD vehicle. Pay attention to signs which tell you not to pass when the ground is wet, or it has rained, because you will get stuck in mud.
Respect the place, especially the flowers. Always stay on trail, and do not trample on these beauties.
Catch the super bloom soon in California before it ends! For more information about this place, do check out my adventure post on The Outbound.