Wild for Wildflowers

March 29th, 2016

April showers bring May flowers… or so they say. We Californian’s though - we are ever rebellious, slightly impatient and blessed with gorgeous weather. So, here we find ourselves with mid-March fields ablaze with a kaleidoscope of vibrant oranges and vivid yellows. Take a drive anywhere that has open space and you are likely to find one of these stunning scenes, but if you want to see the best the Central Coast has to offer these are our top four favorite spots.

  • Estero Bluffs- 0 miles (north end) Cayucos just off Highway 1.

This is one of our favorite hikes in general because of its views of the unspoiled coastline just off Highway 1. Thanks to recent rains, the surrounding grasslands are now dotted with bright golden California poppies. For more information and a guide to this trail see our November blog.

  • Montana De Oro State Park-13.6 miles southwest of Cayucos.

The name literally means Mountain of Gold and within its 8,000 acres. The Park offers a diverse array of terrain and fantastic views of the coast, which include the Morro Bay Estuary. Whether you are just out for a leisurely drive or looking to hike one of the park's many trails, you are sure to find fields filled with a display of orange poppies, yellow mustard and golden Bermuda Buttercups.

  • Shell Creek Road- 50 miles east of Cayucos.

Yes, this one is a bit of a drive, but it is unequivocally one of the best places on the Central Coast for wild flower viewing. Chances are if you’ve seen a picture of wildflowers from the Central Coast, it came from this area. This rural back road will take you through miles of open fields packed with wild flowers of every variety.

  • Fiscalini Ranch- 14.6 miles north of Cayucos, just outside of Cambria.

This 400-acre open space is another spot where you can enjoy open pastures full of wildflowers alongside impressive coastal views. The best way to experience this spot is to walk the two-mile bluff trail. It’s a relatively flat and easily accesible.

This little, rural back road was named number 4 on Buzz Feed’s list of the Most Beautiful Roads in the World in 2014. It’s a short 5 miles and takes you through the picturesque countryside of San Luis Obispo-- sans any flowers it’s arguable well worth the drive.

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