The wait is over, the Wildflower Trail at Diamond Valley Lake is finally open to the public once again!
Located in the Santa Margarita Watershed, the land around the lake is home to acres of stunning seasonal wildflowers. Every spring a sea of colors bloom, including Native California poppies, baby blue eyes, canterbury bells, and owl’s clovers, just to name a few. This lake also connects to the Southwestern Riverside County Multi-Species Reserve, which is home to 31 endangered or threatened plant, bird and animal species, such as the Bell’s sage sparrow and the San Diego horned lizard.
While visiting the lake, it is important that you are mindful of your surroundings. Any waste left behind can find its way into the water supply and potentially harm not only local fauna, but also contaminate the water supply. Pick up any plastic you see on the trails and properly dispose of any litter so that endangered wildlife habitat is not impacted.
The Flower Trail, which is 3 miles long, provides the best opportunities to experience the natural beauty of the wildflowers. Pedestrians and horseback riders alike are welcome. Parking is $11 and is open to visitors Wednesday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
*Social distancing guidelines are in order to comply with COVID guidelines.