Southern California is very beautiful during the spring. One of the biggest attractions during the spring time are poppy fields. Luckily, if you live in Southern Cali there are many fields to visit. One of the most popular ones is Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore.
If you are a photographer, Hiker or just an Instagram enthusiast like me then this place is just the perfect little road trip for you. Now, Walker canyon is extremely beautiful. It is such an Instagram worthy place. In Fact, My husband and I discovered it not so long ago while scrolling down our feed. Since it wasn’t too far from where we live we decided to give it a go. We had a wonderful little road trip. However, there are some things we wouldn’t have been able to survive without.
So I decided to jot down and share with you all 5 things that you need to know before you visit this beautiful field of California poppies.
1 . Dress cute but comfortably.
Poppy Fields are social media worthy. When we were exploring we realized that A LOT of photographers have photo sessions there. Of course, why wouldn’t they?! It’s such a gorgeous place. However, it could get very uncomfortable if you’re not wearing something appropriate. When we got there I realized that this poppy field was not on flat surface. Basically, it’s canyon which means that you have to hike up and down the canyon to explore. Luckily, I wore booties that had a thick wedge. It really helped me go up and down the canyon. However, next time I would definitely take sneakers in my backpack just in case. Also, Since it is very much picture worthy make sure you where something cute, after all it’s a MUST to take a cute selfie here.
2. Be ready to take a hike.
Since this particular poppy field is located on a canyon you must be aware that it will be a hike. When we got there we discovered that it is not a flat surfaced poppy field. At least the distance we hiked was not flat. We are not so sure if you keep going up the canyon if there will be a flatter surface. However, we stayed as close to the dirt trail as we could.
3. Stay hydrated.
We all know that the weather in California during the spring can sometimes be a little too extreme. It can get very HOT during the spring. This is exactly what we experienced the day of our visit. When we first arrived the weather was around 75° and once we hiked up the canyon it reached up almost 80°! Bringing water is obviously common sense when going on an adventure into nature. However, I suggest you take A LOT of water. Make sure you take triple of what you usually consume. The elevation is higher as you hike up the canyon and you just tend to dehydrate faster.
4. Bring the essentials.
Don’t forget to take the essentials you would take for a hike. Some of the things we took on our trip were:
- Insect Repellent
- Sunscreen lotion
- pair of sunglasses
- water (plenty of it!)
- granola bars
5. Parking can be complicated.
The awesome thing about this field of poppies is that it is right off the freeway. You can literally see it on the freeway so it is very easy to find. However, parking can be a little tricky. There’s a lot of street parking so you can park right along the canyon. During the weekend it seems to get very packed, so be prepared to spend a good amount of time looking for parking. We also noticed that people were parking on the side of the ramp when you exit the freeway! To be honest, we are not so sure if it is legal to park there but a lot of people were. So just remember to park at your own risk.
After all, our little trip was a very successful one! As you can tell we had a little photo shoot and I’m very happy with how the pictures turned out! I’m so thrilled that we had the chance to take a drive to see what the buzz was all about. The buzz about this place was definitely worth it. I cant wait to take another road trip to this beautiful Californian field of poppies!