Spring is a wonderful time to visit Point Reyes National Seashore and view a sea of wildflowers. Wildflower blooms typically peak February – June, but can last as long as August. The amount of wildflowers is dependent on a number of factors including the amount and frequency of rains, available soil nutrients, exposure to the sun and plant genetics. Wildflowers can be viewed in nearly every plant community found within the park, but are best seen at Abbotts Lagoon, Chimney Rock and Tomales Point.
Common flowers seen: California poppy, paintbrush, lupines, gold fields, iris, monkey flower and more.
Download a list of Wildflowers of Point Reyes or check out CalFlora to locate detailed information on common or scientific names of plants found in Point Reyes or other areas of California. The site includes detailed information on native, non-native, and invasive plants, including pitures and apps for downloading. The Marin Chapter of California Native Plants Society has excellent plant checklists you can download by location or trail, which can help you narrow down your search if you plan to visit one or more sites.
Please remember that picking flowers in national parks is not permitted. Taking photos is a great way to collect memories or provides a great way for further investigation when you get home.
Want to learn more? Just visit one of Point Reyes National Seashore Association’s bookstores located in park visitor centers to pick up a wildflower guide, or join us for one of our Field Institute classes exploring the natural world.