Mount Diablo Is Still Blooming!

California poppies on Mount Diablo
California poppies on Mount Diablo. Photo by Bria Light

Things are heating up, but Mount Diablo’s spring blooms are far from gone. According to the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, a total of 231 species of wildflowers were observed blooming on the mountain as of the start of June!

purple collinsia

Purple collinsia is growing abundantly at Mount Diablo State Park. Photo by Bria Light

This year, abundant rain and cooler weather have delayed the end of the spring flowers throughout Mount Diablo State Park—which means this will be a great summer to explore its open spaces.

Late spring and summer are a time when a mix of wildflowers including clarkias, mariposa lilies, buckeyes, larkspurs, and California and ground roses can be found on the mountain.

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The Dr. Mary Bowerman Trail near Mount Diablo’s summit is a particularly great place to enjoy flowers during the month of June.

It’s a short, ADA-accessible trail with some of the best and most expansive views in the Bay Area. It usually has a variety of uncommon and vibrant blooms during the month of June thanks to the summit’s cooler weather and unusual ancient geology.

bitterroot on the Mary Bowerman Trail

Bitterroot on the Dr. Mary Bowerman Trail. Photo by Scott Hein

People gathered on a trail

Hikers can enjoy expansive views and spot numerous unusual plants on the Dr. Mary Bowerman Trail. Photo by Scott Hein

Other places on Mount Diablo that still have lots of wildflowers include Eagle Peak, Black Point Peak, and the upper parts of Mitchell Canyon near Deer Flat.

Deer Flat is a great scenic spot on Mount Diablo that still has lots of wildflowers. Photo by Scott Hein

The Black Point Trail is a great place to look for wildflowers. Photo by Scott Hein

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