Lake Elsinore Super Bloom Only Accessible By Shuttle

The city takes action after huge crowds crashed the bloom last weekend.

March 21, 2019
LAKE ELSINORE, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 12: People visit a ‘super bloom’ of wild poppies blanketing the hills of Walker Canyon on March 12, 2019 near Lake Elsinore, California. Heavier than normal winter rains in California have caused a ‘super bloom’ of wildfl

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Want to see the Super Bloom in Lake Elsinore this weekend? It will only be accessible by bus.

The shuttle will cost $10 to board. Children 10 and under can ride free. Some streets will only be open to residents. Parking on Walker Canyon will not be permitted, neither will drones.

The action is taken after a swarm of super bloom tourists descended on the area last weekend, parking illegally along the 15 freeway and service roads, trampling delicate buds, and damaging trails.

In a recent press conference, Lake Elsinore Mayor Steve Manos called it a “natural phenomenon, unlike anything any of us has seen before.”

#PoppyShutdown: The situation has escalated beyond our available resources. No additional shuttles or visitors will be allowed into Walker Canyon. This weekend has been unbearable Lake Elsinore. Lake Street and Nichols ramps completely closed. We have to get traffic moving. We will evaluate all options next week including ways to shut this down. Thank you for your understanding. We know it has been miserable and has caused unnecessary hardships for our entire community. #SuperBloom #PoppyNightmare #IsItOver #HanginthereLE

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During the super bloom of 2017, Lake Elsinore’s hills were thick with blooms, but the crowds were nothing like the past few weekends. Viral posts of the area on social media may have fueled the response to the super bloom this year, some speculate.

Riverside County sheriff deputies will be out in force to ensure order and compliance with the new rules.