You read that correctly. Yes, the poppy fields are still open. Many news outlets including us here at TopNewsGazette, The Washington Post, Fox News had published updates stating that the city had shut down access to view the poppy fields. While that is true, Lake Elsinore only shut down access on Sunday evening for about 12 hours. The fields are now open to the public again.
While the shuttles from the Outlets at Lake Elsinore are no longer running, you can still make your way over to the Walker Canyon trailhead to see the poppies.
Late Sunday evening, the City of Lake Elsinore was forced to shut down access to the trail at Walker Canyon. This is where the majority of the poppy fields are located. However, early Monday, the city released a statement saying that they would be re-opening the trail and are working diligently to be able to figure out a better solution than a complete closure.
The best place to see the poppy fields is Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore. See directions below.
The only issue with heading to Walker Canyon is that it’s the most popular destination for poppy viewing.
As Lake Elsinore residents, we have information on an alternative Walker Canyon ‘secret trail’ that should help you avoid the crowds and traffic and still let you see the beauty that nature has to offer. See our previous post with information on how to get to the secret trail.
For directions on how to get to Walker Canyon, see our previous post with directions to Walker Canyon. These include directions from San Diego County, Los Angeles County and Orange County.
Some important information about Walker Canyon:
If you’re looking to trek out this way to see the poppies, here’s some information you might want to know before heading out.
Dogs are allowed, on-leash. The trail has a significant incline in the first 1/4-1/3 mile but it flattens out after that. Because of that, it is recommended that you wear proper walking/hiking shoes and attire. As of yesterday, the City of Lake Elsinore did have porta potties set up for visitors to use. It’s safe to assume they will still be accessible.
The full trail is roughly 3.5-4 miles out and back with poppies covering the hillsides and lining the trail almost the entire way. However, most of the folks up on Walker Canyon will be taking pictures and turning around after the first 1/4-1/3 of a mile.
It is beautiful up there. Here are some pictures of when we went up: