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Santa Clara County, get ready for an explosion of wildflowers

The impacts of this past winter’s extended rainfall are far from over. But the good news is, what’s coming next promises to be extraordinarily positive…

According to Santa Clara County Parks officials, this spring will see an unprecedented display of wildflowers, among them the California poppy, lupine, and buttercups. Colloquially, this is referred to by some as a “super bloom.”

For the bloom to explode, an extended period of sun and warmth is needed. Such conditions will be present throughout May.

In a statement, Santa Clara County Parks Director Don Rocha said, “It’s been a cold and rainy winter for many in the Bay Area, but our reward will be an awesome array of wildflowers for everyone to enjoy. Our accessible trail system will provide outstanding opportunities for all to view, no matter their skill level. Once the bloom begins, Parks staff will continue to monitor the trails to keep visitors up to date for the best places to view the wildflowers.”

He was referring to the ArcGIS system, which allows trail users to find wildflower hotspots and view trails county-wide, along with relevant statistics. The top county parks for wildflower-viewing are Stiles Ranch Trail at Santa Teresa, Calero, Coyote Lake Harvey Bear, Almaden Quicksilver, and Joseph D. Grant.

Said the County’s statement: “Visitors are asked to stay on established trails and avoid walking, laying, or standing on the flowers. Parks staff also asks that people practice ‘pack in, pack out’ and to throw trash away properly into the designated receptacles.”

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.


  1. Can’t wait! Does this mean we will see them this current summer 2023 or the coming 2024 spring? Also what months? ♥️

  2. Dont know when but I went to Joseph D. grant on Hotel trail but there were bearly any wild flowers. Just in patchs. Certainly light years away from calling it a super bloom.


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