Best Bay Area wildflower trails without the crowds

Where to find California poppies, paintbrush, and more colorful flowers in the GGNRA while doing your part to preserve the blooms

California poppies seen in the Golden Gate national parks.

You know the feeling: You pull up to your favorite park site, and the parking lot is jammed. In the spring, popular wildflower spots like Mori Point can get crushed, and the wildflowers and ecosystem suffer. 

Make sure you preserve the bloom in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area! To be a better wildflower fan, start with our article "Tips for Viewing Wildflowers." Check out some of our top picks for trails that have wildflowers without the crowds below. Other park sites have hidden pockets of wildflowers: You'll snap some colorful photos at Black Point Historic Gardens, Alcatraz Island (yes, Alcatraz has wildflowers!), and Presidio Tunnel Tops.  

Here are our experts' top picks for secret wildflower spots. Visit these spots, and your Instagram feed will still be nice and colorful, but you'll feel better about preserving the wildflowers for generations to come! 


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