TCalifornia poppy meadows are very diverse. While the majestic Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve or Carrizo Plain offer desolate, treeless landscape, hillsides of the Figueroa Mountain represent a beautiful, refreshing sight – lush meadows full with flowers. Add a stately backdrop of forested mountains and Figueroa Mountain poppy and lupine fields make a perfect landscape.

Nearly every year in late February – April the beautiful landscape is supplemented by millions of Californian flowers. Hillsides are covered with a mix of blue and bright orange colors – blue are sky lupines and orange – the magnificent California poppies. For diversity in many locations one can see patches of magenta padre’s shooting stars (Dodecatheon clevelandii Greene), chocolate lilies (Fritillaria biflora Lindl.). In more open areas there are rich displays of goldfields (Lasthenia ssp.) and numerous other flowers.

Poppy field near Figureoa Mountain, California
Poppy field near Figureoa Mountain / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Surroundings of Figueroa Mountain serve as a beautiful retreat for people from nearby cities. National Forest Scenic Byway (Highway 33) is winding through the Los Padres National Forest, offering an unforgettable experience for those who do not have such luxury as extra time to afford lengthy trips in the depths of the wilderness. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails though offer endless possibilities to those who can afford hefty walks or mountain biking.

In fact visit in spring is more advisable – later in summer there is a high risk of forest fires and visitors have more restrictions.

Figueroa Mountain poppy and lupine fields are included in the following list:

Top 10 locations of California poppy meadows and fields
Top 10 locations of California poppy meadows and fields


  1. Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area, Celebrating Wildflowers, US Forest Service.

Figueroa Mountain poppy and lupine fields on the map

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Location, GPS coordinates:34.73683 N 119.99483 W
Rating:1 out of 5 stars (1 / 5)
Where is located?North America, United States, California, Santa Barbara County, 45 km north-west from Santa Barbara, Los Padres National Forest, hillsides of Figureoa Mountain, especially the eastern hillside
Dominating species:California poppy (Eschscholzia californica Cham.), sky lupine (Lupinus nanus Douglas ex. Benth.) and others

Video of Figueroa Mountain poppy and lupine fields

Kyle Lemon, March 2016

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