Word of the super bloom is flooding newscasts in Southern California, leading to overwhelming crowds hoping for the perfect Instagram-worthy photo. Luckily, you don’t need to sit in traffic to enjoy the sight of a tapestry of colors dotting the hillsides. Catalina’s wildlands have sprung into bloom, thanks to the wet winter that the Island has enjoyed. As one of only a few Mediterranean climate regions in the world, the Island is home to rich and abundant plant life, including some rare endemic species.

Hiking on the Garden to Sky loop, you can expect to see lupines, Indian paintbrush, sweetpea, wild cucumber, sticky monkeyflower, shooting stars and California poppies – though keep an eye out to avoid poison oak! The Little Harbor overlook is also bursting with bush sunflower, blue dicks, Mariposa lillies and yarrow. The pollinators are out, so be on the lookout for butterflies! As a Conservancy member, your support helps keep trails accessible so that generations of nature-lovers can explore the wonders of wild Catalina, stopping to smell the flowers for many years to come.