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A blazing superbloom is drawing crowds just outside San Francisco

The superbloom at Mori Point is just south of the Pacifica Municipal Pier. | Courtesy Derek Sato, @coolsatovids on YouTube

Think you missed all the superblooms this spring? Think again.

Mori Point in Pacifica is attracting hikers from around the Bay Area to see a hillside exploding with golden wildflowers. 

The superbloom at Mori Point is just south of the Pacifica Municipal Pier. | Shelley D. Fargo/The Standard

A gorgeous spot on any day of the year, Mori Point is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and sits just a 15-minute drive south of the Sunset District of San Francisco in Pacifica.

Originally home to the influential Aramai tribelet of the Ramaytush Ohlone, the land was purchased by Italian immigrant Stefano Mori in 1888. He later built an inn on the scenic point, which became a notorious bootlegging site during Prohibition. 

Today trails crisscross its hills and offer 180-degree views of the coast—to Pedro Point in the south and Pacifica Pier, Mount Tam and Point Reyes in the north.

From Mori Point, Pedro Point is visible to the south, top, and Mount Tamalpais can be seen in the distance to the north, bottom. | Maryann Jones Thompson/The Standard

This spring, the Mori Point hillside is covered in a superbloom of wildflowers. Goldfields and tidy tips are everywhere, providing a carpet of sunshine that heads down to the Pacific.

A hillside of wildflowers descends into the Pacific at Mori Point. | Maryann Jones Thompson/The Standard

Dots of checker bloom and blue-eyed grass provide a purple contrast to the golden fields. Crowds are trekking the 20-minute uphill trail to the site—even on weekday mornings—with cameras and binoculars at the ready.

The hillside at Mori Point is covered with a superbloom of golden wildflowers. | ​Shelley D. Fargo/The Standard

With sunny weather on tap for the weekend, consider a day trip to the Peninsula’s own superbloom in Pacifica. Grab a shaking beef bahn mi sandwich at Dinosaurs or a “Godfather” Italian sub at Colombo’s to bring along and enjoy on the point—you’re going to want to hang out a while and soak in the springtime coastal splendor.

Colombo's Delicatessen makes traditional Italian sandwiches in Pacifica. | Maryann Jones Thompson/The Standard

And while you’re in Pacifica, be sure to stop and say “goodbye” to Sea Bowl before it closes its doors after six decades on May 31.

How to Get to the Mori Point Superbloom

The biggest parking lot for Mori Point is on the south side of the reserve at 651 San Marlo Way, Pacifica. The bloom has been attracting huge crowds so please park in designated parking lots and not in neighborhoods. The walk from the south side is longer but a stunning trek along the cliffs. Follow a trail that heads for Mori Point itself.

Please don’t trample, touch or pick the wildflowers. Aside from the fact that it’s actually against the law, it’s best to leave the flowers in the fields to make seeds for next year’s blossoms.

Goldfields and tidy tips are two of the yellow wildflowers at Mori Point. | Maryann Jones Thompson/The Standard