Sunflowers at Mission Trails Regional Park. Photo by Mike Hennessy
Sunflowers at Mission Trails Regional Park. Photo by Mike Hennessy

Thousands of San Diegans have endured traffic jams to see the wildflowers in Borrego Springs, but nearby Mission Trails Regional Park offers similar spring beauty.

Photographer Mike Hennessy shared with Times of San Diego some of the photos he took on Wednesday at the 7,200-acre park, which is the largest city park in California.

Photo by Mike Hennessy

“I thought people might like to be reminded they don’t have to take the long drive out to the desert to see some great blooms,” said Hennessy, an accomplished amateur photographer.

The park’s visitors center located off Mission Gorge Road is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

There are 60 miles of hiking trails, horseback-riding trails, camping areas and the Old Mission Dam, built to store water for the Mission San Diego de Alcala.

And with San Diego getting more rain on Wednesday and next week, the wildflowers are likely to bloom a while longer.

Wildflowers at Mission Trails Regional Park. Photo by Mike Hennessy
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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.