Saddleback Butte, elevation 3,651 feet, is a granite mountaintop that towers some thousand feet above the broad alluvial bottom land of the Antelope Valley about fifteen miles east of Lancaster, on the western edge of the Mojave Desert. The state park surrounding Saddleback Butte was created in 1960 to protect the butte (one of many similar land features in the Antelope Valley) and examples of native Joshua Tree woodlands and other plants and animals that were once common throughout this high desert area. The best time to visit is in the springtime (February through May) when wildflowers are apt to put on a beautiful display of color. Autumn (October and November) is pleasant as well, although temperatures may vary widely and change rather suddenly. Summer temperatures average 95 F and occasionally range as high as 115 F, but evenings are peaceful with warm breezes and clear skies. Average minimum temperature during the winter is 33 F (frost and sub-freezing temperatures are common, with occasional snow). The park is open sunrise to sunset.
It's not terrible. Kind of bland in regards to sight-seeing, but I am from the desert, so the landscape doesn't do it for me. At approximately 1.25 miles, the trail gets pretty sandy, so give yourself some time. It can feel like walking up a treadmill. Also, it has a tendency to get pretty windy sometimes.
Started at the camp site trail I am 60 and in better that average healt. It was 85+ degrees on June 20 when I started wasn't too difficult. trail gets iffy at the top (hard to follow) but several different ways to the top. great 360 degree view of the Antilope valley. Will do it again but maybe next time when it's cooler or much earlier. 6$ to park but you can park right outside the gate and walk in if you wish
This is an awesome hike ! We started @ the picnic area to the small butte , and all the way to the top of the highest peak of the tallest mountain . Amazing views from up there , took some great photos ; and if you really made it there is a plastic bottle that has a small pad in it to write your name and date for all of us that made it ! the flowers were still blooming and the sun at this time of the day and year was not unbearable and towards the afternoon cooled down some . I highly recommend this hike , take plenty of water with you , and snacks with you .
Took this hike in late March, while the desert flowers were still in bloom, a week or two earlier may have been a bit better to witness the desert floor covered with color. The hike itself is a good journey, starting at the day use picnic area and heading towards the "little butte" which is just a small hill and then heading out towards the larger peak. Keep in mind you go through a fee different types of terrain from compact dirt to loose sand to the granite rock. Most of the assent is done on the loose sand adding a bit to the difficulty. Once you reach the top you have just some amazing views in every direction. All in all it made for a really good half day hike.
Great 1/2 day moderate hike up to the 'saddle'. Awesome Joshua Trees..(terrain is similar to J.T. NP). DO NOT go on a high-wind day (typical to the AV). Best time of year would be fall or spring. Winter is too cold & summer is too hot. Great views of the San Gabriels, Edwards AFB, Tehachapi Mtns., & the AV. Camping available. Stop at welcome center on your way in (which is usually not open), hike a few hundred yards out to an awesome vista for good photo op.