Saddleback Butte Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lancaster, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Lots of blow sand on the first mile, if you want a good workout this is it. If you are nursing an injury allow plenty of time for breaks.
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
Nice hike. Sandy on the bottom, rocky on the top.
nice hike, first mike is easy and fairly flat then the next half in moderate. The last half mile steep. BEWARE, dogs are not allowed on trail. they are only allowed at the camping site. hade to take my dog back home and try another time
The day use and camping areas are closed due to water issues. Park the car and hop the fence seems to be the best way to hike it right now. The view was nice.
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.
State Park is closing June 30th, 2012.
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.