Each spring, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve comes alive with the seasonal surprises of the Mojave Desert Grassland habitat. The duration and intensity of colors and scents vary from year to year. The wildflower season generally lasts from as early as mid-February through late May, with a variety of wildflowers creating a mosaic of color that changes daily. Eight miles of trails through the gentle rolling hills, including a paved section for wheelchair access, make the park a wonderful place to hike and explore any season. Get away from the city and relax in the quietude of the countryside, with only the birds singing and hawks gliding silently overhead. Benches located along the trails make good places to sit quietly and watch for wildlife, such as singing meadow larks, lizards zipping across the trail, gopher snakes and rattlesnakes. If you're lucky, you may spot a coyote or bobcat. Numerous burrows around the trails may house mice, gophers, kangaroo rats, beetles, scorpions, or others. The Antelope Valley is located in the western Mojave Desert at an elevation ranging from 2600--3000 feet, making it a high desert environment. This State Natural Reserve is located on California's most consistent poppy-bearing land. Other wildflowers: owl's clover, lupine, goldfield, cream cups, and coreopsis, to name a few, share the desert grassland to produce a mosaic of color and fragrance each spring. As unpredictable as nature - the intensity and duration of the wildflower bloom varies yearly. California State Parks does not water or use any other means to stimulate the flowers; the land is preserved to only be influenced by the natural forces that had once influenced all of our surroundings. The broad views of this landscape provide eyefuls of brilliant wildflower colors and fragrance. Whether you most enjoy expansive fields or the close-up study of a single flower, this is the place to visit. Open sunrise to sunset.

Easy hike, not too many elevation changes... absolutely gorgeous at the right time of year, especially certain years. Was here in 2017 after a very wet winter following drought - incredible fields of poppies! The area is windy and without shade, and is also home to rattlesnakes, so dress accordingly. During superbloom events the park can fill up and lines to enter can be long, so get there early. And please stay on the trails!

Just dirt and rattlesnakes unless you’re there on the right year in the right time of spring. Then you can see some beautiful poppies if their aren’t too many tourists standing in the way trampling the flowers.

Had to make my way here during the tail end of the superbloom. Unfortunately it was very windy that day so most of the poppies were closed up. I did find a few patches of open poppies along the way but they were few and far in between. Wish I had come mid March to see the fields encompassed in them. Came here around 7am and only one other car was there.

walking
9 months ago

I went a couple of days ago and arrived pretty early when most of the poppies were still closed from the cold night. Walked to the second vista and enjoyed the views and on the walk back the poppies were open and gorgeous. SUPER windy so I would recommend no hat and lots of sunscreen instead. There are a lot of people if you just do the short loop but you can get a little bit less of a crowd if you go to the vista points.

walking
10 months ago

Beautiful views throughout. Flowers are blooming. Birds and snakes are active during the day.

walking
10 months ago

Easy hiking trails on gentle slopes covered in California Poppies and other flowers in early spring. It's very popular and easily accessible from LA; if you don't want to wait in a long line to park your car, be sure to arrive by 10am.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice place, windy day, almost gone with wind.

hiking
10 months ago

This year's abundance of rainfall has allowed for an amazing display of wildflowers here are poppy reserve. The downside of this was the huge amount of visitors it has attracted. We arrived just after 8 and the parking lot was already full. By the time we left around 10:30, the reserve was overwhelmed with visitors. Many people unfortunately ignored the signs to stay on the trails and trampled the poppies in order to get their selfie or next Facebook profile pic. All in all, a very enjoyable hike with the abundance of poppies. Once the poppies have died, nothing else really here to see.

hiking
10 months ago

Went on weekend of 4/2/17 - Constant gusty wind really dries you up so bring plenty of water, lip balm, and sun protection! I got really burned even though I put on sun block. If it were not for the wind it would have been too hot so it's great for our very long hike. We parked 2 miles out from the main parking lot instead of sitting in the car an hour waiting to get into the lot. But the lines for the ladies room was an hour long wait at the visitor's center. Needless to say the view was worth it especially from up high.

Absolutely stunning fields of poppies this year! Great trails. I recommend though if you want beautiful pictures to drive down the side roads before the state park for the best views b/c the poppies are most vibrant this way. You can walk off trail outside state park just be courteous to nature and don't step on any poppies. For more trail info check out my blog post: http://www.fruitstandfresh.com/antelope-valley-boasts-vibrant-super-bloom/

on Antelope Loop Trail

10 months ago

Super windy. Next time I would bring more layers and a hat or beanie.

walking
10 months ago

Great hike. Easy, groomed trails, beautiful scenery!! Go early to beat crowds, wind and heat! $10 parking fee but you can find trailheads off the main road to avoid paying the fee.

hiking
10 months ago

When the flowers are in bloom, it's beautiful here! Crowded, but beautiful.
We visited on a Tuesday at 11am and still had to wait 45 minutes to park. It's $10 to park (there are restrooms available on-site as well as picnic tables and a nature center).
There were definitely plenty of folks going off trail to take photos IN the flowers...of course trampling them as they took said photo.
Please remember to stay on the trails so that everyone can experience the beauty of the fields. I was able to get some amazing photos without ever stepping foot off the trail.

nature trips
10 months ago

This loop is a great nature walk. The poppies are absolutely beautiful. The trail is clearly marked and well kept. There is some uphill. There are alot of people on the trail, many taking pictures and overall enjoying the view. There are a few benches along the way. It is family-friendly, no dogs are allowed on reserve. Poppies are worth the trip!

hiking
10 months ago

One word.... AMAZING!
The trail is fairly easy, nothing extreme or strenuous. Going in March was definitely the right decision, the poppy flowers were blooming, bright, and bountiful. On the plus side there's benches throughout the whole 5 mi trail. 10/10 Recommend.

pretty with the flowers in bloom

Some climbing, but pretty easy trail. The wildflowers are blooming and the poppies were incredible. Very crowded as the day wore on, but not too bad at 9:30am when we started.

Get out there soon! The poppies are beautiful!

Awesome place.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Nice views.

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