Explore the most popular trails in Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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1 day ago

we went for a a short hike but the scenery was beautiful!

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7 days ago

Great little hike for beginners. Few short steep inclines. Beautiful views. There is a day parking fee of $10. The sign at the entrance said cash or card. I would bring cash just in case.

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9 days ago

Flowers are blooming, weather is nice. Great hiking, whether you're looking for something short or a little longer.

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29 days ago

Parking was good when I came, although there is a 10 dollar fee. Restrooms by the parking lot. Small picnic area and great views.

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1 month ago

Nice walking tour probably much better when the poppies are out! If you just want some outside time and exercise it’s good. Some of the views are nice. No shade!

Boring, no shade, no flowers. $9.00 to park. No dogs,

Boring, no shade, no flowers. $9.00 to park. No dogs,

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Very nice hike, did it as a family. the kids struggled a bit on some of the uphill portions, but for the active and fit adult who likes to go out and enjoy nature this hike would be very satisfying. The best part of the hike is a Vista overlooking the high desert, you can see Rosamond, Lancaster/Palmdale, Quartzhill and all the outlying communities. The trails themselves have nice width and are well marked. Will definitely come again. The parking fee is $10/car cash only.

I would recommend this trail to anyone with hiking experience. Either go in the morning or late afternoon because it gets rather hot at the peak of the day and there is no shade, but there are plenty of benches with memorial placards on them. The view from the Vista is gorgeous and gives you a great view of Rosamond, Lancaster, and Palmdale. I went there with my husband and three daughters and it was quite the challenge. We saw at least two dozen stink bugs along the trail, which we turned into a game trying to dodge them all. Overall, a great hike, will go again!

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5 months ago

Beautiful when poppies are in season, few people the day I went (weekday) and lots of lizards to see. Amazingly quiet when there's no one there!

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6 months ago

This late in the season, you get the park to yourself. Not another soul this morning. However, there were wildflowers abounding. They were the fall bloom. Lots of tiny flowers that if you don't look closely, you won't see. But also, two large flowers, the yellow daisy-like flowers and the gigantic Datura. Lots of lizards, bees and other bugs, but never bothered me. The loop to the West is fairly flat if you walk around the hill, while the loop on the East has significantly more climbing involved. My GPS recorded 6.3 miles. Seems to be the case with Alltrails and my GPS, and I've seen it from other reviewers that the mileage seems always longer when you record it than what is noted in Alltrails. Regardless, I really like this trail system as it's close to home, there's plenty more to hike and you can really combine many options to make it short, long, climbing or fairly level. I would just avoid this place in the spring when the poppies are out, no solitude during that time, and you have to pay to park.

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7 months ago

Very well maintained trail. It was a nice way to unwind a little at the end of a long day, and the drive out wasn’t bad at all. Would love to see in poppy season, but the views of the valley were still nice in July.

on Antelope Loop Trail

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9 months ago

Always go here during April. Beautiful.

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10 months ago

Beautiful during the poppy season. It’s a great trail year round because it is maintained. But when the floral season is over it isn’t nearly as pretty. 5/5 for views, ease of hike, location/easy access, and being well maintained. Probably 3-4/5 when the poppies aren’t bloomed because it’s just a standard trail that can just look like desert everywhere when it’s not blooming season. I would not recommend this hike in the middle of the day in summer because there is no shade and you will BAKE. In the summer it is a very early morning or evening hike.

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11 months ago

Poppy season is almost over, but this is still an enjoyable hike. A bit windy today & the sun made it rather toasty, but there were very few people. Nice to see the different stages poppies go through & I only saw 1 snake. Trail is nice for a good stretch of your legs.

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