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.

Really awesome hike! Went here after my former partner visited in the spring and felt its magic- I wasn’t disappointed by the beautiful views and majesty of the desert. A little tough on the way up because a good amount is sand or on a moderate grade. Recommend to go if you’re ever in need of a peaceful climb and some healing.

$6 day use parking fee so bring some cash!
Beautiful hike! Sandy, ZERO people, a true hidden gem! A bit of a trek outside of LA (about 2 hours) but worth it. Amazing 360 views of the desert and the mountains. The trail is pretty well kept until you get close to the top where it tends to disappear and then reappear again. A good amount of rock scrambling to get up to the top but hey, that’s half the fun!!

Great East and HOT ! Loved it great little power walk ! Rockie terrain for a little bit nothing crazy ! Great views of the scenery !

Great for Winter hiking,

First hike in a while and I loved it! Be aware that the terrain gets pretty sandy at some points. However, it's so worth it, especially when you reach the peak and get to see all around Antelope Valley. I 100% recommend this hike when the sun isn't high in the air, not just for the heat but the scenery as well.

Fun if you go off-trail.

This one was great. Great for kids, and easy. Loved it.

Super fun track! I’m a beginner so it was super easy, there is no way of getting lost

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Was a nice hike, bit of a workout because of the beach sand in certain areas on the trail.

Friday, January 06, 2017

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.

Monday, November 28, 2016

nice short hike

Friday, October 07, 2016

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.

Monday, June 20, 2016

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

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Nice hike. Sandy on the bottom, rocky on the top.

Friday, January 02, 2015

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

Saturday, December 27, 2014

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.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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 .

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

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.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

State Park is closing June 30th, 2012.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

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.

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