Antelope Loop Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lancaster, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 593 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

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bird watching

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views

wild flowers

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no dogs

$10.00 to park. This loop walk includes the two primary loops and hilltop viewing areas at Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. Generally an easy-to-moderate jaunt, this walk can get tough in high heat or in strong gusty desert winds. Bring plenty of water and wind protection. And don't forget the sunscreen. This park was established to protect outstanding seasonal displays of native wildflowers, in particular the California Poppy, our state flower. The park includes seven miles of trails winding through wildflower fields, hilltops, and a lovely spring-fed desert valley. The wildflower blooms generally happen from March through May with the peak viewing period in Mid-April. The best poppy showing occurs when the temperature is over 70F and wind is less than 10mph. In season watch for: Poppies, filaree, fiddleneck, silver puff, pygmy-leaved lupine, bush lupine, lacey phacelia, slender keel fruit, forget-me-not, fringe pod, wild onions, red maids, sun cups, gold fields, owl's clover, hairy lotus, cream cups and rattlesnake weed.

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17 days ago

Super easy to find, very touristy. Very beautiful!

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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

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2 months 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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3 months 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!

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5 months ago

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7 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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8 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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9 months ago

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10 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.

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Sat Jun 01 2019

Always go here during April. Beautiful.

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Mon May 27 2019

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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Fri Apr 26 2019

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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Sun Apr 21 2019

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Sun Apr 21 2019

Lots of rattlesnakes! Had to wait till they clear our way... Also, it was very windy. Beautiful flowers, though.

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Fri Apr 19 2019

Easy trail with gentle slopes. I went during the superbloom (April 8, 2019), and the hillsides were orange because of all the poppies!

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Mon Apr 15 2019

Highly recommended

Sun Apr 14 2019

5/5 scenery but peak blooms draw people from all over the world who just want to be the worst. Behavior within the park was actually pretty okay but if you have a problem with a ton of tourists wildly disrespecting both public land and basic common sense go elsewhere.

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Sat Apr 13 2019

Just awesome for all skill levels (it's very easy) many beautiful poppies

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Sat Apr 13 2019

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Fri Apr 12 2019

Easily navigated you can’t really get lost. The California Poppies are amazing right now! There was a few spots that visitors had trampled the poppies but for the most part the rules were well respected by the public. We got there late in the day so we only did the east loop. I would love to go and do the whole loop.

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Wed Apr 10 2019

Absolutely covered in poppies, fiddlenecks, bluedicks, and many other flowers. Great year to go. Ample parking on a Wednesday evening. The visitor center is only open 10-4 however. Poppies for literal miles in some places, better than expected!

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Sun Apr 07 2019

nice easy trail

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Sat Apr 06 2019

Stunningly beautiful. Arrived at 7:45AM before the crowds, 44 degrees and a strong wind from the West made it feel colder. The Poppies were closed at the start of hike, but slowly opened as the sun got higher. By 10:00AM the poppies were opened, providing more striking color. Trails are well maintained and gradually rise and drop across the gently sloping hills, providing dramatically changing vistas.

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