Antelope Loop Trail

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Antelope Loop Trail is a 5.6 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
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
551 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve 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.

8 months ago

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
8 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
9 months ago

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

walking
9 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
9 months ago

Nice place, windy day, almost gone with wind.

hiking
9 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
9 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.

hiking
9 months ago

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/

9 months ago

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

walking
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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.

9 months ago

pretty with the flowers in bloom

9 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

Get out there soon! The poppies are beautiful!

10 months ago

Awesome place.

11 months ago

Nice views.

hiking
11 months ago

There is a 10 dollar parking fee no one told us about. we didn't have any cash so we had to leave. didn't get to see the park.

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