Antelope Loop Trail

EASY 48 reviews

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.

5.6 miles 695 feet 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.

walking
8 days ago

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

walking
11 days 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
11 days ago

Nice place, windy day, almost gone with wind.

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hiking
14 days 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.

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hiking
19 days 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
20 days ago

hiking
21 days 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/

21 days ago

22 days ago

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

walking
22 days 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.

23 days ago

hiking
23 days 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.

24 days ago

hiking
26 days ago