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.

5.5 miles
593 feet

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching


wild flowers


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.

9 hours ago

Difficulty: 6/10 (intermediate)

Duration: 2hrs

Distance: ~4 miles (didn’t do west loop)

Parking: Parking lot (no rangers when empty) side of the road (when open)

Views: 7/10; southern views of Angeles Forest and San Andreas Fault, east Antelope Valley, west Gorman, north Tehachapi mountains

Incline: flat to steep in spots

Technical: dirt path

Equipment: hiking shoes (Merrill mesh), sweat pants, layered with windbreaker, Underarmor T-shirt

Weather: 30s-40s

Shade: none

Environment: desert vegetation and wildflowers (poppies)

Wildlife: birds

Bugs: none

Details: dirt paths through poppy preserve

TIPs: top of hills have nice views

PROS: good workout and great views

CONS: none

Scott H (aka Swiper)

1 month ago

The trails at the Poppy Reserve are more like 8 miles and can be strenuous with a brisk pace. Rattlesnakes can be seen stretched across the path asleep warming themselves just avoid them and walk around in a wide arch. What may be an annoyance is the intense freezing wind so have something to cover ears. Definitely have water in hand as the drinking fountains were not working. Pull in and drive up to unmanned kiosk and please make a donation in provided envelope. Then park and you will see the 24/7 unlocked restrooms. Up the path to left is closed visitor center. (Open during poppy season March-April.)
The several trails loop around and it’s wonderful if you like being alone in nature. There’s several easy to medium incline but nothing is difficult just maybe annoyingly windy. Cell phone service is nonexistent. You may see 1-2 people off in distance otherwise may not see a soul. Great distant views and gravel But mostly dirt paths. Don’t skip. Nighttime it’s accessible but tons of nocturnal critters in total blackness isn’t advisable for enjoyment. Downright spooky! Track your steps and you will find your up to 10000 in no time walking all paths. They all loop back - check it out!


10 months ago

Nice Sunday hike around the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve Trails. We did the longest loop that takes you to 3 different vista points. About 5 miles total distance. Even with the 25-35 mph winds, it was still a beautiful spot to explore.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Easy hike, not too many elevation changes... absolutely gorgeous at the right time of year, especially certain years. Was here in 2017 after a very wet winter following drought - incredible fields of poppies! The area is windy and without shade, and is also home to rattlesnakes, so dress accordingly. During superbloom events the park can fill up and lines to enter can be long, so get there early. And please stay on the trails!

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Just dirt and rattlesnakes unless you’re there on the right year in the right time of spring. Then you can see some beautiful poppies if their aren’t too many tourists standing in the way trampling the flowers.

Monday, May 08, 2017

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.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Nice place, windy day, almost gone with wind.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

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.

Monday, April 03, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

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:

Friday, March 31, 2017

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

Friday, March 31, 2017

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.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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
Monday, March 27, 2017

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!

Monday, March 27, 2017

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.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

pretty with the flowers in bloom

Saturday, March 25, 2017

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.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Get out there soon! The poppies are beautiful!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Awesome place.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Nice views.

Monday, February 13, 2017

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.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

I went there today as my first hiking trip in AV area ( I just moved from the Valley). After reading that dogs are ok on a leash, I took my dog BArkely and what a disappointment. There are many signs saying NO dogs allowed. What a disappoint. Someone needs to correct this misleading information about dogs allowed.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Went last year. Beautiful a lot of poppys.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

My first hike...I think. Very nice trails and had different routes. The Poppy flowers were very nice. A bit crowded and very windy.

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