North Loop, Antelope Butte and Lightning Bolt Loop

MODERATE 26 reviews

North Loop, Antelope Butte and Lightning Bolt Loop is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lancaster, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 446 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This park was established to protect outstanding seasonal displays of native wildflowers, in particular the California Poppy, the 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.

First time on this trail with my Little Lady and we enjoyed it very much. We only saw a few people at the start and end. I think if you come here right after the rain season like March you will find even more Poppies than we did.

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2 months ago

The colors and the amount of wildflowers (not just poppy) are amazing. The amount of orange is almost overwhelming. We were fortunate enough to go on a weekday which reduced the waiting time to get in and park. The trails are wide so there is no need to step to the sides which would damage the plants; please stay on the well marked trails. It was very windy while we were hiking. The whole experience was great.

2 months ago

get there early, stay on the trail.

So surreal. Super bloom was crazy. Like walking in a painting. If you can get here I highly recommend it. Came late in the day. Signs were saying 1 hour wait from this point way down at the bottom of the hill, just to get to the parking lot. Wouldn’t be 5 stars most of the year.

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recorded Antelope Valley loop

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Saturday, December 09, 2017

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