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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 and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length 3.6 mi Elevation gain 446 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Parking Fee: $9 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.

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Leandra Goodwin
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Hiking

Great little hike for beginners. Few short steep inclines. Beautiful views. There is a day parking fee of $10. The sign at the entrance said cash or card. I would bring cash just in case.

Andrea Mullen
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Hiking

Boring, no shade, no flowers. $9.00 to park. No dogs,

Andrea Mullen
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Boring, no shade, no flowers. $9.00 to park. No dogs,

Logan McTaggart
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Matthew McTaggart
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Very nice hike, did it as a family. the kids struggled a bit on some of the uphill portions, but for the active and fit adult who likes to go out and enjoy nature this hike would be very satisfying. The best part of the hike is a Vista overlooking the high desert, you can see Rosamond, Lancaster/Palmdale, Quartzhill and all the outlying communities. The trails themselves have nice width and are well marked. Will definitely come again. The parking fee is $10/car cash only.

Logan McTaggart
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I would recommend this trail to anyone with hiking experience. Either go in the morning or late afternoon because it gets rather hot at the peak of the day and there is no shade, but there are plenty of benches with memorial placards on them. The view from the Vista is gorgeous and gives you a great view of Rosamond, Lancaster, and Palmdale. I went there with my husband and three daughters and it was quite the challenge. We saw at least two dozen stink bugs along the trail, which we turned into a game trying to dodge them all. Overall, a great hike, will go again!

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Megan Malone
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Anthony Ramirez
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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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Elizabeth Worrell
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Colin Van Gorder
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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.

Dylan Payne
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get there early, stay on the trail.

Brian Carroll
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Hiking

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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Emma Regalado
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First to Review

It was great seeing all the poppies but the crowds were horrendous. The trails were beautifully groomed and the hike was easy. We went early in the morning and the crowds didn’t start until 11:00ish.

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Vanessa Aldana
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Anthony Anthony Flores
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Alexis Feller
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Olivia Kalahar
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Phoebe Solomon
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Marisela Garcia
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Paul Boyd
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sarah hoover
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julie wald
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