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Best trails in Lancaster

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Looking for a great trail near Lancaster, California? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, wild flowers trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Saddleback Butte State Park or Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Santa Clarita Woodlands Park or Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Lancaster ranging from 1.1 to 5.5 miles and from 2,332 to 3,651 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Lancaster
Top trails (7)
#1 - Antelope Loop Trail
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
$10.00 to park. 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.Show more
#2 - North Loop, Antelope Butte and Lightning Bolt Loop
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
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.Show more
#3 - Prime Desert Woodland
Lancaster, California
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 47 m
A gentle family-friendly walk on a dirt trail through a tree preserve with lots of wildlife. Accessibility: The trail surface is dirt and typically at least four feet wide. The grade is gentle (all estimated under 3%) so most wheelchair and stroller users will likely be able to traverse this trail as long as the dirt is not too slippery.Show more
#4 - Saddleback Butte Trail
Saddleback Butte State Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
#5 - Apollo Park Trail
Apollo Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 27 m
#6 - Joshua Trees and Juniper Interpretive Trail
Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 31 m
Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park is a small, unassuming park with a pair of trails through preserved Juniper and Joshua tree desert forest. This short trail is 0.3 miles long and set up as an Interpretive Trail. Much of this guide will be built around the trail and the park's descriptive guide. This plot of land was added to the California state park system in 1988 when it was donated to the state by Arthur Ripley. This park serves to preserve one of the last virgin stands of native Joshua and Juniper trees, both of which formerly grew throughout the this valley. Only small parcels of this desert woodland plant community remain, the rest having been cleared for farming and housing. The Joshuas once provided a vital source of food and fiber materials for the Native Americans that inhabited the region of the Antelope Valley. The Joshua is as a member of the lily family of plants. Early in the spring, creamy white blossoms start growing on the ends of the tree's branches. These blooms will last for several months, growing larger and larger as the weeks pass. Why is it called a Joshua Tree? Credit goes to early Mormon settlers saw the tree with its upraised arms and were reminded of the Biblical Joshua who led the Israelites into the Promised Land. Should the park headquarters run out of the interpretive pamphlets, more can be picked up just a few miles down the road at the sector office at Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve.. The start of the nature walk begins at a well-presented billboard kiosk in the park's small picnic area. The trail is short with no elevation change.Show more
#7 - Saddleback Butte via Little Butte
Saddleback Butte State Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m