Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve
Each spring, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve comes alive with the seasonal surprises of the Mojave Desert Grassland habitat. The duration and intensity of colors and scents vary from year to year. The wildflower season generally lasts from as early as mid-February through late May, with a variety of wildflowers creating a mosaic of color that changes daily.
In short some nice patches of Poppy and Daisy. However the line of cars backed up at least a half a mile from the park entrance was the most amazing thing to see . We parked on Lancaster Road. and walked about a mile or so to the park entrance where we walked the loop around the park. There were some nice areas to view the wildflowers and occasionally some very nice ones. Not as crowded on the trails as one would think from the line of cars except around the visitor center and of course the bathrooms where it felt like being at a concert. Still a nice way to spend the afternoon.
An unexpected excursion! Absolutely beautiful. It looks like the hills are on fire. An absolute treat to park on the side of the road and walk down paths out to amazing fields. Don't just drive by. Lots of people around when we went, but its a huge space - you weren't right next to people. There are snakes (posted) so be mindful. This is also in the desert and all looks the same - pay attention to where you walk and where your car was! (drop a PIN on GOOGLE MAPS)
This is a great day hike adventure, lots of wildlife, in the spring bloom an amazing site. Great photo ops but stay on the main trails though, $500 fine if you step into to preserve area. This is a sanctuary so tread lightly and leave no trace, take only pictures. Bring enough day packs with food and plenty water for members of your party. Picnic areas are scarce so pack it in and pack trash out. Rest rooms and Porta potties are available at the trail head. Once in the sanctuary there are none. Miles of trails easy to moderate loop back on each other so it's easy to find your way back. Parking is limited at trailhead. Parking on the road side is at your own risk! L.E. is known to ticket and tow randomly. And no security is provided.
Nice park, but pick your visit carefully. We came here and there were only about half of the poppy blossomed. This is a state park so expect to pay a $10.00 use fee. Ample restrooms but out of soap. If anything, it's a nice hiking experience with breath taking views but they do have signs warning of rattlesnake sightings.
If you're looking to do some easy hiking and see a beautiful field if flowers, this is your place to go. Minus the $10 parking fee and the annoying traffic to get there (including entering and exiting the property) this place is a great way to spend some time in the mountains. Make sure to take some sun screen as you will get sun burnt thanks to the lovely wind and the open skies. Remember there is no flower picking allowed. There are several trails you can take, just follow the signs. At the end, make sure to check out the building with historical facts and watch out for rattle snakes.