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HIKING AROUND PALMDALE & LANCASTER IN THE ANTELOPE VALLEY

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Antelope Poppy Reserve

Overview: 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.

Please Note: rattlesnakes are out!  The Mojave green rattlesnakes can be active in the daytime on cool-to-warm days. They come out in the evenings on hot days. Rattlesnakes are not aggressive and will not attack unless startled or threatened. When you approach they almost always make you aware of their presence, as they want to avoid a confrontation.  If you encounter one on a trail, it will most likely move out of your way if you just hang back and give it space. Keep in mind, rattlesnakes are an important part of the food web and without them, rodents could rapidly overpopulate and consume the flowers that the park is famous for. They are now a protected animal.  The Mojave Desert Interpretive Association, an active local non-profit, helps support this cause as well as nearby state parks. Their information is below:

Poppy Reserve/ Mojave Desert Interpretive Association
43779 15TH Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534-9008
TEL 661- 942-0662

Tips: Location:
The park is located approximately seven miles west of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve on Lancaster Road (an extension of West Avenue I ), or four miles off of State Highway 138 via 245th Street West. Park along Lancaster Road, and enter through the pedestrian walk-through by the park gate.

Free admission.

Telephone: Mojave Sector Office
(661) 946-6092

Operating Hours:
Sunrise to Sunset

Dogs are allowed on-leash.
This park features a few shaded picnic tables and self-guided nature trail, with information about the desert wildflowers and animals of the Ripley Desert Woodlands. There is a pit toilet available; no running water.

There is no camping at this park.

Non-profit and volunteer support for the park is provided by:
Poppy Reserve/ Mojave Desert Interpretive Association
43779 15TH Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534-9008
TEL 661- 942-0662

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Vasquez Rocks Park

Story:
It was non-stop rain in Southern California the week of January 17, 2010 and we were having a strong case of cabin fever. The weather cleared Friday evening and the weekend forecast was looking good. That evening I saw that Kolby, aka the Hike Guy (thehikeguy.com and 100hikes.com) had posted an invite for a hike to Vasquez Rocks Park. We had always wanted to go there and this looked like a great opportunity to not only get out after all the rain but to meet the guy who’s website has given us great hiking suggestions as well as inspired us to get out on the trail more often.We met up on a beautiful post-rain Southern California Sunday and after a brief greeting and discussion of the plan for the day, embarked on our journey. Kolby was a great trail guide and besides the beautiful views and engaging conversation, I learned a few things I didn’t know before – like the clicking sound a Raven makes when talking to another Raven. If you’re in Southern California area and are looking for a fun hike, I highly recommend joining Kolby on one of his outings.
Here is a description of the park from the Los Angeles Country Parks and Recreation website:“This 932-acre park located in the high desert near Agua Dulce Springs and features spectacular rock formations, Tataviam Indian sites, and a seasonal stream. The rocks’ history began in prehistoric times when the sandstone rocks were uplifted at a picturesque angle, showing their jagged red features. In 1874 Tiburcio Vasquez, one of California’s most notorious bandits, used these rocks to elude capture by law enforcement. His name has since been associated with this geologic feature. The park is a popular hiking, picnicking, and equestrian area. Vasquez has been a popular filming location used as the setting for scenes in many movies, television shows and commercials. Among the many films and television show to feature Vasquez Rocks are the “The Lone Ranger”, “Zorro”, “Little Miss Sunshine”, “Bonanza”, “Blazing Saddles”, “Star Trek”, “24”, “The Six Million Dollar Man”, “MacGyver”, “Austin Powers”, Star Trek 11, Numbers and “The Flintstones”.”

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More than 1,700 acres of poppy fields and lined with trails featuring a variety of flowers.

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Address: 15101 Lancaster Rd, Lancaster, CA 93536-9733

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