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Let's Hike the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

15101 Lancaster Blvd. · Lancaster, CA

How to find us

We will meet at the Interpretive Center

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Meet up: Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Sunday, April 03, 9:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Note: If you are carpooling, meet at the carpool location at 8: 00 a.m. sharp. (The carpool location is the parking lot of Walgreens at the N/E corner of Lomita and Western avenues.) We will all share gas & the price of parking at the reserve.

Meet up & Social Time: 9:45 - 10:00 a.m.

Start Time: 10:00 a.m.

Note: Due to "popular demand," we are going to offer some meet ups outside the South Bay area. For any outing outside the South Bay, we will either take public transportation or do as much carpooling as possible.

***Our carpool location for this hike is Walgreen's parking lot at the NE corner of Western and Lomita Blvd. In the comments section, please mention whether you want to carpool & if you are willing to drive.***

For a decade I lived in Tucson, surrounded by the Sonoran Desert and came to love its many seasonal and diurnal moods and aspects. For this meet up, we will take a mini-journey into the Mojave desert at Antelope Valley, mainly to enjoy the desert's annual spring blooming of myriad wildflowers, especially poppies. At the same time, we will enjoy the desert's liberating open spaces and unique terrain.

The vastness and gorgeousness of the poppy spectacle varies each year, depending on rains and other factors, but mid-April promises primetime viewing!

The preserve can get crowded on the weekends; however, I've scheduled this meet up on Sunday to give those of you who work a chance to attend. Bring a lunch to enjoy on the picnic tables after our hike through the preserve, and, if you care to, a side dish to share with others. Please bring your own plate, utensils, and cup. (We will provide coolers & ice.)

The poppy reserve offers great opportunities for photographers. This photo was taken in March 2016, but by April, the poppies will be in full bloom.

You can read all about the reserve at these links: Facebook ( and Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (

Hike: We will plan to follow both main trails at the reserve (about 5 miles.) Both are easy trails.

Location - Directions

The Reserve is located 15 miles west of Lancaster at 15101 Lancaster Road.
From Highway 14: Take the Avenue I exit and head west 15 miles. Avenue I becomes Lancaster Road.
From I-5: Take Hwy 138 east and turn right on 170th Street West. Make a left at the end, onto Lancaster Road. Follow the road two miles.
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On weekends during good wildflower blooms, the parking area can fill up by late morning. The entrance gate is then closed and vehicles are only allowed in as others leave.

Parking prices per car: $10, $9 senior, $6 disabled sticker

FREE parking is also available on Lancaster Road beginning 100 feet from the entrance (see signs), and visitors may park and walk in through the entrance gate only, staying on the roadway to the entrance kiosk. .