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Visit the California Poppy Bloom . Antelope Valley. LA Carpool startpoint

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Visit the California Poppy Bloom . Antelope Valley. LA Carpool startpoint

If you have never been here before . . . it worth seeing.

If you have been before . . . it’s time to revisit.

Let’s get to the event date first . . . The poppies bloom anywhere from Feb to May. April 15th is usually just right.

Placing this in mid-March as it may be early. And if when we get close to the date . . . we will check all the websites that have the expected bloom dates. Such as

We’ll walk some or most of the 8 miles of trails–not all of it.

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,

Parking Fees
$10 per vehicle
$9 per vehicle with a senior on board (62 and over)
$5 per vehicle with DPR Disabled Discount Card (see below)

Be prepared for wicked strong winds and bring sunblock! The desert temperatures can vary widely and change suddenly, so bring layers for unpredicted changes in weather.

Dogs are NOT allowed on trails or in the visitor center (just like any California Sate Park)

Whether you most enjoy expansive fields or the close-up study of a single flower, this is the place to visit.

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.

Carpool? YES!!!!

We will meet at the meet time and address. That location is a designated Park & Ride. It is a free lot that has roving security in the area. So it’s safe to leave your car for the day.

We meet and then re-shuffle to then pool and caravan to the Poppies.

Why this location as meet-point? It’s rather central. And just off the 5 . . . the main freeway we need to take to get there.

Carpool to our meetpoint? Sure. Post in the comments on the main group posting.

This is a free hiking event that take a little more work to make happen than a quickie local thing. This is not local in-town. As such you will drive to and meet there. OR you will use the carpool info sent a week before to work on setting up a carpool.

Got questions?
Click Here to send a Direct Message to Marc (screen name Oddie)

Other notable hiking we have planned:

Apr 6 Calcite Mine Slot Canyon Hikes and “The Slot” hike in Anza Borrego
May 18 Bridge To Nowhere
May 25 Yosemite Hikes! MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!!! (Vernal, Nevada Falls, Yosemite Falls Upper or lower
Nov 16 The Great LA Walk 2024

But we will post those to here as we get closer.

NOTICE: For our events we do not discriminate by Age, Gender, Gender Preference, Ethnicity, National Origin, Race, Color, Religion, or even Belly Button Lint.

March 24 2024


Date: March 24
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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