The poppies are in bloom at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. The park hopes that this week's rain will make even more bloom over the next couple of weeks as long as we don't have a heat wave. We will hike an approx. three-mile loop around the east side of the park where the poppy bloom is best. We also have the option to add on another loop around the west side to see some different flowers. The grape soda lupin really do smell like grape soda!
Bring a sack lunch so we can have a picnic after the hike.
Following the hike, if you have time we can drive The Musical Road a few miles away, on the way back the freeway. If you don't know what that is, it is a stretch of street that if you drive over it at 55 miles per hour the bumps in the road make you tires play The Lone Ranger Theme Song.
- It gets pretty windy out there so be bring a jacket and a hat that won't fly off.
- There is no shade so bring proper sun protection.
- There is a nice bathroom in the visitor center building so you don't have to bother with the port-a-potties in the parking lot.
For more info about the poppy preserve go to their website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=627
Our return time for this one is kind of open ended. If you want to keep to a specific schedule, it would be a good idea to bring your own car. It will be easy for you to return to your car at any time.
Please contact me (Angeline@wildwomenhiking.com) directly if you would like to carpool. My carpool will leave from McDonalds off Valley Circle Drive in Calabasas/Woodland Hills at 8:00am. I can carry 3 passengers. Otherwise meet at the Preserve visitor center at 9:30 am Parking fee is $10/vehicle.
Approx Distance: 3-5 miles
Approx Difficulty: Moderate
Approx Time: 3-4 hours
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