Sunday, March 29, 2015
Hike 2015.020 -- Antelope Valley California Poppy State Natural Reserve
Despite having heard about the very big hit the California Poppies took at the end of the previous week, I figured it would still be worth a drive out there. Worst-case scenario: I'll have an easy walk on a mostly-deserted set of trails. More likely scenario: The non-poppy wildflowers would still give me something to look at.
Goldfields blanketed much of the area, and filled the air with a pungent odor. Blue-colored phacelia were also here, as were some scattered poppies. I walked from the visitor center, along the .6 mile trail segment that goes past Tehachapi Vista Point, looped around on the north loop, then took the north segment past Kitanemuk Vista Point, then over to Antelope Butte Vista Point, then looped on that eastern trail, taking the middle return route. 5 miles for the day. Enough to feel good about the walk, and having taken in a lot of wildflowers, I was satisified with the trip.
Links to previous visits to the Reserve are here, and here, and here.