Saturday, March 5, 2016
Hike 2016.011 -- Antelope Valley California Poppy SNR, Early Season Hike
I knew I was coming before peak, but I had the time, and the motivation to make a drive out here. Figured I'd check now, and maybe come back in April. But, because it was early season, I knew the trails would be empty and I'd have the trails largely to myself.
And, as expected, there were only a few patches of orange. Not enough rain, and the early warmth / late freeze killed a lot of the poppy plants.
I hiked out there a few weeks ago.
As of today, I'm also planning to return to Death Valley next week, too. That's why I'm rooting for a bit more rain there this weekend.
Previous trips have been drier, with poppies, without poppies, with some poppies, etc. It varies a great deal by year.