“What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote.” Edward Abbey
Run or Hike: Run
Date: 1 July 2018
Distance: 5.2 Miles
Elevation Gain: 646 ft
Elapsed Time: 52:27
Max Elevation (Garmin): 3040 ft
Min Temp (Garmin): 73 F
Max Temp (Garmin): 82 F
Avg Temp: 76 F
Parking Info: Intersection of Lancaster Road and 150th St West in the Antelope Valley
Support the parks, pay the $10 to park in the lot
GPS Map of My Run:
First things first, don’t go to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in July and expect to see wildflowers. The season for that is between February and May. But don’t let the lack of flowers discourage you, the fields of flowing brown grasses are still pretty awesome, and the reserve still makes for a great early morning summer hike or run. Also be aware that dogs are not allowed, the parking lot charges $10, drones are not allowed, and there are rattlesnakes in the area.
The running trails around the reserve are very well marked and maintained. Footing is easy and none of the climbs are particularly taxing for a trail runner. The park also has cement benches along every trail. During peak flower season this place is a zoo, and while the hiking and photography is great, you can count out trail running. In July, you will likely be the ONLY person in the park affording the opportunity to safely bomb the downhills.
There are a few more miles of trails I didn’t hit, just north of the western most loop.
In summer get your run or hike done before 9am.
A Few Photos (Taken with GoPro Hero5 Session):