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“Poppies as far as the eye can see”

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Lancaster
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Owner description: More than 1,700 acres of poppy fields and lined with trails featuring a variety of flowers.
South Central Orange County, CA
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134 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Poppies as far as the eye can see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2008

This year (2008) the winter rains brought us a virtual cornucopia of wildflowers. The poppies appeared to be in full bloom the last week of March. Among them we also saw carpets of goldfields, a few pygmy-leafed lupines, and a few other wildflowers to add contrast to the orange hillsides. Scattered bunches of grape-soda lupines really stood out on the Tehachapi Vista Point Trail.

We took the shortest of the loop trails with a view, which was the aforementioned Tehachapi Vista Point Trail. I had to keep my 20-month old in a stroller or the hike would have been to much for her at approximately 1.4 miles. My 8-year old made the trip with no complaints. The path is paved for the first 100 yards or so, and the trail afterwards was compacted dirt and occasional sand. I wasn't the only one pushing a stroller on the trail, but I imagine it would be quite a workout for someone pushing a double stroller or wheelchair. There are benches strategically placed along the way for the weary to rest.

There are two areas with restrooms. There are pit toilets at the parking lot (noticeable during the peak season by the long lines) and flush toilets up at the visitors center. There is also a picnic area near the visitors center, but it was too crowded to be of any use to us once we arrived just after noon.

It can get windy at times, so it's best to bring a jacket and dress in layers. Also wear comfortable shoes and check the maps at the visitors center so you can make sure your trail of choice matches your schedule and stamina. The longest loop trail is over 3 miles. If you have the time and energy, the views at this time of year are worth the trip.

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Los Angeles
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“Poppy filled vistas”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2008

Imagine miles upon miles of gently rolling hills covered with bright red poppies!

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costa rica
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3 attraction reviews
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“wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2006

I visited in late April and it was stunning here. Just plains of poppies whistfully moving in the wind. It was so beautiful, I stared at these flowers for hours. Great trip during spring!

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Detroit
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“perfect for a Saturday morning”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2006

I went here for a short hike in August this past summer. It was very nice. Lots of meadows, short trails, dust, and even one snake! If you go early enough, you can see a lot of birds like wrentits and robins.

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