Los Angeles: Poppy Reserve

This 5.2-mile desert hike is great any time, but spectacular in spring when the Antelope Buttes bloom with native grasses and fire-orange poppies, the California state flower.
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This 5.2-mile desert hike is great any time, but spectacular in spring when the Antelope Buttes bloom with native grasses and fire-orange poppies, the California state flower.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.1

Waypoints

PRL001

Location: 34.7317733764648, -118.393966674805

Hike N from parking lot near the interpretive center

PRL002

Location: 34.7339935302734, -118.394538879395

Veer R @ Y; R again @ second Y

PRL003

Location: 34.7342071533203, -118.392677307129

Keep straight; breathe in the succulent aroma of California poppies

PRL004

Location: 34.7344818115234, -118.391395568848

Stay straight

PRL005

Location: 34.7370796203613, -118.38542175293

Turn R @ Y

PRL006

Location: 34.7358245849609, -118.383659362793

Bear L @ Y

PRL007

Location: 34.7440376281738, -118.378913879395

Photo op: High point with 360° views of rolling
green hills carpeted in orange poppies

PRL008

Location: 34.7392578125, -118.386077880859

R @ Y; stay on the high route for stellar views of Antelope Buttes

PRL009

Location: 34.7358818054199, -118.390922546387

Superb viewpoint; go L @ Y

PRL011

Location: 34.7327079772949, -118.395896911621

Turn R @ T, then veer immediately L onto South Trail

PRL012

Location: 34.7330856323242, -118.404327392578

L @ T, ending the far end of south loop; lupins mix with poppies

PRL013

Location: 34.7329139709473, -118.396270751953

Keep R @ Y; stay R past interpretive center back to parking lot

PRL010

Location: 34.7341918945312, -118.39444732666

Head straight