Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 15, 2017

Antelope Valley Wildflowers 4/15/17

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve SNR reports

As of April 15th, the hills are drying out but poppies are still blooming across the western slopes. Bush lupine, fiddleneck, and some smaller flowers are still in bloom, but most other wildflowers have faded. The hot weather this weekend will dry them out more, but possible rain next week may keep the survivors going to the end of April.

If possible, visiting on weekdays (Monday-Friday), and carpooling is highly recommended. Due to high visitation on weekends, lines on the entrance road and for restrooms may be long by mid-morning, and the entrance road may be closed altogether when the lots are full. Visitors may park on Lancaster Road and walk in for free, but must stay along the entrance road and enter at the kiosk; visitors entering the park through the fenceline or by walking across the open fields from the road will be fined.

Stay on OFFICIAL TRAILS only. Walking in the poppies crushes all of the wildflowers and will result in a ticket. DO NOT walk where others have already damaged plants or there is only bare dirt; it will compound the damage and leave a scar for years to come. No dogs, bikes on trails, drones, or picking flowers.

Poppies curl up at night or if it’s cold so check the weather forecast before arriving.  The weather can change suddenly and it is frequently windy here during the spring.  This is a DESERT grassland, so drink water often.  Note that it can be very windy here in the spring.

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