CANCELLED Saturday, April 9, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon: Annual desert outing - Saddleback Butte State Park: This field trip CANCELLED because of weather, with the likelihood of rain, winds, and lightning/thunderstorms in the open desert.
Here is the original description of the proposed outing:
This trip will explore the plants and ecology of the central Antelope Valley. We will look at the ecosystem as a whole, plants, birds, reptiles and desert ecology with emphasis on vegetation. We hope the rains were sufficient to provide for wildflowers, but desert plants are interesting regardless. We may hike part of the trail (2.5 miles) to the top of the butte. Leader: Mickey Long.
Directions: Saddleback Butte is located approximately 17 miles east of Lancaster. Take the 14 (Antelope Valley) Freeway north to the exit at East Avenue J in Lancaster. Travel east on Avenue J to the junction with 170th St. East. Meet at 8:30 a.m. along the dirt shoulder at the junction of Ave J and 170th St. Water and toilets are located near the picnic area. Wear good sturdy shoes or boots, and a hat. Bring water and snacks, and a lunch if you wish to join us at the covered picnic areas. A per car entrance fee of $6 is required.