Saturday, April 8, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon: Saddfleback Butte State Park, Antelope Valley: Difficulty: easy to moderate. Leader: Mickey Long.
This trip will explore the plants and ecology of the central Antelope Valley. Mickey plans to discuss the ecosystem as a whole, plants, birds, reptiles and desert ecology, with emphasis on vegetation. We will hope the rains were sufficient to provide for wildflowers, but desert plants are interesting regardless. We may hike part of the trail (2.5 mi.) to the top of the butte.
Directions: Saddleback Butte is located approximately 17 miles East of Lancaster. Take the 14 (Antelope Valley Fwy) north to 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. Water and toilets are located near the picnic area at Saddeleback Butte. Wear good sturdy shoes or boots, 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 $6 is required.
Further information: See this web site: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=618 (Click on “Brochures” for a park map and directions.)