Saturday, April 20, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon: Saddleback Butte State Park, Antelope Valley: Grade easy to moderate. Leader Mickey Long.
This trip will explore the plants and ecology of the central Antelope Valley. The leader will discuss the ecosystem as a whole, plants, birds, reptiles and desert ecology with emphasis on vegetation. We hope the great 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. A second stop somewhere in bloom may be an option.
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 inside the State Park. 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. There is an entrance fee of $6 per car.
Further information: Check out http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=618. Click on “Brochures” and download the Park Brochure for a park map & directions.