BONUS: For extra blooms with a view, make the three-quarter-mile ascent to the 2,970-foot Kitanemuk Vista Point where forget-me-nots and poppies mingle with southern views of the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountain ranges.
Check the official Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve website for the most current status on what’s in bloom. The reserve is located 15 miles west of Lancaster and about 85 miles north of Los Angeles. From I-5, take Highway 138 east and turn right on 170th St. West. At the end of this street, make a left on Lancaster Rd. Continue 2 miles before making a left into the reserve (15101 Lancaster Rd.). Vehicle parking $10. Trail maps available at the visitors’ center. From the visitors’ center, head west (right) and follow signs for .25-mile to Tehachapi Vista Point. Descend to the Poppy Trail’s north loop and follow for 1.2 miles until circling back to the visitors’ center. A few yards north of the center, follow the signs for .75-mile to Kitanemuk Vista Point. Open sunrise to sunset. No dogs.