XEROX Mountaineering & Backpacking Club

Poppy Preserve Hike Saturday, 2 May 1992

Brief: Easy, 3 mile round trip, 0 feet elevation gain.

What: The State Poppy Preserve is located near Lancaster. During a short window of time in the spring in which the poppies bloom, the place offers a spectacular scene of vast patches of orange colored poppies. This facility offers a visitor center restrooms and drinking water. The preserve is open daily from 9 -4 and there is a 5$ admission fee per vehicle.

We may have lunch together after the hike depending on majority wish.

The visitor center has a phone number 805/724-1180 which is connected to an answering machine which records the status of the bloom. A big crop is expected this year once the day get hotter, due to the large amount of precipitation of this year.

Additional source for wild flower situation is the Theodore Payne Foundation at 818-768-3533 which predicts that the flowers in Antelope Valley will peak in the middle of April

When: Saturday May 02 , be at the entrance no later than 10:00 AM.

Who: This is rated as easy hike. The pace will be leisurely so I recommend this 3 mile round trip for just about everyone.

Bring: Lunch, water (1 quart min.), camera, ten essentials. It may be breezy , so a windbreaker is recommended.

Weather: The weather is generally mild this time of year, but it can cool off quickly in the afternoon - extra clothing may be welcome.

WARNING: Watch out for snakes.

All plants & wildlife are protected by law. $500 fine for breaking law.

Dogs must be leashed.

Directions: exit the Antelope Valley Freeway 14 at Avenue I, Drive west approximately 13 miles, the preserve is at 15101 West Lancaster Road which is an extension of Avenue I.

Questions/Reservations/carpooling: If you would like more information contact Dave Lake at 310-333-6958 or E-mail: dlake:osbu south:xerox. Reservations are not required, but I would like to know who is planning to attend.