Saddleback Visitor Center

The Saddleback Visitor Center open again, Saturday and Sunday, 10 - 4. 

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Celebrate the New Year with “First Day Hikes”

at Saddleback Butte and Red Rock Canyon State Parks

Rejuvenate by taking a family friendly trek through a state park close to home

 

Lancaster – California State Parks will sponsor free guided hikes at Saddleback Butte State Park and Red Rock Canyon State Park on New Year’s Day, as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states.  America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1st at a state park.  First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family. 

 

“Think of it as the start of a new and healthy lifestyle, for the whole family. Whether you’re staying close to home or traveling, join us at one of America’s State Parks on New Year’s Day” said Priscilla Geigis, President of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD).  “Studies have proven that getting outdoors is one good way to relax and recharge the body, mind and spirit. We hope that hiking along a trail in a state park will become part of an individual’s or family’s regular exercise routine.”

 

At Saddleback Butte State Park, staff and volunteers will lead the hikes which vary from an easy half mile to a strenuous five mile hike up the butte. Check in for all hikes at the park Visitor Center, 17102 East Avenue J, Lancaster (corner of 170th St E and East Avenue J, near Lake Los Angeles). Kids are welcome, but dogs are not allowed on trails in California State Parks. Bring a lunch to enjoy in the park’s Picnic  Area after returning from the hikes!  Fundraising activities will also be offered to benefit the Support Saddleback Committee (cash or checks only). Visit www.Facebook.com/SaddlebackButte for more information and updates.


9 a.m. – Hike to top of Saddleback Butte

Moderately strenuous. Five miles and about three hours roundtrip; 1000 ft of elevation gain to an incredible view across the Mojave Desert.  Bring water and wear good hiking shoes and layered clothing; it can be very windy at the top. 

10 a.m. - Hike across the park

Easy to moderate.  4.3 miles with little elevation gain; about 1 ¾ hours.   Dress for the weather; bring water and hat, walking sticks are optional. Enjoy the beautiful high desert views over the Antelope Valley; this is a great winter’s hike. 

11 a.m. - Dowen Nature Trail

Easy.  Ranger-lead interpretive tour along the nature trail.  Learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the local area. 1/2 mile loop with mild elevation gain, about 1 hour; wheelchair/stroller accessible.

 

An all-day hike will also be led at Red Rock Canyon State Park, 22 miles north of Mojave on Highway 14:

9:00 a.m. - Red Rock Canyon State Park, meet at dirt lot on East side of Hwy 14, ¾ mile north of Abbot Road.

A 9 mile, all day hike into Nightmare Gulch with a side trip into the well-hidden “Secret Silent City”; participants will be back by approximately 4pm.  The strenuous route option begins with a scramble over three ridges to enjoy the fabulous views, with an elevation gain/loss of approximately 3000’.  This hike is not for beginners, and dogs are not allowed on this guided hike; no exceptions.  Wear layered clothing and bring plenty of water and snacks/lunch; hikers are responsible for their own health and safety. Only heavy rain will cancel. Visit www.Facebook.com/RedRockCanyonStatePark for more information and updates.

 


Camp Hosts Needed at Saddleback Butte State Park

Do you or someone you know have a trailer and love camping in the desert? We are looking for volunteer camp host(s) to stay at Saddleback Butte State Park, near Lancaster at the western end of the Mojave Desert (an hour north of LA). 

 

The host campsite has full hookups, and duties include greeting visitors and campers, selling firewood, light grounds maintenance, light restroom cleaning, weekend visitor center staffing and cleaning as needed, and opening/closing gates.  It's a small campground in a quiet park, but spring may be busy if we have a good wildflower bloom. Daily work hours depend on park visitation (but generally about 5 hours a day), and days off are flexible. Camp hosts can also be trained to give interpretive programs if interested. A small town and the State Park Sector office are located only 4 miles away.

 

The 3-6 month position is currently available from now through December, and from April forward. This is not a paying position, but hosts are compensated with a free campsite and hookups. Camp hosts must provide their own trailer or RV, and pass a background check. More info about the park can be found at http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=618.  Email Jean.Rhyne@parks.ca.gov for questions or to receive an application packet.



 


Support Saddleback Butte State Park
On 2012, the State of California  targeted Saddleback Butte State Park for closure. Upon hearing this news, a group of local citizen banded together to Save Saddleback Butte State Park. Over $46,000 was raised to keep the park open. The park is now "officially" saved but the committee continues its efforts as the Support Saddleback Committee. 
Since the committee was formed, campground sites have been enlarged to support larger RVs, the water system was repaired, and the visitor center has been enhanced with more improvements to come.

You can help the effort by giving your tax deductible donation to "Support Saddleback" through the non-profit Poppy Reserve/Mojave Desert Interpretive Association (PRMDIA)  P.O. Box 1408, Lancaster, CA 93584.

You can also donate to the Support Saddleback Fund via PAYPAL by clicking the DONATE button to the right


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