• Matt Stewart

Safe Adventure: Antelope Valley & Lake Castaic

Updated: May 8, 2020

Inspired by my good friend Laura Eckstein's (@lauraecksteinjones) Instagram posts about her safe adventure to see the California Poppies earlier this week, I took a meandering trip to the Antelope Valley yesterday to have a look for myself. In true 'nothing to do and no time limit to do it in' fashion, I headed north on the backroads of the Angeles National Forest (, which led me through Hidden Springs and past Granite and Pacifico Mountains. When I arrived at Poppy-central two hours later, the currently closed, yet somehow still wildly popular Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (, was a bit congested with Selfie Seekers, so I had to drive a few miles before finding a spot to myself. When I did I was awed by the glory of these beautiful wildflowers that appear for just a few weeks each year. Tearing myself away from this fab flora, I headed to Lake Elizabeth, where I shut off my GPS and let instinct take over. I drove west along the north end of Lake Hughes before steering south on Lake Hughes Road. This took me on a 25+ mile journey full of scenic sites and empty view spots that skirt the eastern rim of Los Padres National Forest ( before ending at majestic Castaic Lake Reservoir ( It was nice to see L.A.'s drinking water so relaxed and refreshed.

#SafeAdventures #TheSmartSet #CaliforniaPoppies #AngelesNationalForest #LosPadresNationalForest #CastaicLake

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