Saturday, April 13, 2019

Saddleback Butte State Park

  This little park is in the middle of nowhere and visitation is low. The trails that climb to the tops of Little Butte and Saddleback Butte are the main attractions.
  The campground has restrooms, a dump station and potable water. Most of the faucets are not threaded. The campsites have shade ramadas over the tables. The sites are not reservable which isn’t a problem. We stayed for three nights and had the campground almost all to ourselves. The road parallel to the campground goes to Edwards Airforce Base and is heavily traveled so it’s kind of noisy.

   The accessible campsite has a wide parking pad, a large “living " area, a table with an extended top, and is close to the restroom. The ground is hard packed dirt with some gravel and rolling is fairly easy. The 1/2 mile loop nature trail and  a portion of the Little Butte Trail are designated as accessible.The nature trail is paved for most of the loop except for one short section that’s rough gravel. We are puzzled by this as there does not seem to be a reason to leave it unpaved. The trail goes downhill so save energy for the push back up. The Little Butte Trail become loose sand very quickly and is not accessible. The visitor center is accessible but open on weekends only so we did not visit it. Park  34.6767, -117.8253

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