George found another good one! Today he led us on about an 8-mile trip, with about 1,000 feet of accumulated elevation gain.
We’ve hiked nearby before, but a different route down a rather narrow canyon. This route stayed out in more open country, largely high in the talus slopes of a series of mesa “headlands”.
There were two dominant themes to this trek — spectacular “layer cake” cliffs and buttes, and fresh spring flowers. We’re reaping the benefit of the generous rainfall over the past few months, and seeing the early promise of a very colorful spring bloom.
First, the cliffs. Everytime we passed the headlands of one mesa, it seemed the another rose ahead of us!
Did I mention flowers?
When we stopped for lunch I was searching for a soft boulder to rest my weary bones and had a Close Encounter of the Cholla Kind. Thanks to Jerry and Gary with a comb and pliers, and no lasting damage was done to my arm or camera bag.
This was an “in-and-out” hike, so our return route was over the same track as we went in.
Class this as a moderate hike, some elevation but nothing steep, and lots of “visuals”. I’ll go again.