White Canyon Wilderness — Cliffs and Flowers

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!

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Did I mention flowers?

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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.

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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.

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3 Responses to White Canyon Wilderness — Cliffs and Flowers

  1. Debbie says:

    Wish we could have been there-great pictures!


  2. Joe O'Rourke says:

    The cholla picture makes you look like a newbie. Great pictures of the hike.


  3. carolyn says:

    These are super. I love the 1 innocent little yellow flower and the bee. Those are the best. Hope your are is okay. Hugs.


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