The Desert TJ at the trailhead
There was some nice grass under some of the trees.
Pinyon Pine at the top of the first climb
The trail goes across this valley and then climbs the hill to the right
A typical part of the trail, lots of rocks but easy to follow
The second valley along the trail
By now there are LOTS of Pinyon Pine trees
The sign is still on top. Someone even nailed it back together.
My campsite is back in the trees to the left
TYpical of the Pinyon Pines on the summit
Camped here before, on the summit
Looking northeast into Harper Flat and on to the Salton Sea as the sun is setting behind me
Sunset 3, through the branches of Pinyon Pines
Some of my gear
Had chicken tacos for dinner, DELICIOUS!
My bed. It was very windy but I was under the trees and behind the boulders so I was safe for the most part.
Vew of Cuyamaca Peak to the west.
This valley is to the west of Whale Peak and is a new part of Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Hope to visit there soon.
Pinyon Pine on the summit
Desert floor throught the branches
More Pinyon Pines on top
These trail markers led to the top.
And so did these
Not all the PInyon Pines are doing well
Looking down Smuggler Canyon. The trail from the pictographs in Blair Valley comes up this canyon, meets the trail I hiked, and goes on the the summit.
Another DEAD Pinyon Pine
Mt. San Jacinto and a nice Pinyon Pine at the place where the trail drops down to the first valley. Only about 15 minutes to the jeep from here.