We stopped to let this rattlesnake cross the road safely to the other side.
Sierra Madre Road.
Sweetwater Trail begins at the Salisbury Potrero.
San Rafael Wilderness boundary.
The first half of the trail follows the rolling terrain, a small section of trail can be seen above Rik's head. It peaks at the distant knoll. San Rafael Mountain is the highpoint at the left of the photo.
In days past, cowboys stopped at this half way point, the "Smoking Rocks", to roll and smoke cigarettes so as to not start fires while riding the trail.
Rock art. Pinyon trees and rock caves offer the only shade on the trail at the "Smoking Rocks".
The SouthFork River drainage.
With no water resources on the trail, Rik takes a much needed water break.
The trail drops steeply to the Sisquoc River in the last 2 miles.
Sisquoc River and the trail to SouthFork.
Trail sign at Sisquoc River.
Crossing the Sisquoc River before SouthFork.
Reading the SouthFork register entries.
Sleeping system: Montbell's UL Super Spiral Down Hugger bag and 90 Pad; Gossamer Gear's RikSak (pillow) 3/8" Thinlight insulation pad, and polypro ground cloth.
An infestation of caterpillars are destroying alders along the Sisquoc River.
Viewing the San Rafael and Hurricane Deck ranges in the early morning sun.
Hiking back up the trail.
Rik signs the Sweetwater trailhead register before we head home.