During my current sabbatical I have become better acquainted with the desert around my home town of Apple Valley. Here are some photos of a few local spots.
I enjoyed bringing my nephew along for a hike here. In this landscape you can see many awesome rocks that can be found throughout desert. In the background you'll see the highest point of the pinnacles. The trail ends about half-way up the pile of rocks in the background where you get to do a little scrambling, which is perfect for 10-year-olds and 34 year-olds alike.
Below are just a few photos of several recent hikes I've taken from the Bonita Vista Trailhead of Juniper Flats in Apple Valley. Juniper Flats is another area in the transition region between the San Bernardino Mountains and the Mojave Desert. I recommend checking out the Friends of Juniper Flats blog for more information. From the sounds of it, we can look forward to better trails in the years to come!
There are some nice, family-friendly walks at Horsemen's Center Park. But I took to the more challenging terrain despite my near-inability to climb things. The scratches and scenery made the endeavor worthwhile. I looked at some climbing websites which indicate there are quite a few routes here. The most I've done is repelling as a Boy Scout.
I found one Google review of Sidewinder Mountain which piqued my interest. According to topographic maps, the mountain appears to be the tallest between the Apple and Lucerne Valleys. There are now two google reviews for the mountain!
More to come...
I plan to show some more desert photos from Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico in subsequent posts. You may also be interested in checking out my Sawtooth Canyon post from a while back!