Our hike was only 1 mile in but it took us 3 hours as we like to stop, look and take pictures of things along the way. That is such a fun part of any hike. Todays` high will be about 95 degrees. We will have to stop hiking in the desert soon as it reaches 100 very early in the day. Too hot for me .....
Hiking buddies.....(Left to right) David (husband) me ....Frannie(friend) and Rick (a friend not married to Frannie but married to my friend Tina)
This short hike is wheelcahir accessible to a certain point. Users can see all the petroglyphs and many other things. Getting to the cave is not possible for some.
There are wonderful benches with shade that were donated along the way . These were such a great resting place for getting out of the sun or just enjoying the view.
At the entrace of the trailhead are nice bathrooms with flushable toilets as well as drinking fountains.
We did see alot of cactus in bloom . Here is a barrel cactus in bloom with a cactus wren sitting on top. The cactus wren is our state bird. As usual, the males are much prettier than the females.
There were lots of petroglyphs along the trail. I was amazed that there were so many all in one area. I have only showed you a few.
I love old dead wood
March is really the best time to see alot of color on the desert. Right after our rains in Janurary and February. These pictures are just a few that were on the plants but not in full bloom.
Just through here is what we came to see. ....The Waterfall Canyon
It really was a pretty little canyon and was worth the hike. There was a ranger posted there and he gave us lots of history on the cave as well as answered any questions we had. This water will all be dried up within a few more weeks .
We had some visitors while we ate lunch. We fed the ground squirrel corn nuts, apple and strawberries.
This was my lunch...(just kidding) I borrowed the candy bar from Rick because it made a pretty picture. Lots of shaded ramadas are placed throughout the park. You can reserve them if you want a large family picnic or other events. There is a fee charged depending on how many tables you will need. 4 tables will cost $30 for 4 hours and $8 for each hour after that. Some have a playground for the younger kids (that would be me as I love playing on swings.)
It was a beautiful day and lots of fun. We will go back in a few weeks for another hike on the Black Rock Trail. This one will be a guided tour by one of the rangers .
Next week we are going to the Botanical Garden and see the butterfly exhibit.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed our hike as much as we did.