Sunday, April 21, 2013
Hike 2013.019A -- Keys View, Joshua Tree National Park
This one doesn't count as a hike by itself, since it's only about 1/2 mile - 3/4 mile roundtrip. However, it, along with the little Bajada Nature Trail, were enough to add to my other structured hikes of the day to make me feel I did six miles for the day, or two separate "hikes," total. That's my arbitrary 3-mile rule for a hike to count towards my annual total.
Keys View itself is pretty much a drive-up, with a concrete walkway to take you to the overlook.
After walking around the overlook, I then hiked up a use trail to the rise just north of Keys View. It's definitely quieter here.
Sad to see evidence of a somewhat recent fire here. It's distressing how much of the Mojave you see evidence of wildfires, which didn't used to happen.
Snapped a few shots there before others came up the use trail, and my private revelry ended.
After this, I drove on down to a flat area and planned to set up my telescope. However, I inadvertently left a vital part of my mount at home, so I did no astronomy on this day.
Thankfully, the many hikes of the day made the trip worthwhile, even without any telescope observing