In my case, since I was using a California State Parks Foundation voucher, I placed both the envelope stub and my voucher stub on my dash, just to be safe.
Also near the trailhead is a sign showing it's 1.6 miles to Saddleback Butte Peak, which makes this 3.2 miles, roundtrip. That's kind of a short hike for the drive involved, but the hike itself was just an intermission on the trip to see wildflowers.
Other flowers I saw included Mojave pincushion and Mojave evening primrose. Also, white tidy tips, and exactly ONE Mojave lupine.
The flower in the next picture, I could not identify. It looks pretty typical, but my books and fold-outs for Mojave wildflowers does not seem to contain that one.
Several other buttes (volcanic intrusions) are around you, as well. And, because this is a short hike, if you have a pair of binoculars or a long telephoto lens, you can see your car from here, too. :D
I also got to enjoy the first quarter moon, which I first saw on my approach, and was much higher in the sky by the time I got to the saddle.
The few days before this hike had been pretty busy. I had a large astronomy outreach event at a local private school (not alone, but there were LOT of folks coming to look). And Saturday nearest the first quarter moon is my regular sidewalk astronomy night in Monrovia. I was so beat from my Friday night even that I was late and slow coming to join my Old Town Sidewalk Astronomy friends in Monrovia. And I was still tired on Sunday, which partially explains the late start for this hike, too.
Spring 2010 visit to Amboy Crater.
But that year was a wet year, and I was less surprised by the color riot. This year had been so dry I was pretty much resigned to another unimpressive wildflower season in the local deserts. That made Saddleback Butte a total surprise.
I intended to get it posted quicker, in case folks wanted to make their own trip out there this spring. Once I looked at my collection of pictures and realized how long it would take to go through them, I knew posting would take a while. Didn't think it would take over a week, but, with my work schedule, that's not unusual. That's pretty much why I went and posted the link to the KCET story about the bloom.