Saturday, August 9, 2014
Hike 2014.036 - San Gabriel Peak from Red Box Junction
On this day (now almost a month ago), yucca were still in bloom. Several large "candles" were right along the saddle, and you can see one I've photographed, both from below and from the side.
In addition to the flora, you'll also be able to see back over into the Los Angeles Basin from the saddle.
If it's clear, you'll see clear out over the ocean. if it's not, you may barely be able to see back to urbanization. Either way, you probably will be able to see a very clear dirt road that climbs along the face of the ridge below you, heading down towards Pasadena. I always want to know where that road starts so I can try another way up towards these mountains, but I'm not sure where it starts.
You'll see many dead and standing snags along the way. The Station Fire burned over this area very thoroughly. That's also why the poodle dog bush is so dense here (thought it was much denser a few years ago)-- It's one of those plants that recolonizes burned areas the earliest.
As noted at the top, this was hiked back in early July. I still have many old hikes to catch up on blogging.