Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Hike 2015.067 -- Sunset Ridge to Echo Mountain
Don't remember the conditions of this hike, other than that there were plenty of flowers blooming.
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Area in the spring time, of course. Nor, even like these same trails in the spring time. But, like many desert and semi-desert areas, there's a second season of growth, as you approach the fall. Also, some significant rainfall in July helped to prime things.
This was just a quick little dash into the foothills. While I usually park down near the Millard Canyon campground, this time, because the goal was Echo Mountain and I was somewhat limited on time, I decided to park up on the ridge.
Overall, this is quite similar in distance, and has the same end point as the Sam Merrill up to Echo Mountain. But this way is a whole lot less crowded, though with the trade off of more mountain bikes.
I took a number of hikes from Millard Campground in August and September, at least three of which I have yet to blog. Much work to do, yet.