Saturday, July 23, 2016
Hike 2016.022 -- Mouth of Mill Creek Canyon and Oak Glen
the San Bernardino Mountains.
At the opening of most canyons coming out of the local mountains, you'll find plenty of evidence of occasional, torrential floods. Lots of big boulders, piled upon sandy or gravelly alluvial fans. This one was no exception. Still quite a lot of wildflowers, even though it was already getting late in the season. The yellow flowers that had attracted my attention, however, were past peak. I'll have to try coming back here some time in mid-April.
Returned to the car after wandering maybe 1 1/2 miles or so, all around the flood plain. Then got back to the car, and drove on up to Oak Glen.
Heading south from the lower pond, the wide trail takes you under some impressive oak boughs, which I also photograph pretty much every time I go by.
this post, from a fall trip.
Here's what some of those same places look like without clouds.
See what I mean? It's nice on a clear day, but it's magical with some clouds.
Oak Glen, in winter, here.
Late spring, here. And, a few weeks earlier, here.