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Joshua Tree, and Joshua Tree redux. March 12 and 18, 2006.

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006 by

Man, I went to Joshua Tree two weekends in a row, and didn’t take photos either time!
So, return of the hikes file! “we loves hikes.txt”


03.12.2006
Joshua Tree NP – used pass (up to 15$)
3 mi RT, 500′ elevation gain – Mastodon Peak from Cottonwood Spring

We were going to go sledding up on Mt San Jacinto, but the
tram line to get up there was for-ever. So we drove over to
J-tree instead. But we didn’t really have much water, and I
was starting to get ill, so we just did a really small little
out and back. Starting from the Cottonwood Spring, we went up
to Mastodon Peak. This is about 3mi RT, with about 500′ of
gain. the peak is at 3371′. Up there, I ended up randomly
talking to this scientist guy for a while. So that was kind
of interesting, and it was neat to be at the southern end of
the park for the first time.

Me, Kip, Glenn

03.18.2006
Joshua Tree NP – used pass

Lost Horse Mine/Mt – summit = 5278′

4.5 miles RT. This was fun. You just sort of head off
into the desert for a while, and then as you turn a
corner, you can sort of see some piece of equipment up on
a hill. As you get closer, it resolves itself into part
of what was the mining operation, a wooden piece of what
was a “stamping mill”. The trail itself passes by the
base of the hill that it is on, so you have to take a
spur up to it. As you get up further, it gets
progressively windier and windier. There is a fence
around the thing, so that you can’t fall in, I guess, or
damage yourself on the old equipment. There are also a
few stone foundation things, which is pretty cool. From
there, you can scramble to the top of the peak. There is
nominally a log book up there, I learned later, but we
didn’t see it. As it was amazingly windy up there, after
a quick look around at the view, we scooted our butts
back on down again. The view from any part of J-Tree
that is at all higher though, is pretty cool, because so
many of the rock formations are just direct upthrusts
from the very very flat ground around them, which makes
it all kind of look like a zen garden, with brushed rock
and sand around “islands” of stone.

.25 mi RT – Cholla Cactus Garden, flat

We decided to drive our way south through the park, and
we suddenly see this vast patch of cactus! Turns out it
is one of the larger patches of cholla cactus in the
park. The trail is a little marked walkthrough through
this zone. There are many many oh so many signs (like 3)
telling you please, really, seriously, honestly we mean
it now, don’t touch the cactus, it will make you very
sad.

me, erin, yak

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