|Approaching the state park|
|Near the "alternate" trailhead|
|Along the alternate trail|
|A few wore tracking collars|
|Taking a break|
|.....for a photo op|
After about a mile and a half of climbing and scrambling we spotted the palm oasis a half mile or so up ahead.
|California fan palm grove|
|The skirt of palm fronds protects from water loss|
|Flash flood destruction|
|Huge boulders wash down from above|
All desert life revolves around water.
|Waterfall and pool|
We returned much later in the afternoon to our off-road desert site after a full day enjoying $7 well-spent. Our neighbors invited us over for a very happy hour and the full moon provided a spectacular light show!
|Full moon rising|