On our way from Vegas to Anaheim we stopped for a 4 mile hike not far off I-15 in the Mojave. Teutonia Peak trail has the densest known concentration of Joshua Trees, plus a wide array of other yuccas and cacti. Saw a few birds too. No tortoises though. Well worth the time.
We took a break from hiking (82 miles in the prior 7 days) and explored St. George Utah and saw a movie yesterday (Chappaquiddick). The highlight was visiting the amazing city park Red Hills Desert Garden, full of not just desert plants but some nice birdwatching as well.
Today we return to Zion to hike the Kolob Canyon region. We leave Utah tomorrow.
Here are a few shots that give a glimpse into the climb up to Angels Landing.
We covered about 15 miles early yesterday morning, starting with a private shuttle drop at the East entrance and finishing at Observation Point. It took us about 4 hours to cover the first 11 miles, a decent place for us but more reflective of the gentle nature of the east rim trail than our abilities.
The climb to Observation Point is a BEAST but well worth it. Today we do Angel’s Landing then move on to St. George tomorrow. We still have a bit of Zion exploring to do this weekend in the Kolob Canyon area.