Photos taken in the Anza-Borrego desert in March 2006.
This hike followed an unusual path to the top of Pyramid Peak. We started up Smoke Tree Canyon. While still south of the Natural Rock Tanks, we turned right and headed up a spur. We staggered up this and hit the main ridge north of peak 2909. We turned north and stumbled up to the top of Pyramid Peak. After visiting the peak, we followed the main ridge back south before leaving it to follow a spur back down to the bottom of Smoke Tree Canyon just north of the Natural Rock Tanks. We tripped and danced through a stand of cholla to reach the bottom of the canyon. This let us downclimb the dry waterfalls in the canyon on the trip back out to the cars.
The climb was about 2500 feet and a round trip of over 9 miles.
I should point out that many of the hikers marched smartly rather than struggled and staggered. Those refer to me.
|Liz at the summit of Pyramid Peak in an excellent Anza-Borrego Park hat.|
|How the previous photo was obtained|
|Our fearless leaders|
|Almost back in Smoke Tree Canyon. Not a trail in sight.|
|Ocotillo briefly sprouts leaves after the spring rains (such as they are)|