|Teddy Bear Cholla|
|First Sighting of Lamb this Year|
|Climbing the First Dry Fall|
Cylindropuntia bigelovii has a soft appearance due to its solid mass of very formidable spines that completely cover the stems, leading to its sardonic nickname of "teddy bear" or "jumping teddy bear".
The teddy-bear cholla is an erect plant, 1 to 5 feet tall with a distinct trunk. The branches or lobes are at the top of the trunk and are nearly horizontal. Lower branches typically fall off, and the trunk darkens with age. The silvery-white spines, which are actually a form of leaf, almost completely obscure the stem with a fuzzy-looking, but impenetrable, defense. The spines are 1 inch long and are covered with a detachable, paper-like sheath.
|First Dry Fall|
|Second Dry Fall with Rabbit Hole|
|Bacon Vein in Seven Falls Canyon|
|Climbing small fall in Seven Falls Canyon|
Desert pack rats such as the desert woodrat gather these balls around their burrows, creating a defense against most predators like kit fox and coyote, however several species of snake feed on the rat keeping its population balanced.
The cactus wren can be found perched on the cholla and other cacti. They also use a variety of cacti for nesting purposes.
|Fourth Dry Fall|
|Fifth Dry Fall Go Around|
|John finishes the Go Around|
|Sixth Dry Fall|
|Reaching the Saddle - Lake Mead in Background|
|Descent off Saddle|
|Healthy Cholla Forest|
|Taking our Break at Cholla Forest|
|First Dry Fall on Descent|
|Eight Eyes are Watching - Maybe More!|
|Following the Trail to Bacon Canyon|
|Top of Bacon Canyon|
|Descending Bacon Canyon|
|Yes, Max! We're going down here!|
|Seventeen Hikers in Bacon Canyon Descent|
|I think rigor mortis has set in. Just a guess.|
6.2 miles; 1350 feet elevation gain; 4.25 hours; average speed 1.4 mph
|One of many Small Falls in Bacon Canyon|
|Down and to the Right!|
|Final Descent through the Bacon|