Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lone Palm - 2/12/09

This is a wonderful hike as it contains all types of challenges. We began the hike with 12 hikers and ended with 13 as one amazing club member caught up with the group when they were about halfway back on the loop!

We hiked down to the river on a trail that went mostly through a rugged wash. The highlight of the hike occurred during this portion when we saw a large group of 10 female big horn sheep lounging not far up the hill from where we were hiking. After observing the family for a few minutes, we continued to the place pictured above where we sat and had a snack. The return portion of the loop climbed up and down steep slippery slopes and included a mucho fun 30 foot dry waterfall. The last 1 to 2 miles was by way of a sandy wash which led almost all the way back to the cars with a little "bushwacking" to end the hike. There were many newbies to the hike and it was enjoyed tremendously by all!

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