Saturday, May 9, 2009

Calico Tanks - 5/9/09

Today, thirteen hikers set out for a hot hike up to the main Calico tank.

On the way, someone had built a major cairn on the side of the trail. As people passed, rocks were added.

There was no water on the trail as we trudged through sand and climbed sandy rocks. Steps that had been built years ago, made the going easier.

Above, you see some of the club members negotiating the log apparatus. Trust me! There is a log under their feet!

There were flowers around. Among them, there was the desert sage which you can see to the left. Other flowers which are blooming at this time are desert marigolds, penstemons, globemallow and prickly pear cactus.

The main tank is extremely low on water. (How low is it?) The water is so low in the main tank that you can hike right through the hole to arrive at the other side for snacks and views without getting your feet wet.

The hike is only about 2.5 miles with little elevation gain.

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