Unfortunately Sarah had to leave early to make the long drive back to Arizona, but Trevor and I decided to stay and do another hike before we went back to LA. Our second hike was the nearby Ryan Mountain, which by my Colorado standards should be renamed Ryan Foothill. At any rate, the 1.5 mile hike up the mountain gave us AMAZING 360 degree views of Joshua Tree National Park. When we got up to the top, the sun was just setting and it was so beautiful! Enjoy.
I love Yucca! Apparently the Joshua Tree, which is distantly related to the Yucca plant, is primarily distinguished from the Yucca because it lacks these little wispy white fibers. Also… Joshua Trees are usually tree sized. But not, in fact, an actual tree.
No idea what these are. But they were all over the park! I was constantly getting hooked by all sorts of spiky plants. The worst of which, we learned, is called “cat’s claw.” Though Trevor and I both agreed it should be called “kitten’s claw” because our cats are somewhat more claw-conscious now that they’re older- a sharp contrast to their indiscriminate youthy clawings of the past.
One of the biggest downfalls of going to Joshua tree in late February was that there was still snow in some places, but a lot of mud in others. All the mud on the trails wasn’t a big deal until we were slip-sliding back down the mountain in the dark. Lucky we didn’t slide right off!
That’s all for Joshua Tree National Park! If you want recommendations of more J-Tree hikes, I highly recommend this hiking blog.