|I got home from my hike with my dad today, and stumbled upon one of the photos on this website! I was stunned to see that he had snapped a picture in almost the same EXACT location! |
Anyway, the area is suuuuper dry back there. We made it to the "Leaving Public Land" signs at the road, just a little further than Horse Shoe Bend, and then went back for lunch at the picnic tables there.
There is no water at the swimming hole by Horse Shoe, and the creek is super dry except for a few places where the water is stagnant and dirty. Namely, Cold water. A trickle exists to feed into the pool here, but the water is still too gross for our liking, so we pressed on.
Lots of bugs by any water source, tadpoles & mosquito larvae abound. Saw three deer, many tiny lizards and butterflies, two foxes, a rattle snake, hawks, and an eagle.
The trail is more thickly overgrown with dry brush than I have ever seen it & there are stickers everywhere. It was very hot today, but given the Rey fire, the air quality was not poor until late afternoon.
A few places exist where it may be difficult to follow the trail, especially in several of the dry creek crossings.
The Yucca is all dry, and there have obviously been horses in the area recently.
Bring LOTS of water if attempting this hike in the summer and be sure to wear good shoes, bring sunscreen and bug spray.