This was an unexpected pleasant surprise! Probably 3 out of 5 Hazopellies for most but the weather and light bumped this outing to a solid five banger.
Driving into the area for my first time I disappointedly found out my Garmin 400t bit the dust
With virtually no clue of where I was headed... it took an hour for me to figure out the trail starts from the school. Someday I'll start reading before heading out. With no printed directions and barely finding my way I now understand why people log hikes incorrectly under West Wing... West Wing is written on every friggen sign in the neighborhood...lol
Anyhow starting from the nice neighborhood and quite possibly the nicest school I've ever seen I was on my way. After passing Ward and June I had the place to myself for the next hour. Once outta the fence range this is a pretty cool place in my opinion. Albeit mostly dead now there was one heck of a bumper crop of wildflowers on these tiny mountains. It's still worth a visit as it's pretty dang lush by desert standards. This place BLOWS away Hedgepeth.
Right now the brittlebush is nodding to defeat while creosote is happy all around. With just over an hour of light I decided against the full loop. I did the middle one and then ended up heading southwest to some distant conglomerate (an old mine) thinking I was taking another way back. It became obvious I was headed to far south to connect with anything so I headed back. Sure enough I missed the "Difficult" return. The sign albeit pretty as a picture isn't very helpful with it's misleading arrows. Though I "kinda" figured since I was on a trail as opposed to a minidozer path oh so typical around the valley now. I passed some cool desert trumpet and even some desert lavender further up where I finally passed a father and his daughter. I just can't believe nobody was out here in this wonderful weather. I haven't a clue about the sunrises but the sunsets ROCK here!
Even in my crippled state, in tibber mode too, I could have done the full loop. I was back to the school at 7pm and there was at least another fifteen minutes of incredible light left in the day.