Started at 10:50am with an almost full parking lot. 24th Street had cars lined on the side so it must have been a busy morning. I was immediately passed by eight groups. Some of which looked on the tired side. Going up it was 85 degrees with a nice brisk breeze.
Brittle Bush in the lower portions is on it's final stage of brittle before turning to dust Creosote Bush in the lower portions are now void of flowers but the white fuzzy seed pods remain intact. The robust spring harvest has provided a good foundation for the rock dwellers. Lizards of all types are out in full force. Chipmunk squirrels examine their ever changing environment as the season turns to round one of summer. Ocotillo blooms are the splash of life in the preserves now. Witnessed a fair amount of flat top buckwheat. It appears more sun-stroked than ridge protected specimens I've seen in the Superstition Wilderness.
I opted for a lasso loop through Hidden Valley. I now have a better idea what the chest high vegetation is between the two slides. It's anderson thornbush and bursage/ragweed with it's distinctive burs.
Chatted with a tanned guy that looked like Greg Brady on steroids. He was concerned with directions although he was really in no trouble. There was a couple groups of skilled mountain bikers. All and all a very good hike considering it ended at 90 degrees. I would have planned for a longer loop had I know there was going to be such a nice breeze.