Man this hike was brutal for me. Not only was it hot, but we were swarmed by gnats the entire time. I was so glad to get back to the trailhead and climb into the air conditioned bug-free vehicle! Its quite a climb up to Quartz, the peak is unmistakeable, its the only white one in the range. Its definitely a trip I wanted to do, and Im glad I did. I just know it would be so much nicer in the winter. Thanks to Stiller for driving, and to everyone who went.
Only notable fauna I encountered was a Speckled Rattlesnake below the peak, actually the first time I've seen a Speck while hiking.
A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.