Thursday, June 03, 2010

Black Rock Canyon Hike - Joshia Tree, CA

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While temperatures soared to the triple digits in the low desert, we went to the high desert to beat the heat for our morning hike. We drove to Joshua Tree and hiked up Black Rock Canyon to the crest of the Little San Bernardino Mountains. It was an amazing twenty degrees cooler there then compared to Palm Desert.

At the beginning of our hike we got a little confused finding the trailhead to Black Rock Canyon. We eventually hiked across through amid dense scrub, cactus, Joshua Trees and some rocks before we found the sandy wash trail.

The Black Rock Canyon Trail took us straight to the Warren Peak-Panorama Loop and Burnt Hill Trail junction. We ended up hiking the complete Panorama Loop and back. It was a thousand feet elevation gain and nearly 8 miles round trip. This by far was one of the best cardiovascular hikes of the season for us.

I guess you know by now looking at my above video, we saw a rattlesnake sunbathing on a rock. In all our hiking, would you believe this is the first rattlesnake we actually saw? I had to laugh at Jim when he said to me, "He's not going to attack you!" Then he paused for a moment when the snake started to move and said, "I don't think!"

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