Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hiking Ryan Mountain - Joshia Tree

We hiked the Ryan Mountain that was a 3 mile roundtrip and 1,070 feet elevation gain. The trailhead starts off with stone steps, so it made it a lot easier to climb without slipping. The path was steep and rocky in some sections and other areas had flat surroundings. Near the top of Ryan Mountain were scattered yucca and small bushes. When we reached the top we saw great panorama views of Lost Horse Valley, The Wonderland of Rocks, Queen Valley and in the far distance the snow covered peak of Mount San Jacinto.

We rated this hike as moderate due to it's short length coupled with the 1,070 feet climb. The mountain was named after the Ryan brothers who once owned the Lost Horse Mine.

We finished our day at Joshia Tree by taking a short nature walk. The loop that we selected was at Cap Rock and was only .3 miles long.

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