Saturday, December 5, 2015

Joshua Tree National Park: Hidden Valley

A hundred years ago, the Mojave and particularly Hidden Valley received a good bit more precipitation than now, enough to support tall grasses and a fledgling cattle industry. The Valley was first used by rustlers, story goes, then by the Keys family, who ranched in the area until the 1950s. These days, it is the domain chiefly of tourists and rock climbers. Toward the end of our long day, we did the hike around Hidden Valley, enjoying, close-up, ever more of the fabulous monzogranite rock heaps and piles. I'll just let the pix take over...

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