Today's date is with Big Morongo Canyon Preserve in San Bernardino County and this Preserve transitions from the Mojave to the Sonoran deserts. With another hot day forecasted, I went for the early start heading down I-10 to 62 to Yucca Valley. I arrived at the parking lot and oh how pretty it was.
With a plan in place I headed counterclockwise and hit the Desert Willow Trail first. I knew right away this was going to be a great scenery day with the way the clouds were shaping up and the sky being that desert shade of blue.
After crossing a bridge I veered left and began the gentle climb up to Yucca Ridge Trail where I could see forever. I could see Morongo Valley down below and I could see San Gorgonio Peak off in the distance. That Peak stood out all day yesterday. Now I could also see the San Bernardino Mountains around me.
After descending off the Ridge I was not near ready to go for the Loop so descended down then down again then down a little more into the Big Morongo Canyon itself.
It was very pretty down here and peaceful. I did pay attention to the fact I would need to be climbing back up out of here. I gave myself a turn around distance and carried on a bit further.
My gps said it was time to turn back so I obeyed and took my time with the climb. I kept looking back down into the canyon to see all the colours and layers of mountains.
Once up out of the canyon I now went for the loop which began with the West Canyon Trail, Mesquite Trail and finally the Marsh Trail.
I passed back through the fence then found a picnic table in the shade to relax a bit and have a light lunch before driving back to La Quinta.
The area where my home away from home is located is quite pretty. It is a couple of minutes of walking to a local market and to a park. The avenidas are colourful and clean and manicured.