Monday, January 29, 2018

La Quinta CA January 29, 2018 Date with the Desert

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.   


After a full day it's back to the drawing board to set up tomorrow's date.  There are so many available it is hard to choose.  From my experience already, you can't go wrong any which way you go.  


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