Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Palm Canyon Hike

The signature hike at Anza Borrego is the 3 mile hike to Palm Canyon. This is a hike I do every time I visit since it is easy and convenient to the town/campground. The trail follows a creek (usually dry) until you approach the palm grove where water suddenly bubbles up from a spring.

A grove of about 50 native California Fan Palms are huddled at the end of the canyon. Before the devastating 2004 flash flood, the palm grove numbered over 300. Signs of new growth abound so the future outlook for the grove appears promising.

We run into Dennis at the trail-head

Trail meanders up-hill along the dry creek bed toward the palm grove

Suddenly water appears and quickly disappears into the desert

Jaws! - stark evidence of the 2004 flash flood

Nearing the main grove

Small waterfall below the grove

Remembering Patti - standing where she once stood

Mike standing in the middle of the shady grove

Great views of the valley from the high-trail

View of Borrego Springs from the high trail

Zooming in on Fonts Point lying across the valley

Taking a break on a natural rock bench

Evening view of Rabbit Ridge (far ridge) and Coyote Peak ridge (middle foreground)

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