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Bloated Chipmunk
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PostMon May 19, 2014 4:18 pm 
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After a hot, windy week full of fires & chaos, things finally cooled down a bit & pleasant hiking conditions returned.  smile.gif MM & I came back to an area we'd been to twice before, but just to the west @ Beauty Pk.  This time we came to tackle Beauty's eastern neighbor, Iron Spring Mtn.  The 1st part of the route is the same -- follow an old rd. that leads to a ducked trail that leads you to a drainage you follow up & over a saddle to a berm w/a rd. on top.  But instead of going right for Beauty Pk., one turns left for Iron Spring Mtn. & picks up a path heading east for the peak.

The route hadn't changed much, other than the fact that it seemed to have more ducks.  Someone would've been hard pressed to get lost.  lol.gif


Trailhead
Trailhead

More plants were blooming than I expected.  & once again we saw a horny toad.  Same one?  wub.gif


Purple blooms
Purple blooms
Flowery bush
Flowery bush
Headin' up the old rd.
Headin' up the old rd.
Horned lizard
Horned lizard
Horned lizard
Horned lizard

We aimed for the drainage, taking the most direct path as there are a couple that exist before it drops down.  Minus a well-intentioned but ill-fated attempt to show me his "bypass", MM & I had smooth sailing up the wash. 


Heading toward that drainage
Heading toward that drainage
Looking back toward the TH
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Looking back toward the TH
Beavertail bloom
Beavertail bloom
Beavertail bloom
Beavertail bloom
Orange blooms
Orange blooms
Ducked wash
Ducked wash
MM coming up the wash
MM coming up the wash
Blooms
Blooms
Upper part of the wash
Upper part of the wash
Hills below Iron Spring Mtn.
Hills below Iron Spring Mtn.

We reached the berm & turned left on the rd., looking carefully for the path that would lead us toward the summit...not sure how overgrown it might be since the last report I read.  Soon we came across a well-marked junction.  up.gif


Start of trail that goes left off of the rd.
Start of trail that goes left off of the rd.

The trail was in good shape & only required minimal clipping.  It made its way up/over/around some false summits, steeply @ times, & then only near the end did the trailbuilder get a little lazy in his/her work.  After carefully negotiating some poison oak & other small obstacles, we got to the top.  cool.gif


Summit in the middle area
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Summit in the middle area
Beavertail bloom
Beavertail bloom
Looking over @ Beauty Pk.
Looking over @ Beauty Pk.
Trail heads up/around that middle bump
Trail heads up/around that middle bump
Cahuilla Mtn.
Cahuilla Mtn.
Beauty Pk.
Beauty Pk.
Prickly pear bloom
Prickly pear bloom
Beavertail bloom
Beavertail bloom
Blooming yucca
Blooming yucca
Summit in that direction
Summit in that direction
Glider
Glider
Glider
Glider

Summit:


Summit register dates back to 1982.  Almost 32 yrs. later & still no beer.
Summit register dates back to 1982.  Almost 32 yrs. later & still no beer.
How pathetic
How pathetic
View SW
View SW
View west to Tule Pk.
View west to Tule Pk.
View NW to Cahuilla Mtn.
View NW to Cahuilla Mtn.
View north to San Jacinto
View north to San Jacinto
View NE to Santa Rosa Mtn. & Toro Pk.
View NE to Santa Rosa Mtn. & Toro Pk.
View SE to Combs & Hot Springs Mtn.
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View SE to Combs & Hot Springs Mtn.
View south
View south
MM & BC on summit of Iron Spring Mtn.
MM & BC on summit of Iron Spring Mtn.
Bye-bye summit!
Bye-bye summit!

For the route down, we made one change by doing a bypass of the berm rd., shaving off an unnecessary mile where the route normally parallels itself & doesn't make much sense for anyone using the north trailhead.  wink.gif


New trail
New trail
Start of the new trail that branches off toward Iron Spring Mtn., bypassing the berm rd.
Start of the new trail that branches off toward Iron Spring Mtn., bypassing the berm rd.

Like dumbasses we, for the 3rd time, somehow got a little off track when trying to follow the transition from trail to road as the route nears the car.  Something about this crucial junction is clear when heading up in the morning, but very indistinguishable when heading out in fading light.  doh.gif  Oh well, next time...if there is one.  lol.gif

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"Peaks that have come and gone four times should halt a man in his steps." -- William O. Douglas

A balanced diet is a margarita in each hand.
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PostMon May 19, 2014 7:12 pm 
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cool.
nice flowers! wink.gif

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PostMon May 19, 2014 7:59 pm 
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Thanks for the cactus hike! up.gif
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PostMon May 19, 2014 9:29 pm 
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Yeah life crippling depression is so pathetic
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