I figured that for hike #7 (the final of our video series) we deserved a picnic! So I called my friends Jennifer and Christophe at Clementine Gourmet Marketplace and Cafe and asked them to surprise me with something delicious. Before heading out I stopped by their beautiful business and grabbed what may quite possibly be the most elegantly and thoughtfully prepared picnic basket there ever was!
Now to the hike. This 4,760 acre preserve owned by the Wildlands Conservancy, is located in the transition zone between the Sonoran and Mojave deserts.The flora and fauna represents both deserts. Here you will enjoy wetlands along with beautiful eroding painted hills, dry desert and a perennial stream.
Several animals roam these parts, deer, bear, bighorn sheep and mountain lions. In the spring, there is typically an explosion of wildflowers. It was a warm fall day when we set out…no water(which is really rare) and not many wildflowers this time of year. The creosote, which is one of my favorite desert plants, looked lush and was full of fluffy seed pods.
There is a stone house at the end of the main trail with picnic tables inside. For those with a desire for more adventure, the main trail leads on to the Pacific Crest Trail.
No, it’s not just a mirage, make sure to stop and check out the remains of an old pool and fireplace, still standing from when the preserve was an old dude ranch for celebrities looking to escape the limelight.
Near the parking area there are more picnic opportunities in rustic stone shade structures. Now for the moment I’ve been waiting for…Thank you once again to the fine folks at Clementine for packing our delicious picnic! Let’s eat…
Of note: 3.5 miles easy, time about 2 hours