Early autumn in the high mountain desert near Big Bear Lake, CA. It was early autumn, the cacti had bloomed, dried and fallen to the pebbly ground. Many other wild flowers, late bloomers, were still in full display.
The trail-head is difficult to find. The only marker is a very small government sign on a post partially covered by tree branches. The road’s name has been changed, and GPS will not get you there. The best way to find it is to know it’s just before the garbage dump, really, on the left as you drive toward the dump on the narrow road. I highly recommend this hike as it has beautiful views, a plethora of lush plant life, small creatures, and the colors and textures are intoxicating.