We live in the high desert. Granite Hill is about a half mile from our house. Decided that instead of climbing stairs to nowhere on the StairMonster, I’d take Tippy up this hill. It’s a pretty steep hike, took us an hour to climb from bottom to top. Lots of switchbacks, but the overall change in elevation was about 700 feet.
Took some pics so I could share this hike.
It’s the high desert, so it’s not very pretty.
But it is not humid and it makes a great location for movies about other planets.
This is about a third of the way up. There is a small dot down there next to the highway on the dirt road.
That’s my car.
This is the stretch of the hike I really hate. Long and steep. But at the top of this part,
there is a fairly flat meadow that will have wildflowers and an amazing view.
Found a few flowers left. They bloom earlier in the spring. Not many still around in June.
Found this pile of weird looking coyote poop. As I bent over to take a pic, a butterfly landed on it. Gross and beautiful, I guess. If hubby (professional photographer) would have been with me, he would have taken an amazing picture.
Hard to see in the pic, but the large, brown mass at the top is a pile of rabbit turds. It was HUGE! How large is the rabbit that left that pile??
We are at the top. Sat on a boulder, drank some water, and enjoyed the view.
There was a lizard sunning himself on the top of that boulder. He didn’t move the whole time I was there. Altogether, I counted 9 lizards on this hike.
Tippy running ahead of me on the way back down. I guess I wasn’t moving fast enough. I don’t like going down this hill. I’m a chicken about loose dirt and rocks. Very cautious about rolling an ankle. The hike down should go faster than the hike up, but it doesn’t for me. I’m slow.
I don’t know if I’ll do this hike again anytime soon. A little steep. There are other trails close by that aren’t so intense. Might do those instead. Less chance of injury.