Desert Calico, Loeseliastrum matthewsii, in Short Canyon. That's a 22 casing in the photo to show size. Very tiny plant, one blossom.
Purple mat, Nama demissum A. Gray var. demissum. The name is bigger than the plant!
The next three days were spent exploring the BLM's Jawbone-Butterbredt Area of Critical Environmental Concern, mostly on dirt roads. I drove up Sage Canyon a few miles, hiked a few miles more, then drove a long way up Horse Canyon and camped there. The next day, I drove the dirt road up and over Bird Spring Pass on SC120 (photos below), then pavement through Sageland and Kelso Valley, dirt on 589 up and over and down and around and...to Jawbone Canyon Open Area, where I camped. Until the last few hours of this midweek trip, I had seen fewer than 5 other vehicles. Timing is everything if you like solitude. BTW, if you go here, take your own water and plan to haul out all of your trash.
More info, and maps to buy (I did and it was worth it) at this link. At Jawbone Station, the Friends of Jawbone also have a nice bookstore and a very helpful staff. http://www.jawbone.org/foj/
Along SC120 heading toward Bird Spring. Good wide dirt road, 2WD, all the way to the Pacific Crest Trail crossing at the summit.
The narrow shelf road going down toward Sageland. Not for the faint of heart, although you can look down and see if anyone is coming up. Good thing, because there is almost no place to pass on this road.
Butterbredt Spring Wildlife Sanctuary. A magical place with habitat for many kinds of birds and other animals. Trees, a stream, a little wetland, big rocks. Directions are toward the bottom of this linked page: http://kern.audubon.org/birding.htm
Blue Point, Jawbone Canyon, looking down from road 589. Color is from copper.
A piece of the rock from Blue Point, found near my camp.
Tiger camped at Jawbone Open Area, right at the fenceline. Camp area #7 on SC176. No facilities except a vault toilet a half mile down the road.
Typical campground, with perimeter fence, shaded picnic tables, a vault toilet. No water, no showers, or no dump station.
Road through Hungry Valley SVRA. Only street legal vehicles are allowed on this road.
I camped at Los Alamos campground, affiliated with Pyramid Lake. $20 a night, reservable, senior pass not honored. Nice view of the valley, and a good place to stage for the last night of a trip home to south of San Diego. http://campone.com/campsites/pyramid-lake-ca/
The highlights of my weekend: two hikes with the Tejon Ranch Conservancy. Free, reserve online in advance. Get on their mailing list to be notified about hikes, or visit the web page linked below. These hikes fill quickly. They are the only way to see this very special area, over 400 square miles of nearly pristine California. http://www.tejonconservancy.org/events/index.html
What a great report there Tiger. You must be taking online "professional trip report classes" and passed with flying colors. Good pictures, links, info and I'm sure more than a little fun also. Thanks mucho...
Thanks for posting. Nice report.
We have a picture of the wire and self grinning amongst the Trona Pinnacles National Natural Area.
Your pictures and report are so nice that our picture wouldn't help at all. Believe me.
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