|First 3: hiking the northern flank of Tortugas Mountain|
I left Willow behind with Frio because it's not fair to either dog to leave the other out, and, also, Frio feels better when his sister is with him. I hate to hike without them, but it is what it is.
I parked the Jeep Commander on the Sunset side of Tortugas Mountain where I've parked so often in the past and trekked up the road to the parking lot. From there I took the steep trail up to the loop trail that crosses the mountain's northern flank, turned around and followed the high trail along the western flank, descended to the trail that leads back to the lower parking area and my waiting Jeep. It was rather chilly while I was out there, but sunny.
|Next 4: Torrey Yuccas along the flank trail|
|Sun over the mountain|
|Torrey Yucca on the way back|
|This & next: in the shadow of the mountain|
|This & next: from the flank trail|
|This & next: Strawberry Hedgehog and yuccas on the slope|
|This & next: Strawberry Hedgehog on the west slope|
|Small Barrel Cactus and creosote|