Joshua Tree National ParkLocate the trailhead.
Hidden valley once served as a natural corral, according to the signs. The rocks completely surrounded the area and dynamite was used originally to open up a route to the inside. Now it is absolutely crawling with rock climbers. The inside serves as a nature trail with many informative signs telling much basic information about the flora and fauna of the area.
|There was even some information here and there about today's most prevalent fauna, the weekend rock climber.|
|Some more climbers finding their way up a rock wall.|
|Another cholla cactus, this one with a bit of green down under the needles.|
|A closeup of another cholla cactus that also is looking very healthy.|
|Trees were growing in very odd places. They're different on the south side as the north and grow toward the rocks that gather what water is in the air at night.|
|The ordinary sorts of yucca, like these with their dried flower stalks, also grow among the Joshua trees.|
|Close up of the yucca flowers, well dried.|
|Rocks about the opened up entrance (soon to be used as an exit).|
|More of the flora of the area, including a cactus.|
©2009,2010 Valerie Norton
Posted 6 February 2010