SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS-
The San Jacinto Range in this area of Palm Springs ranges to 10 thousand feet and the hiking can be fraught with switch backs and a slippery, shale like rock footing.
The day provided a bit of cloud cover, giving us a break from the direct sun, though it was in the 80's and warm.
The trail provided great vistas.
A party hiking down reported seeing rattle snakes on the trail
that put hiking companions Norma Jean, Linda and Lana on alert
the trail provided views of the valley
the warmth and the upward climb gave us reason for pauses and hydration
I thought the mountains and the trail were deceptive.
From a distance they looked less challenging
but the trail returned our effort with great rock formations and views
and the climb down gave us more exercise.
it gets warm on trail and the warm rocks provide sunning places for the rattlesnakes
So the trail gave us reason to pay close attention-
for potential snakes and for sure footing.
Plus the views were the payoff
See you down the trail.