September 6, 2019, day 2
North Sheephead Spring to Juniper Gulch, ~16.9 miles, ~26.2 miles total
Gabriel’s Day 2 pictures are here.
Sharing a few pictures and videos that I took with my camera and didn’t have easy access to while we were on trail.
The ground stayed dry underneath our tent.
Morning near Sheephead Ridge. Storm cells ahead. As we packed up this morning we could see lightning flashes and bolts crackle toward the ground in the distant west.
The pungent scent of sage filled the morning – clean and promising.
Clouds scrape the tops of the Sheephead Ridge peaks (~4500-4900 feet elevation).
A sleepy snake encounter on the way down Painted Canyon’s wash. Probably a gopher snake.
Descending Painted Canyon.
Breakfast time under the rain umbrella.
Gabriel and his breakfast shelter.
Thistle in canyon.
Trying to focus on the beautiful colors of the canyon walls and honeycomb formations and not the clouds and lightning crackles in the sky.
The sky is still a little menacing as we exit Painted Canyon to drop toward Three Fingers Gulch.
Upper Three Fingers Gulch and bright blue skies!
A lovely, living natural source of running water in Three Fingers Gulch. The stream surfaces for 30 meters or so then runs back underground.
A storm cell passing over as we near an unnamed canyon.
Gorgeous and menacing at the same time. We’re supposed to be traveling in that direction.
The formations of Let ‘Er Rip Canyon. Blue skies behind us. And soon enough the storm cell moved on…
Ascending toward Juniper Gulch on the shoulder of Peak 4791.
Looking down Juniper Gulch and across to Mahogany Mountain.
A beautiful rock and juniper garden in Juniper Gulch will be home for the night!