Sunday, February 12, 2012
Black Lava Butte
Last weekend we hiked up Black Lava Butte, not far from our house off Hwy. 247. We went up the back side after driving all the way down Roadrunner Rut in Pioneertown. It's a steep climb up the butte, but the views from the top are spectacular. Above: looking east towards Landers, with Goat Mountain in the distance. You can see the dark-colored lava rocks in the foreground, with the lighter-colored monzogranite boulders down below.
Above: looking west towards Roadrunner Rut and Pioneertown, with a good view of the lava rocks in the foreground. The rocks are also found down the sides of the buttes in rubble piles following well-defined lines, as though there were once vents where the lava came up.
Above: close-up of a solar panel on the pole.
We also saw a "slick" or grinding stone used by the Indians. It's the rock with a scratched-looking surface, which is in fact extremely smooth.