Thursday, November 21, 2013

Covington Crest: Big Trees, Big Views

 Our latest hike was Covington Crest Trail, a short and sweet loop trail that travels through a Joshua tree forest and ends at an overlook with sweeping views. It's 11 miles on a dirt road to reach the trailhead, which probably explains why it's a less visited area of the park. So much the better!

The trail parallels a wash for most of its length. At one point, there's a natural rock garden that looks for all the world like someone planted it, out in the middle of nowhere.

Here's Upper Deception Canyon at the overlook. In the background, both Mt. San Jacinto and Mt. San Gorgonio would be visible in the high distance, if it weren't for the clouds and haze. We plan to go back on a clear day to really take in the view.

A view of the Joshua tree forest--quiet, unspoiled, and peaceful. The trees here are some of the largest in the park.

We learned about this hike from the book On Foot in Joshua Tree National Park, recommended to us by a park ranger as "the book the rangers use." Excellent maps and directions. Highly useful!