The trail follows an intricate desert wash.
Hikers confer as we approach the pass.
The trail was once a Jeep road. It starts southwest and takes us
by Courthouse Rock, a massive monolith standing as a sentinel
on the aggraded desert plains.
Just past the rock we enter a sandy wash which serves as our
trail for the next mile. The wash is fenced off at one point,
with a makeshift trail going uphill as hikers have tried to
There are some spring flowers in the wash. Gradually the
trail takes us out onto high ground, with a sweeping view in
The trail turns south.
Ray, our hike leader, has studied the map and assures us that
we’re going the right direction.