Borrego Badlands

Inspiration Point to Smoke Tree Wash
(6 miles, +600/-800 feet)

It was surprisingly calm last night, though it felt a little colder than I expected for high 30s.

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Good morning Anza!
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Snowy peaks to the west

We decided to avoid the main washes today, and that turned out to be a great choice.  Just north of the badlands, the terrain is pretty mellow, especially compared to our experience in the maze yesterday.

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Gentle!
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California Evening Primrose
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Looking back on Toro Peak

The wildflowers got thick again as we approached Palo Verde Wash.

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Lupines and primrose
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More primrose

And we had more great views of the badlands.

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Mas malpais
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Did I mention the primrose?
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Sunflower explosion
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Sobotillo!
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Desert sand verbena
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Smoke Tree Wash

After waking through Smoke Tree Wash for a few minutes, I got very excited.  Right in the middle of the wash was my favorite Anza flower — the only one we saw the whole trip!

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The elusive Ghost Flower

All too soon we were back at the car, but we were ready to head back home to celebrate with fine San Diego cuisine: burritos and beer!

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