Coyote Canyon

15 January 2022
Lower Coyote Canyon
(6 miles, +500 / -500 feet).

We haven’t gotten much rain in Anza-Borrego this year, so sadly there will be no super-bloom. But you can still find lots of flowers near water sources, so Half Cookie and I decided to hike Coyote Creek, which flows year-round. It’s close to Borrego Springs, and the road is good enough that we could coax our Prius to the trailhead.

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Here we go!
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White Bursage
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Thurber’s Sandpaper Plant
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Spanish Needle
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Fan-leaved Tiquilia
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California Dodder (a parasite!)
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Half Cookie makes her way upstream
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Dyebush
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Teddy-bear Cholla
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Ouch!
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Ocotillos
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Silver Cholla
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California Croton
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Thickleaf Groundcherry
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Desert Lavender
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Brittlebush
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Seven-spotted Lady Bug
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Yuma Sandmat
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Fragrant Flatsedge
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Arizona Lupine
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Bigelow’s Monkeyflower
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Nettle-leaved Goosefoot
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Spangletop
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Cresote Bush
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Cliffbrakes?
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Narrow-leaved Cryptantha
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London Rocket
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Another Spanish Needle (I love these!)
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Fremont’s Pincushion
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Saharan Mustard
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More desert lavender
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Browneyes
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Distant Phacelia
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Yet another Spanish Needle
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Emory’s Rockdaisy
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Jersey Cudweed
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Making our way back downstream
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Sweetbush
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Beetle Spurge
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Redstem Stork’s-bill
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Distant Phacelia
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Trailing Windmills
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Black-banded Rabbitbrush
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Brownplue Wirelettuce
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Half Cookie checks out some weird machinery rusting in the sun
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Peninsular Fishhook Cactus
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Teddy-bear Cholla Bloom

On our way back to the car we climbed a ridge nearby to get a view of the valley below. And there were a few new plants up here, too.

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That was fun!
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So nice!
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California Barrel Cactus
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Chuparosa
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Ocotillo bloom

When we were done we headed back to Borrego Springs to the pool and our room at the Borrego Valley Inn (what a great place!).

2 Comments Add yours

  1. 100peaks says:

    Coyote Canyon is awesome. Just made it out there twice this winter, backpacking and exploring Cougar Canyon. So much water out there.

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    1. JimmyJam says:

      I know, right? I definitely have to go back….

      Like

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