Joshua Tree National Park - Pictures/Photos - Pinkham Canyon Road - Cottonwood Mountains - Monument Mountain - Eagle Mountain
I visited Joshua Tree National Park (screenshot) for the first time in several years on Sunday, November 11, 2012. I'd never hiked it before until this time. Previously I was touring desert communities, assessing working, hiking, and living conditions as a function of manmade EMF exposure. The following are images, videos, PDFs, maps, and so forth that I have collected on this remote, beautiful desert. Please check the Open Directory Project for additional listings for Joshua Tree National Park.
Joshua Tree National Park map taken from National Parked (pdf).
Map taken from National-Park.com. A similar map in pdf form here.
Sign on Cottonwood Springs Road near US Interstate 10 -- 1 mile from Joshua Tree National Park, 8 miles from the Cottonwood Springs NPS facility, and 47 miles from Twentynine Palms. 11/11/2012.
Signs for "Entering Joshua Tree National Park," "National Park Service," and "United States Department Of The Interior." 11/11/2012.
Sign for Old Dale Mine Road and Black Eagle Mine Road. History of the area. Cholla cactus. View along Black Eagle Road, including two shots of a tarantula I found. View toward Pinto Mountains, still within the 1400 square mile Joshua Tree National Park. Snow Geese, westward bound: Good luck finding your winter nesting ground! 11/11/2012.
Pinkham Canyon Road, near beginning, Joshua Tree NP. 12/8/2012.
Chemtrails, Joshua Tree National Park. 12/8/2012.
View toward Smoke Tree Wash and Eagle Mountain from the slopes of the Cottonwood Mountains. 12/8/2012.
Cactus Wren perched on slate slab, Cottonwood Mountains, Joshua Tree National Park. 12/8/2012.
San Jacinto Mountain across Coachella Valley from midpoint up the Cottonwood Mountains. 12/8/2012.
Old pile of mountain lion scat near summit of Cottonwood Mountains, Monument Peak in the distance. Scat bleached from sun, years old. 12/8/2012.
Cairn at summit of Cottonwood Mountains. 12/8/2012.
Cairn near mile marker 3 on Pinkham Canyon Road. 12/8/2012.
Animal grave site just off Pinkham Canyon Road a couple of miles in. At least the four-wheel drive passengers had the decency to bury the poor creature. It probably was a tortoise, as the jack rabbits ought to have no problem getting out of the way of a slow-moving 4WD vehicle. 12/23/2012.
Eagle Mountain from Cottonwood Mountains, Joshua Tree National Park. 12/26/2012.
Monument Mountain from Cottonwood Mountains. Notice old mountain lion scat pile to right of bush. This was an important "spot" for the old cat. 12/26/2012.
Click on image for a 79 second clip [316 MB .mov]. That's Monument Mountain in the middle. I am about 2/3 of the way to the Cottonwood Mountains summit, and just a few miles from Pinkham Canyon Road. The audio is just a bunch of noise from all the wind. I pan across to the right toward Eagle Mountain, and then zoom in on the old mountain lion scat pile to the right of the bush in front of me. Sadly for the cats, not any fresh dung on this ridge. 12/26/2012.
That's my cairn near mile marker four. 12/26/2012.
I am not sure if these are the Hexie Mountains, but whatever they are, they run parallel with the Cottonwood Mountains, on the northern side of Pinkham Canyon. There had been a lot of rain west of the San Jacintos, but these clouds were all we got in Joshua Tree. There was some rain, but not much. The storm front created a lot more wind than usual. 12/26/2012.
That's Monument Mountain in the distance. The picture is taken just a couple of miles into Pinkham Canyon Road. 12/26/2012.
Yucca plant in blossom. 3/24/2013. There were a couple of bees in this one, although I've read that moths do some of the pollinating at night. Despite the drought and heavy metal contamination caused by the daily chemtrail activity of the dark force that has taken control of the US military, the desert plants are sending up numerous blossoms this spring. Here is the Wikipedia page on the genus yucca (pdf), included in which is this particular species of yucca, as well as the Joshua Trees for which this park is named.
Mylar happy birthday ballons with Eagle Mountain in the background, Joshua Tree National Park. 3/29/2013.
Another pic of the balloons with an emphasis on the chemtrails overhead. Nice way to celebrate happy birthday, poisoning the populace with aluminum dioxide and other heavy metals. Not a single natural cloud in the sky today. I felt weak the next day. Lord knows what we're breathing. :( 3/29/2013.
A closeup of the mylar happy birthday balloons that I found deep inside Pinkham Canyon, more than ten miles away from the nearest place for a party of this type. . I find numerous such balloons in remote, mountainous areas where the balloons must ascend at least 5000-6000 feet and travel dozens of miles on a steady wind. Apparently mylar balloons can damage the high tension power that crisscross this country. Should we ban the balloons? Or should we decentralize the power grid so that we don't rely on the millions of wasteful, ugly 150' high metal structures that suspend the electrical lines? Solar panels on all residential roofs, and a small powerstation in each community should do the trick. Click here for a movie of the above. 3/29/2013.
Private jet over Pinkham Canyon in Joshua Tree National Park, perhaps just a few thousand feet above me, en route to the Jaqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal, California. 3/29/2013. I could almost see the faces peering out through the cabin windows. This was around the time of some big equestrian events as well as the Coachella Music Festival. Some big money lives out here, too. Though 15 miles from the airport, the plane couldn't have been more than 8000 feet high, or just 5000 feet higher than me. I figure the pilot was giving the passengers a special closeup look at the park. You can see the plane's license on the tailwing.
Looking across to Monument Mountain with a horned lizard (aka "Horny Toad") in my hand. 3/29/2013. What I like about these interesting creatures is that they just sit wherever they are, relying on their camouflage to evade predators. When approached, they typically don't run; and once they are in your hand, they relax on your hand until you put them back down again. In other words, they make good photo subjects because they don't move. Also, they are rather cool looking in a primeval way. Here's the Wikipedia page for Horned Lizard (pdf).
Pic taken from the Wikipedia page on yuccas, a large Joshua Tree at the Grapevine Springs Ranch in Arizona, USA.
Two different scans of a deck of cards purchased at the Cottonwood Springs Park Headquarters.
Mojave Aster, Xylorhiza tortifolia (pdf) on slopes of Cottonwood Mountains in Joshua Tree NP. 11/10/2013.
Pacific Gopher Snake, Pituophis catenifer catenifer, (pdf) sunning herself on Pinkham Canyon Road. 11/10/2013.
Scorpion Weed (pdf) (pdf) on slopes of Cottonwood Mountains, November 10, 2013. I was late in coming back to Joshua Tree after the rains in August that had caused a late spring during the next several weeks. By November many blossoms had already dried up, so I am sure the landscape was more vivid a month or more before these pics were taken. The vistas were certainly more verdant than what I had seen in May and June. 11/10/2013.
Investigation of tortoise activity on ridge leading to the Cottonwood Mountains summit. 5:17 mov, 1.38 GB. 12/22/2013. The tortoises hadn't been out of their holes for perhaps a year, waiting for the rain that finally arrived in August. Spring came in September and October, when the tortoises attempted to get their fill of flowers. It was slim pickings topside, sadly, and the large reptiles returned to their holes still hungry. What you see in this picture are the tell-tale stump-prints of tortoises foraging.
Joshua Tree Free Of Cell Phones (pdf)
Joshua Tree National Park Map (html application, zoomable) (@NPS)
Joshua Tree is not the prana-rich environment I would prefer, such as provided amply by the Manoa Valley trail network on Oahu I used to hike daily in the early 1990s. But it's all about cell tower avoidance for me now, and the southern portion of Joshua Tree gives me that. Exercise is meditation for me. And I can't meditate with electromagnetic interference in my environment. I had some experiences in remote areas of Kauai and the Big Island that lead me to believe that satellite transmissions are problemmatic -- in terms of their inflaming my consciousness -- as well. But for now, I'm content with the avoidance of terrestrial, line-of-sight artificial transmissions, which is hard enough to accomplish as it is. Peace.
In the past week I have hiked Joshua Tree three times. Each time the silence, lack of people (I rarely see anyone there), comparatively clean air, and massively reduced ground-based wireless transmissions had a strong healing effect upon me. I felt more balanced. I was more consistent and resilient emotionally the following day at school. It's not that the exertion was anything to speak of; rather, it was my being finally being able to breathe. I feel constricted and impinged upon in areas of higher exposure. Energetically, I feel worse after hiking La Quinta Cove and Spitler Peak (up in the San Jacinto Mountains). Since I wouldn't start my hike till 4:30 pm or so, I would get to the half-way point (just an hour or so in) and it would be dark. I would walk off the trail a bit, headlamp on, and find a spot to lay down. Turning off the headlamp, I would just be looking up at the stars, with just a sliver of moon illuminating my surroundings. Not a sound. For a hundred yards around me I could hear the slightest brush rustling or crunch of earth. My heart, body, and mind, for the most part, could rest. I lied down for 20 minutes or so, feeling the air come down off the Cottonwood Mountains, with the temperature changing from 60º to 40º F in the two hour span I was there.
The only negative comment on the trail I can make is that the rainstorms of two months ago caused it to become grossly rutted in many areas, with one-foot or more deep gashes into it where the streams followed the road for some distance rather than merely crossing it. I wiped out along one of these ruts Friday night, brusing my right knee a bit. It was a hard, baked clay surface studded with small rocks that left bruises on my rear end, elbow, and knee. It doesn't help that headlamps aren't as good as handheld flash lights in terms of showing the relative depths of terrain a few feet in front of you. Everything in your field of vision has a washed out, uniform look to it that disguises variations that could lead to mishap. Despite the ouch factor, the location is well worth the hassle of accessing.
add pic of wren or oriole
Echinocactus polycephalus (cottontop cactus) with yellow blossoms near base of Cottonwood Mountains in Joshua Tree National Park. 7/20/2014.
Cacti of Joshua Tree National Park * Echinocactus polycephalus (cottontop cactus)
Keen hiking shoes, Lorpen hiking socks, feet raised against the sky at the summit of the Cottonwoods Mountains in JT, bare feet at rest on the ground in Joshua Tree. 7/20/2014.
Marine Corps helicopters flying over Pinkham Canyon Road en route to Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California. 7/20/2014.
Baby Horny Toad in my open palm at base of Cottonwood Mountains in Pinkham Canyon in Joshua Tree. 8/3/2014. I'd never seen such a small horned toad. I almost caught another little dude mid-way up the 1000' ascent. I think the humidity and light rains of the last day or so may have triggered their recent hatching. It's a tough environment to grow up in. I wish them the best of luck!
Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) against clouds in Joshua Tree National Park. 8/3/2014. In the picture at right that looks out across Pinkham Canyon you can see two turkey vultures up high on the right.
Pinkham Canyon, Hexie Mountains, viewed from Cottonwood Mountains. 8/3/2014. I like how the sun shone in patches through the cloud cover.
Rain falls over Coachella Valley, as viewed from summit area of Cottonwood Mountains. 8/3/2014. About an hour later, on my return hike back to the car, I had sustained light rain for an hour. I figured it soaked down into the soil a good inch or two. The area was desperate for the water. Near the car I observed an explosion of small flying insects with long, delicate wings, flying slowly through the air. It was clear that the rain had triggered this likely shortlived event in the creature's lifecycle.
Chemtrails over Joshua Tree National Park, August 24, 2014. NEED TO EDIT THIS POST
Walking along Pinkham Canyon Road; horny toad hunkering down in a sandy off-road tire tread. Four-minute video of me walking late in the day. 5/17/2015.
Video of chem-clouds, otherwise known as cumular ringwraiths. Joshua Tree National Park. 6/25/2015. (cf. at Wikipedia)
The above pics are of a cormorant sea bird I encountered on Pinkham Canyon Road in Joshua Tree NP the evening of 10/26/2015. The bird had apparently dropped out of the sky from exhaustion. Seeking my assistance, he followed me on foot for a quarter mile. Impressed with the creature's unusual resolve, and feeling the burden of his plea for assistance, I took the fellow home for the night. Throwing my wash towel over him calmed him considerably. Though he came forward numerous times for assistance, he instinctively pecked at me if I came too close. Hence the need for a towel. The next morning I contacted the appropriate agency who picked him up and brought him to a nearby manmade lake where the bird was able to recover and eventually fly again. I feel sorry for the birds who resort to the Salton Sea, given its epidemics of botulism and 110º summer temperatures. But this is the best they can do, given that the cool and verdant estuaries along the coast have all been developed for human use and habitation.
2016.3.1. I found this desert tortoise in the middle of the road in Joshua Tree National Park this past Tuesday. Though traffic was moving fast, I stopped my car, put the hazards on, and went to pick him/her up and place it safely on the side. If you look closely, you will see the green edges of its mouth. Since our downpour of about 1/2 an inch 3 weeks ago, some of the spring desert flowers are coming to life. There are about 1/3 the number of green shoots as compared to 4 years ago when I first hiked here, likely on account of the lack of precipitation and constant heavy metal bombardment from our friends at dot-gov. Hopefully it will be enough for this guy to live to see another season. Though he was 10-12 inches long, he was very lightweight. Hopefully he will eat his fill and gain back some of his body mass that was no doubt lost due to starvation rations and hibernation.
I've been on the lookout for creatures in the road ever since I passed by a beautiful jackson chameleon crossing the Mamalahoa Highway in Kealakekua 15 years ago. Traffic was moving slowly and I could have stopped, halted traffic, and gotten him to safety. But I didn't. If I recall correctly, on my return from shopping in Kailua-Kona, I found him at the far side of the opposing traffic lane crushed flat with his tongue extended a good six-to-eight inches from his squashed body. These chameleons are such irridescent, green, curious creatures, what with their jerky slow motion movements, little horns, and oversized eyes that seem to roll in all directions. They are harmless and kind. All they seek is a good bug to eat. I didn't want this tortoise to meet a similar fate.
October 6, 2016: Good day for wildlife viewing. Driving to Joshua Tree along Box Canyon Road, near the Orocopia Mountains Wilderness Area, I came across a desert tortoise. He was half again larger than the tortoise I had encountered seven months earlier, and three times as heavy. I saw a large object in the middle of the road as I slowed and recognized in passing. One hundred yards later I turned around, but only after a large truck past by me in the opposite direction. It barely slowed for the tortoise, but luckily the creature was unharmed. I put on my hazards, leapt out of the car barefoot (I had forgotten my shower slippers) and in my boxers, as I undress as much and as often as possible in the desert, tiptoing across the hot, rough asphalt to the precariously placed reptile. I wanted to get a picture of him in situ, but I didn't want to risk more cars passing by, so I quickly took a shot and then hauled him up the 3-foot embankment, bearing south and upward from the wash area that he appeared to have come from. To my eyes and hands he was a lively and vigorous specimen, moving his legs rapidly in the air when I picked him up, unlike the earlier fellow who pooped when I lifted him and remained motionless. Perhaps he was on mate-patrol. I wished the tortoise good luck in his journey.
Once at my parking place on Pinkham Canyon Road, I was surprised to see a coyote trotting past me at about 60 feet. This is highly unusual behavior for a coyote in this area. Perhaps he had become too well adjusted to the campers that park at the Cottonwood Springs camp area 1.5 miles away. In any event he went about his business sniffing at this and that. I showered like I normally do, bringing out my 3-gallon bottle of water, but keeping some self-defense handy. He acted like he barely noticed me, which I am sure was a sly ploy on his part. Good luck keeping away from the mountain lion that has taken up residence over the past six months! 10/6/2016.
Hexie Mountains and Cottonwood Mountains after recent rains. 12/30/2016.
Here's a 10-minute video I made discussing the Cottonwood Mountains, Hexie Mountains, dying yuccas, recent rains, and the pungent smell of smoke trees. 12/30/2016.
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