Photographs from the Photography on the Run post: Looking for Boney Mountain
Running down Danielson Road into Upper Sycamore Canyon. There was no water where the fire road crosses the creek, but I could hear a trickle upstream, closer to the "waterfall." December 14, 2019.
Wet "Christmas berries" on a toyon bush along Danielson Road.
Stalks of giant rye grass along Danielson Road. This grass can reach a height of eight feet.
Moon and clouds over the west end of the Conejo Valley.
Benchmark 1918 near the start of the western ridge route (a.k.a Mountaineer's Route) on Boney Mountain's north side. The peak left of center on the skyline is the highest point on the crest (2935'), north of Tri Peaks.
The high point on Boney Mountain's north side with an elevation of about 2935'. This is the peak most people ascend when climbing "Boney Mountain."
Section of the traditional USGS 7.5 minute Triunfo Pass and Newbury Park topographic maps, showing the extent of Boney Mountain, and some related features.
Crags of Conejo Volcanic rock along Boney Mountain's western ridge.
Clouds spilling over the lip of Boney Mountain's western escarpment. This is about three-quarters of the way up the western ridge.
Into the clouds, high on Boney Mountain's western ridge.
View east from the high point (2935') along the crest of the north side of Boney Mountain. The Upper Cabin Trail can also be used to ascend to this point.
Tri Peaks from the top of the western ridge route.
Working up the north side of Tri Peaks.
Summit block of Tri Peaks (3000+').
View along the western escarpment of Boney Mountain from the Backbone Trail. The vertical relief is more than 2000'.
Boney Mountain from the top of Peak 2880. The Tri Peaks summit block is on the skyline in the center.
The Backbone Trail west of Exchange Peak, in the Boney Mountain Wilderness. Decenber 14, 2019.
Remnants of a mast assembly on Peak 2880. Oddly, this peak is labeled "Boney Mountain" on various maps, including the USGS 2015 Triunfo Pass quad. In the 2018 edition it was moved to Tri Peaks(?).
There were thousands and thousands of dried stalks of the fire follower Bleeding Heart (Ehrendorferia ochroleuca) along the Tri Peaks and Backbone Trails.
Bleeding Heart (Ehrendorferia ochroleuca) in bloom along the Backbone Trail. December 14, 2019.
Chamberlain Rock and Serrano Valley from the Chamberlain Trail segment of the Backbone Trail.
Boney Mountain's western escarpment from the Backbone Trail near the Old Boney and Chamberlain Trail junction. The western ridge route follows a use trail along the top of the escarpment.
Sycamores ialong the Upper Sycamore Trail. December 14, 2019.
Looking up at peak 2935 (left of center) from Danielson Road, the point most people ascend when climbing "Boney Mountain." A switchback on Danielson Road can be seen across the canyon. The edge of the Boney Mountain's western escarpment is on the upper right of the photo.
The wet 2018-19 rain season has resulted in a bumper crop of red-orange toyon berries for the holidays!
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