Photographs from the Photography on the Run post: A Warm Day on Blue Ridge and the North Backbone Trail
Early morning view of Iron Mountain from the PCT. A couple of interesting ridges are highlighted by the morning light.
Any run that starts like this is going to be a good one. A sulfur flower-lined section of the PCT, about three-quarters of a mile east of Inspiration Point. July 30, 2023.
Prickly poppy along the PCT east of Inspiration Point. July 30, 2023.
Snowmaking pond at Mountain High. The bush on the right is mountain mahogany. The fuzzy appearance is from long, plume-like achenes. July 30, 2023.
The PCT between Inspiration Point and the North Backbone trailhead was generally well-groomed and enjoyable to run. July 30, 2023.
This snow plant isn't going to last long in the heat. I've seen snow palnt on just about every run above 7000' this Summer. July 30, 2023.
This seed head was about the size of a baseball. July 30, 2023.
That's where I'm headed. A morning view of Pine Mountain (9648') from the PCT on Blue Ridge, just west of Guffy Camp. The elevation is about 8300'.
Bright red San Gabriel beardtongue lined the trail in many spots along Blue Ridge. July 30, 2023.
From the top of the Acorn Trail it's about a mile on the PCT to the point where you can walk down to the North Backbone trailhead on Forest Service Road 3N06 (Blue Ridge Truck Trail).
The headwall at the top of Heath Canyon of one of the Wright Mountain landslides.
Peak 8555 (left) and Pine Mountain from the PCT, near the North Backbone trailhead.
Looking up at Peak 8555 from the path on Mt. Baldy's North Backbone.
Hazy view of San Gorgonio Mountain and San Jacinto Peak from Baldy's North Backbone trail.
Just about to the top of Peak 8555 on Baldy's North Backbone trail.
An idyllic spot to contemplate the world. Mt. Baden-Powell from Peak 8555 on Mt. Baldy's North Backbone trail.
The 'second step' on Baldy's North Backbone trail. This section of the trail is a little more difficult than the 'first step' up to Peak 8555.
Looking down a steep, rocky chute on the crest of Baldy's North Backbone. There's a patch of avalanched snow at the bottom. July 30, 2023.
The Pine Mountain Juniper (right) on Baldy's North Backbone. It's companion is a Lodgepole pine. July 30, 2023.
The south summit of Pine Mountain with Dawson Peak and Mt. Baldy beyond. According to 3DEP Lidar data, all of Pine Mountain's broad summit area is at about 9650'.
The upper North Backbone on Mt. Baldy. July 30, 2023.
Mt. Baden-Powell and Blue Ridge from the north side of Pine Mountain's broad summit.
A midday view of Pine Mountain from the PCT. The flat exposure of Pelona Schist on the northwest flank of Pine Mountain reflects the sun like a sheet of ice.
Guffy Spring on July 30, 2023, following a heavy snow season. A quarter-mile long spur trail off the PCT at Guffy Camp goes down to the spring.
Eight-foot-tall giant larkspur (Delphinium glaucum) and the pump house at Guffy Spring. July 30, 2023.
Mariposa lily -- probably Calochortus invenustus -- along the PCT on Blue Ridge, west of Guffy Camp.
Clouds, pines, and Pine Mountain from Blue Ridge.
Golden eardrops (Ehrendorferia chrysantha) along the PCT, east of Inspiration Point. This plant can occur in large numbers following a fire. July 30, 2023.
Afternoon clouds over Mt. Baden-Powell from the PCT, just east of Inspiration Point.
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