Photographs from the Photography on the Run post: Inspiration Point to the Pine Mountain Juniper
Early morning sun above Blue Ridge on the Pacific Crest Trail just east of Angeles Crest Highway at Inspiration Point.
Mt. Baden-Powell from the Pacific Crest Trail near Mountain High West.
Mountain High Resort trail map.
Continuing east on the Pacific Crest Trail along Blue Ridge.
Mountain lion tracks on the PCT downhill from the 'Pacific Crest Reservoir.' The water source is probably a standard stop on the big cat's circuit.
Pacific Crest Reservoir, a snow-making pond at Mountain High.
Chair lift at Mountain High.
Rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa) near Blue Ridge Camp.
Wax currants along the PCT on Blue Ridge west of Guffy Camp.
Pine Mountain (front) and Mt. Baldy from Blue Ridge near Guffy Camp. The Pine Mountain juniper is at an elevation of 9000' about 0.4 mile from the top of the peak.
Prickly poppy along the PCT at about 8300' near Guffy Camp.
The top of the Acorn Trail. The Angeles Crest 100 starts in Wrightwood, climbs 3.6 miles to this point and then continues west for another 98 miles to Altadena.
The crown of the Wright Mountain/Heath Canyon Landslide. According to California Division of Mines & Geology Special Report 136 this landslide occurred 'prior to the year 1500. It remains active and in wet periods has been the source of large mudflows.
The North Devil's Backbone Trail. The use trail leads past Pine Mountain and Dawson Peak to Mt. Baldy.
View down North Fork Lytle Creek drainage to San Jacinto Peak (right) and San Gorgonio Mountain and adjacent peaks.
This year many of the sugar pines in the San Gabriel Mountains have produced a bumper crop of cones. Last year Bigcone Douglas-firs had a large crop of cones. August 30, 2014.
Sugar pine cones dripping with resin. August 30, 2014.
A spiral lightning scar on a Jeffrey pine at point 8555 on the North Devil's Backbone. The tree was likely stuck in 2006. Photo was taken August 30, 2014.
The lightning scar spirals from the top of the tree to the bottom. In this case the strike killed the tree.
Mt. Baden-Powell from point 8555 on the North Devil's Backbone.
Continuing up the North Devil's Backbone above the lightning tree. The Pine Mountain juniper is above the next step.
Shiny Pelona schist is the predominant rock in the area.
The hike up Baldy's North Devil's Backbone is steep, exposed and rocky. It would not be a good place to be in a thunderstorm!
The Pine Mountain Juniper and its companion lodgepole pine.
Perched on the North Devil's Backbone of Mt. Baldy at an elevation of 9000' the Pine Mountain Juniper is at least several hundred years old.
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