On a recent hike at Guadalupe Mountains National Park we hiked up Bear Canyon to Hunter Peak and back down the Tejas Trail - about 9 miles. Bear Canyon is STEEP, boulder-strewn, whimsical and provides great views down into the Permian Basin:
Jennifer in the shady Bear Canyon:
Ascending into Ponderosa Pine country:
Ranchers used to drive cattle all the way up here because of the lush high meadow grasses:
Now the grasses are left alone to coexist with great wildflowers such as Desert Trumpet:
...and Wheeler's Wallflower:
Looking North towards "our" park (Carlsbad Caverns):
Once atop Hunter Peak (8,368 Ft.), we had time to rest and be grateful that such places are protected and that we are healthy enough to enjoy them:
...and that we can enjoy them in great company!
...including unknown crazy alpine wildflowers:
Rested, we headed back down:
So many cool things to see, such as nice little thickets of oaks...
...where Scotch Bluebell and...
...Indian Pink thrived:
Down the Tejas trail:
Southwest Paintbrush: one of our favorites:
Nearing the end of our hike we could look back up into some pretty nice scenery...
...while also enjoying the wildflowers at lower elevations such as Crowded Rayweed (or Rubberbush):
And the vibrant woolly marigold:
What a day!! What a park!!!