San Joaquin River Trail
Mar 26, 2021
Perkins West Peak
Starting up the San Joaquin River Trail.
Trail sign near the start. This is a well maintained trail that can be followed for a long ways up the canyon.
Cows on the trail.
More cows on the way to Pincushion Mountain.
View from near the summit.
View south along the ridge with Millerton Lake on both sides.
Trail leading down to the ridge.
Barbed wire blocking access to the Table Mountain area.
Large bend in Millerton Lake.
Oak tree surrounded by poppies.
Old ranch road on top.
Heading for Perkins West Peak.
Flowers at the summit.
Winchell Creek basin to the east.
Following a ranch road toward Table Mountain.
Volcanic cliff above the road.
Ranch road and flowers.
Table Mountain in the distance.
More flowers along the road.
View back toward Perkins West Peak.
Upper end of Millerton Lake. Later in the afternoon I would cross the lake using a packraft and climb Crook Mountain (center).
Flowers on Table Mountain.
View southeast from the summit of Table Mountain. Keys Mountain in the distance.
Heading for the next volcanic plateau.
An old bench at the saddle.
Hillside covered in flowers.
View back to Bald Mountain.
Flowers growing out of the volcanic rock.
Another view of the flowers.
Crossing back into the ecological reserve.
An old trail sign on the ridge.
Natural vernal pool surrounded by flowers.
Old road cut filled in with flowers.
View east from the summit of Peak 2030.
Gate on the edge of the reserve.
Heading down the road to meet back up with the San Joaquin River Trail.
Back on the trail heading for Crook Mountain.
Crossing Millerton Lake with a packraft.
View down the grassy hillside on the way up.
Lupine and Millerton Lake.
Volcanic outcrop near the summit.
Crook Mountain summit.
Benchmark at the summit.
Heading back down.
Following the San Joaquin River Trail back to the car.
Table Mountain above the trail.
Nice oak forest along the trail.
Final bend in the lake before getting back to the car.
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