Pretty Little Desert Flower

Bow Willow and Rockhouse Canyon Loop
(8 miles, +1,000/-1,000 feet).

On Friday morning I heard a story on KPBS that this year is supposed to be the best wildflower season in Anza-Borrego since the late 1990s.  So that sealed the deal — Barnfinder and Rockit Man and I would head to the desert.

We arrived at the Bow Willow campground at about 7am and started the hike in the broad flat wash of Bow Willow Canyon.

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An easy start

It didn’t take long for us to start finding all kinds of wildflowers.  I used a special website for Anza Borrego flowers to try to identify them.

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Common Phacelia
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Brown eyed primrose
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Chuparosa

After about half a mile we turned south and headed up into steep and rocky Lone Palm Canyon.

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I wonder why this is called Lone Palm Canyon….
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Beautiful palm detritus

As we ascended we found more wildflowers clinging to craggy rocks.

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Desert Lotus
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California Fagonia
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Annual Wooly Sunflower

We made it to the top of Lone Pine Canyon where it once again flattened out to a wash.

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Rockit Man finishes the climb
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Purplemat
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The Three Amigos
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Ouch!
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Cacti glistening in the sun

Rockit Man got his trail name at about this point in the hike because he liked naming rocks.

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Egg McMuffin Rock

The ocotillos everywhere were full of green and on the verge of blooming.

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Ocotillos

After a while we hit a gentle saddle and descended into Rockhouse Canyon

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Nice and flat on top
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A bit of a downclimb near the bottom

Rockhouse Canyon was also full of flowers.

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Parish’s Poppy
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Baby Barrel Cacti
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White Tackstem
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California Dandelion
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Rockhouse Canyon view to the west

At about the halfway point we neared the rock house after which the canyon was named.

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Rockit Man across the canyon
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Wild Canterbury Bells
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Inside the Rockit house
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Barnfinder gets ready for lunch

After a nice break we headed up to the saddle separating Rockhouse and Bow Willow canyons.

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View of Bow Willow Canyon from the saddle

Clouds started rolling in and making beautiful shadows on the distant hills.

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Wonderful desert light

Once we were back down in Bow Willow Canyon, the walk was extremely easy on a super flat wash the rest of the way back.

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Bush berries
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Bigelow’s Monkey Flower
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Easy peasey
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What a great day!

 

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Scott Desposato says:

    Great hike, we were out there all weekend, probably cross paths!

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    1. JimmyJam says:

      Too bad we missed you!

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