Monday, January 10, 2022

MORMON ROCKS ALONG SAN ANDREAS FAULT

Soon,  I hope to go back to this area.  It's near the town of Wrightwood in the San Gabriel Mountain Range (different mountain range from where we live how)   where we use to live and one day, back in 2012 we took our grandson for a walk around the trail.  Every time I run across these photos I know it's time to go back and enjoy this area. 

My Grandson Cayden,   is now a sophomore - hard to believe ten years has gone so fast.














The Mormon Rocks, also known as the Rock Candy Mountains, are Miocene-age sandstone beds of the Cajon Formation. Compression and shearing along the San Andreas Fault have resulted in the tilting and re-exposure of these beds.

Beginning elevation is 3360 feet. This 1-mile loop trail was built by the Forest Service fire engine crew in 1975. It provides visitors with the chance to hike to a ridge to gain great views of the Mormon Rocks. These striking sandstone formations are riddled with small holes and caves; home of the owl, lizard, and pack rat. In the cliffs watch for White-throated Swifts, hawks, and ravens. In the chaparral look for coast horned lizards, California Thrashers, and Western Kingbirds. All along the trail there are excellent views of the Mormon Rocks and Cajon Pass area. An interpretive brochure may be available at the trailhead, or is also obtainable at the Lytle Creek Ranger Station 

12 comments:

cat's momma said...

I would love to hike there with you, and I would want to while it is still cold out! Great pictures and I also cannot believe this was 10 years ago!!

sandy said...

i can't believe it either. This walk is exhilarating because of the views. We will have to do this next time you come and it's actually easy. I'm hoping it's open when I try to go there again. We were in Wrightwood a month or so ago and stopped by but didn't take the walk. It was getting late and we wanted to get back up the back side of the mountain meaning the 138.

HotFlashHomestead said...

Wow. I love walking along the San Andreas fault and seeing all the different rock formations. These in particular are really great, and I've never been there. They do remind me a little of some that are found along Hwy 14 on the way to Lancaster, also along the same fault line. Wonderful pics!

sandy said...

Oh i know about those - yes. There's Devils Punchbowl Valyermo. That is a really great place to go for a hike and now I'm wondering why I haven't come across my photos from there. We took that hiike back in 2013 I believe. I loved it and i remember walking near the nature center when i looked over at a picnic table and there was a beautiful fox sitting on it.

sandy said...

Devils Punchbowl another formation on the San Andreas fault.

photowannabe said...

What a handsome Grandson as I'm sure he is 10 years later.
That hike looks so interesting.When we lived in Pacifica we were right on the San Andreas Fault. Earth movement is really fascinating.
Sue

sandy said...

Hi Sue - as with you, in Wrightwood the road we lived on was right on the fault also. Yes he is a handsome guy for sure.

GretchenJoanna said...

I don't know anything about this area, but the scenery is gorgeous. I will have to do some research so I might stop by on a road trip in that direction. Thank you for posting the pictures, which are so appealing...

Your grandson is a handsome boy, too!

Winifred said...

Love photos of little ones walking with older folks. Lovely.

Lowcarb team member said...

I certainly enjoyed seeing your photographs.

All the best Jan

sandy said...

Thanks Jan, Winifred and Gretchen. Its a beautiful walk.

Linda said...

That looks like my kind of scenery! Can't believe you have so much diversity there. Your grandson was a cutie, hard to believe they grow up so fast, right?

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