An old trail sign indicates we might at least be at the right trailhead.
Does it lead to Carey's Castle?
In the Middle of Nowhere
Looking back at the parking area - not another car around, except heading in to the mine around the corner (dirt fans in the background)
On the trail (?)
This 'Vehicles Prohibited' curb cracked me up. If anyone wanted to drive up the wash (4WD obviously needed), this teeny tiny curb wasn't going to stop them.
The cholla were clustered on hillsides and open areas just like the vines in Napa Valley.
We leave the wash and start into the canyon.
This was the terrain for 90% of the hike.
With some boulder hopping thrown in for fun (that's me hoisting myself over the last one - watch out for rattlers!)
We made it! Carey's Castle. It's not very....castel-ey, is it?
David enters the castle.
Old license plate
(1938, I think? I can't make out the date on the picture)
Mmm.....scrambled eggs, anyone?
The old stove.
The Front porch
The backside - window and stove pipe
signs of Carey
Boulder piles in the region of the Castle.
Rock hopping - whee!
Views on the hike back down the canyon.
Me enjoying the flat open terrain again
Fewer places for snakes to hide, although trudging through the sand was a bit tiring.
Cholla and barrel cactus
Oasis of mara
In the evening we stopped by the oasis of mara at the visitors center.
An old mill from the desert queen mine, I think.
Statue at the visitors center.