When I arrived at Joshua Tree, I asked a park ranger about which hikes he recommended. He asked whether I was interested in exercise or to see the sights within the park. I said, “Both!” He suggested hiking up nearby Ryan Mountain to see the panoramic views.
It was a hot day and we started the hike in the afternoon. The trailhead’s parking lot was empty and we saw no other hikers on the trail. However, we did see lots of lizards!
After we descended back to the parking lot, we were in desperate need of shade for a (slightly) cooler location to eat lunch before continuing onward with our park explorations. We decided to eat under a rock formation near the trailhead. There we saw:
This hike was taken on June 17, 2011.