A stroll through the high desert finished with a heavenly scramble
This photo collection documents a delightful day outting to the rocky summit of Elephant Head via the Hikers Route. The Hikers Route treats the visitor first to trails winding through diverse desert flora. The Direct Route variation draws the hiker into Chino Canyon where a small desert stream gurgles and tadpools frolick. After crawling back out of the canyon to the saddle, the hiker can feast the eyes upon a good half-hour of fun, solid scrambling with non-stop views.
The route from the saddle is well-worn and cairned, providing easy route finding for the astute hiker. The route is mostly a mix of Class 2 route-finding and Class 3 scrambling, though a final small wall just below the summit presents a short but sweet Class 4 challenge.