I’m eager to see more of the Santa Rosa-Paradise Peak wilderness, and another volunteer named Mike offers to join me. I warn him that I’m considering some bushwhacking, and he tackles it gamely, even when it turns out to be a LOT of bushwhacking.
Our first climb to a ridge up a steep sage-covered slope goes well.
After that we encounter more vegetation. It’s harder to hike through, but interesting to look at! We see blue elderberry, snowberry (I think), and a couple of hardy limber pines that I wondered about from afar yesterday. There are also a lot of red mound ant hills.
We climb a lot, passing a lone spring.
Finally the ridge evens out, and the last stretch to Abel Pass is easier, with great views.
If anyone can tell me what this wingless hopping insect is, I’d love to know. It moves its antennae, but doesn’t move otherwise. Is it molting?
The descent is thankfully easier, following the route we used yesterday. Lots of dried buckwheat and blooming rubber rabbit brush on this ridge.