There are so many areas in this very old mountain range worth visiting, but we went to Baldy Point on this excursion. You start out in a wooded area with a view of sheer cliffs climbers like to use. If you continue on the trail you will make your way around to a more gradual climb. I've visited this area several times, but the beautiful weather made it something else on this visit (morning temps of 80 and a high of 100 not to be reached until 1:00 or so). I like to hike in the spring and fall due to the intense heat this area can draw, but this day (July 6) was fantastic and we even had some sprinkles that, thanks to the breeze, felt like a patio mister. The flora was spectacular. Wild flowers everywhere. Looks like we missed the cacti flowering but they were healthy and in abundance.
I like hiking Quartz Mountain because the rock--red granite mostly--is rounded and fun to climb around on. The views of the surrounding farmland are magnificent. This mountain is not intimidating, but can be challenging. It is good to not forget you have to climb down after you scramble up and plan accordingly.
I've never camped in the area as I have family close by, but the grounds look good. It's a great day--then when the heat sets in, head over to the water slide closer to the lodge area. The lodge is nice, but I feel it is over priced. It is run by a private developer instead of the state as the old lodge was, and it is priced over what locals can afford. We used to have our family reunions at the old lodge, but no more. This is the reason for my Very Good rating instead of Excellent.
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