Steve loves trying out new routes, so the day's plan was for a loop ride starting from the Brush Corral trailhead. Brush corrals are numerous in the area. Cowboys of old piled up dead juniper tree trunks and branches in a circular fashion to create a corral for collecting cattle. The trailhead I refer to is near the Hans Flat Ranger station, with a relatively new brush corral (maybe only 50-75 years old) at the end of an infrequently used two-track.
On the return part of the loop, we explored a few springs that are unnamed on the topo maps.
This small pool is below Matt Warner's outlaw camp, which I posted about here.
Besides a few errant cattle that aren't supposed to be in this canyon, we also saw a small herd of donkeys, a coyote, a squirrel-like critter, rabbits, and a few early insects. Only an occasional flower bloomed, but it's early yet. The leaves are just coming out on bushes and trees.
We dragged into camp about 5 PM, having completed 26 difficult canyon country miles and 2500 feet of altitude gain and loss. Both humans and horses had earned their supper, don't you think?