The Carrizo Plain, 100 airline miles (160 km) north of Los Angeles, California is an area by-passed by time. Soda Lake, its centerpiece, is a glistening bed of white salt, set within a vast open grassland, rimmed by mountains. The plain is home to diverse communities of wildlife and plant species, and is an area culturally important to Native Americans. It is traversed by the San Andreas fault, which has carved valleys, created and moved mountains, and yet close up, is seen in a subtle alignment of ridges, ravines and normally dry ponds.

vandalized badly

hiking
7 months ago

Good place for solitude if you do the self-tour in the offseason. Very quiet. Pictographs and geology are interesting. I've gone twice, a year apart. The pictographs seem to be fading fast. Seem less visible even a year later. One would be wise to go see them before they are gone forever. An easy walk and well marked, wide trail. Chance to see antelope and elk on the drive in. Also, lots of tarantulas at the right time of year. This is an important, even sacred, place to many people... tread lightly and be respectful.

Sunday, March 24, 2013