Told my husband that I wanted to do a little camping in San Lorenzo Canyon before it gets to hot later this year. We visited the area a couple of years ago, and last week I reposted some pics I took on our last visit of this beautiful Canyon. Was so relieved to find that no one was camping at "our spot" under the cottonwood oasis when we arrived.
Unlike our first visit, we didn't see many campers or hikers this time, and its like we had the whole canyon to our selves for the week. Even on the weekend, we only spotted 1 other camper in the area. As I had explored the trails near the west end of the Canyon on our last visit, I decided to explore some of the side canyon's located east of our camp this time. The following pics are from a couple of day hikes I took during our last visit.
Our camp under the cottonwoods, one of the few places that offers all day shade in the canyon.
View of the oasis from the ridge above camp.
As you hike through the canyon you will find several plaques with information about unique geologic features, some of which are over 32 million years old.
According to the sign, this exposed layer of Basalt formed nearly 27 million years ago.
Neolithic caves and rock shelters that predate the Anasazi Culture can also be found within the Canyon! Charcoal deposits within this cave indicate it may have been inhabited as early as 7000 BC.
Since mammoth remains have been found nearby, I have to wonder if the Paleo Indians who inhabited this area, ever hunted the mammoths by driving them over the edge of some of the taller cliffs in this canyon???
Through out the canyon you will find areas where colonies of cliff swallows have built nesting sites within the sandstone walls, as well as red-tailed hawks! More to follow........