San Mateo Wilderness Loop

At the end of April, I did a 9.5 miles loop hike in the San Mateo Wilderness near Lake Elsinore. It was a cool overcast day. My favorite part of the hike was about a 2 mile section in the oak lined canyon bottom.

Path in the Wood
California Checkerbloom – April 27, 2021
Prints available

We stopped at the gnarly oak to enjoy a snack under its protection. I wandered around it’s limbs exploring various photographic compositions. The tree took on different characters from various angles. What creatures do you see in its twisted limbs?

Defending the Kingdom

As we continued up toward San Mateo Peak, I zoomed in on some interesting boulders in the chaparral.

Bowling Alley
Almost Back … to where we started

If you want to see a few more from this hike, click here.