I crawled inside to see if anything interesting was going on. Nope.
Very imposing as we look up about 400'. It is very crumbly on this face. These scenarios are always a little nerve-wracking for me. There were some very large rocks appearing to just sort of be dangling up there.
Cool looking tree.
As I moved along, the rock cliffed-out and I thought I would have to head back up the way I came down. Instead, I kept kind of poking my way south because more rock pushed up down a bit further. I thought this was the end of the trip, but the mountain kept going.
Interesting formation. I do not remember if that forms an arch or if it's just the angle.
I saw a potential cave ahead, so I kept pushing south. While on the way, I found this large overhang:
Above that cave is a small area. I almost climbed up here and just decided not to for whatever reason. I think there may be some other interesting things up there.
This is the southern-most point of the rocks. It feels like you're at the bottom of the world as you stare up that sheer rock. Considering it is only .5 miles from this point to my starting point and it is an 800' elevation change, that feeling is sort of understandable.
From here, there's nowhere to go but up, so I began the trudge back up to the road, this time along the other side of the rocks.
There are quite a few of these little false caves throughout here. But...if you want to know for sure, you have to check them all out. I did not today, especially on the second half of this trip.
Still down towards the bottom, this spire shoots out.
See that tree?
It is far from uncommon for a tree to be seemingly growing straight out of the rocks, or at least on a precariously small amount of dirt on the rocks. But, to see a tree of this size doing that is pretty rare.
This was from a huge madrone tree. The Pacific Northwest (and down to Central California) is the only place on Earth where madrones grow and they are unique tree.
Leaves were turning while I was there in early October.
Up along the road, there was a huge patch of these irises.