Stiles Ranch Loop Trail, July 2003
Santa Teresa County Park
|A visually distinctive stone wall climbs the ridge along the property line between private and open space parkland. The trail parallels the wall in places as it climbs in a series of gradual switchbacks to the summit. In springtime, the trail is known for an abundance of birds and wildflowers. Year-round, it's popular with hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers.
|Cloud formations create a unique visual background to trail scenery.
|The stone wall repeatedly draws the eye along its entire length.
|Extremely dry conditions with some wildflowers still in bloom.
|Another trail user told me of an art form some distance from the main trail.
|This oversized chair sculpture faces west; as if in quiet contemplation.
|Eventually, the wall is left behind as the trail drops down into a valley.
|A trickling creek drains the surrounding watershed.
|Feather caught in the grass shows flight of wild turkey.
|Outcroppings of rock mark the trail in many places.
|Return loop portion of the trail passes by this old barn.
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