Mormon Rocks – Cajon Pass
Mormon Rocks located about 1 mile west of the Interstate 15 freeway north of highway 138 is recognizable to nearly everyone who has ever traveled the freeway from the Cajon Pass to Las Vegas. These familiar formations appear to welcome travelers to the Mojave Desert.
The sandstone was pushed up by a sub-fault of the San Andreas fault and further revealed by the Mojave Block changing direction in slope toward Death Valley rather than the ocean.
Older maps of the area show the formation as being called the Rock Candy Mountains. Local legend has it that the rocks were named for the Mormon pioneers who camped here after their descent from the pass ridgeline. In actuality, there was no reason for them to camp at these rocks where there was no water here with the nearest spring being only one mile further down the canyon.
Another legend calls the rocks the ‘Chanting Rocks,’ as when the wind would blow across the portholes in the rocks it was said the sound made was similar to a low chanting or singing.
Since the color and composition appears to be the same as the rocks at the Devil’s Punchbowl, 35 miles to the west, it has been suggessted that both were once the same and that with movement along the San Andreas these two formations were split apart. Scientific examination of fossils found between the two show that they are two separate formations.
Lone Pine Canyon, I’ve heard it said, is a young canyon formed by the San Andreas Fault. Here, looking eastward, we can see how straight the canyon is. It hasn’t had time to form the meanders and side canyons that it would have if were much older.
On the right side of this picture in the Pacific plate. On the left, the North American plate. Slowly, these two tectonic entities grind together ultimately forming our mountain ranges in their slow swirl.
Everything changes. Some things don’t change fast though. Maybe daily, or hourly, even moment by moment. Without the inclusion of the work done by man, this photo may represent what things looked like one hundred years ago, or even older all the way up until now. It would look just like this. The weather will be different, but it will still be beautiful.
Looking down the East San Gabriel Canyon into a clouded-over Southern California
Just the other day Mike, Gabby (our Vizsla) and I took a hike up Mt. Baden-Powell. We went relatively early to avoid the afternoon heat and just had the best time. It’s 4 miles up to the summit (with 41 switchbacks) and on top the views are spectactular. There is a monument dedicated to the Boy Scouts on top and a metal sign-in box. Take a moment to read who’s been up there and then sign it yourself. Keeps things interesting. On the summit ridge are 2000-year-old limber pines, with one of the largest being “Waldron Tree”. The elevation at the top is 9399′ with an elevation gain of 2800′ from the parking lot at Vincent Gap, so take your time on the way up and bring plenty of water and snacks. As you can see from the pics, the afternoon thunder storms were visible to the East, so we headed down early, but not so soon that we didn’t enjoy the feeling of being on top of the world. Shawn
Yes, you are correct–it is much cooler up here in the mountains!!!
Usually 10-15 degrees cooler & we have shade!
No kidding —click here— to check. Come on up!!!
So Friday, June 29th from 5:30 – 7:30pm in our parking lot. Free hot dogs, soda and water. The bands are both new to our concert in the parking lot. If you saw the Mountaineer Progress that came out last Thursday, there is a great article about the concert and the bands. They are the Terry “Big T” DeRouen Gang and the Chase Walker Band (a sensational teenage blues trio). Bring your chairs and enjoy a great evening
Spring has been beautiful and summer is almost upon us. Now is the time for picnicking, hiking, and mountain biking! When it does get hot, remember that it’s usually 10-15 degrees cooler here in the mountains.
Also whenever in the Angeles National Forest you will also need an Adventure Pass– $5.00 per day or $30.00 for a year we can supply that for you. Please remember to always pick up and take home any trash as this will make it nicer for the next visitor.
Yes, the Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) is now open. You can now drive all the way from the 210 Freeway east to the 138 through the Angeles National Forest. Of course you will want to stop at Newcomb’s Ranch for a drink or something to eat. From Newcomb’s the Angeles Crest Highway traverses the High Country. This is some of the most spectacular county of the Angeles. The picture to the left was taken in the Buckhorn area on 6/3/11 it is a great shot of a snow plant. This time of the year there are many of these along the highway. Also keep an eye out for the Bighorn Sheep in the area around the tunnels. Best time to see them is early in the morning or an hour or so before dusk. Then continue east to the town of Wrightwood and plan on sometime there to walk the streets and see the shops and restaurants.
Just think of this beautiful county is just a short drive from you home. I think of this as my big backyard. It is hard to beleive that you are still in So. Ca.
I hope you have a great trip
I hiked the trail for the first time with my 10 year old son and had a great time taking in all the scenery. It was around 8:30 am we started and on the way back it was warmer we startled a rattlesnake which startled us but it was amazing to see. Kept walking and saw another snake but not sure what kind it was black with red markings and it was quick. Definatly doing it again it was beautiful. melissa davis