Starting in mid-afternoon on Sunday, I hiked the Pine Creek Loop and then, once I got midway through the loop, Ballantine out to Boulder Flat and back, finishing the loop on my return. Trail conditions were better than when I was last there in September. Temps were in the high eighties, good gradual acclimation for summertime hiking here. Total distance was 7.7 miles with 1700 feet of total ascent.
Prickly Pear blossom:
A boulder pile near Boulder Flat.