“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel all as it should be.” – Anne Frank
Why This Mountain?
Tami chose to hike Ryan Mountain because it is located in Joshua Tree in Southern California. This is a National Park that Tami always wanted to visit when she lived in Los Angeles but somehow never got to see. She plans to take full advantage of seeing the amazing desert sunrise and stars.
Mountain & Route Facts
Ryan Mountain is a 5,456 feet (1,663 m) high mountain in Joshua Tree National Park. The trail to the peak is a strenuous hike, but popular attraction of the park, because it leads to panoramic views of Lost Horse Valley, Queen Valley, and Pleasant Valley. It is one of the locations in Joshua Tree that features abundant lichen populations. It is named after J.D. Ryan, a wealthy rancher and early mining operator in the park.
The main trail to the summit is the Ryan Mountain Trail. It’s approximately 2.8 miles round trip with 1,269′. Tami added a 5.5 mile hike in Joshua Tree via the Boy Scout Trail do the Willow Tree trail to see the Wonderland part of the park.
Historical and Cultural Information
Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. Declared a U.S. National Park in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act (Public Law 103-433), it had previously been a U.S. National Monument since 1936. It is named for the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the park. It covers a land area of 790,636 acres (1,235.37 sq mi; 3,199.59 km2) – an area slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island. A large part of the park, some 429,690 acres (173,890 ha), is a designated wilderness area. Straddling the San Bernardino County/Riverside County border, the park includes parts of two deserts, each an ecosystem whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation: the higher Mojave Desert and lower Colorado Desert. The Little San Bernardino Mountains run through the southwest edge of the park.
California is the most populous state in the US. It is also the third most extensive in area (after Alaska and Texas). Los Angeles is the second most populous city in the US behind New York. The state’s capitol is Sacramento, which is located in Northern California.
California contains both the highest point (Mount Whitney) and the lowest point (Death Valley) in the contiguous United States. Earthquakes are common because of the state’s location along the Pacific Ring of Fire. About 37,000 earthquakes are recorded each year, but most are too small to be felt.
What is now California was first settled by various Native American tribes before being explored by a number of European expeditions during the 16th and 17th centuries. It was then claimed by the Spanish Empire as part of Alta California in the larger territory of New Spain. Alta California became a part of Mexico in 1821 following its successful war for independence, but was ceded to the United States in 1848 after the Mexican–American War. The western portion of Alta California was organized as the State of California, which was admitted as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. The California Gold Rush starting in 1848 led to dramatic social and demographic changes, with large-scale immigration from the east and abroad with an accompanying economic boom.