Our Saturday ride turned out to be a bit more than we had initially planned because... there's "them thar mountains to explore." [For a complete Google Earth file of this trip see: Lime/Cabin Canyons]
We realized that we wanted to explore East Bunkerville Flats between Lime Kiln and Cabin Canyon roads. So, we trailer'd to the fork in the road.
Our first stop was up Lime Kiln road to see the fish. Those in the large tank at the trailhead were "glad to see us" to break up their lonely day under the ice. We found a trail behind the tank leading up the mountain toward Virgin Peak and took it. A fairly nice trail, steep but nice, petered out in the trees.
We backtracked back around and checked on the upper tank, which was still empty. Don't have a clue what happened to the fish.
On the way back down we took a trail down into the gulch (to find a hat that had blown off the ride previous). There was a fire ring, bench and mounds of clay "sheet shards." The jokers could have at least burned all their carton refuse in the fire ring.
In that one spot there were good examples of all the different trees within eyesight: Mesquite, Oak, Juniper, Pinyon Pine and Mountain Mahogany. We continued in the gulch until it rejoined the Lime Kiln road.
We went across East Flats, past the trail up to Middle Canyon, and onto Cabin Canyon Road. That is a great area through an all-too-infrequent old growth forest of Joshua Trees.
Up at the trailhead to Cabin Canyon we met three men who were taking pictures and reconnoitering the area. One said that he was bringing the other two because they hadn't ever seen the area. It turned out that one was one of the big wigs of the "palm" company who had just been at the electronics show in Vegas.
He showed me the phone that they had exhibited and I told him that one of my ambitions since college days was to be able to someday afford a "Palm Pilot." It hasn't happened yet; but, I offered to guide him to all the secret areas I've found when he came back, if he'd bring me a Palm Pilot. He didn't seem to jump on the offer... but you never know!
Shortly above the trailhead is a right-angled detour up the back entrance into South Valley. You can tell you're there by the "Budweiser Fence." A fence that through the years has accumulated "geocache's" of empty beer cans.
The trail isn't too tough, but narrow and steep in places. This time it was crusted in a bit of snow.
We returned back down Cabin Canyon road as planned and called it a (long) day.