There are plenty of weird things that you see out on the trail. Things that in the esteemed words of our C+C Music forefathers, make you go hmmm. When I heard about a weird circle of rocks in the Deukmejian wilderness, I knew I had to go and check it out for myself.
It was another beautiful but windy day here in SoCal when I found myself at the Deuk.
The trail start off on a rather rocky track
that follows the Dunsmore Canyon trail but then veers off to the right and heads into the mountains.
If you are a person who loves switchbacks then you might want to take this trail to Vegas and marry it. From here on out it is a 1,000 foot elevation gain with as many switchbacks as you care to hike.
The trail itself is a rugged little guy
which has been made less rugged by the efforts of Karen and all the other great trail building volunteers in the park. They have really been working hard on this trail recently and the evidence is everywhere.
What also is evident is how quickly the park has bounced back from the effects of the fire back in the late 2000s. While there were burnt trees littering the trail, there was also lots of new green growth everywhere and the park is looking in top notch shape.
Eventually, the switchbacks mercifully stop and you make it to the aforementioned circle of rocks. You can go further, the trail will take you to a saddle and then eventually on to Mt. Lukens but today was all about rocks, as the first picture can attest.
What possessed someone to do this? To take rocks up or down the mountain and make them into a circle? I have no idea what the answer is but it certainly is a fun weird hike to do and one that I recommend you take!