Dominating our town is Turtleback Mountain. From a distance, it’s not much – overshadowed by all the other mountains. But from Main Street, it is the center of our landscape. The rock formation on the summit resembles a turtle, but a few folks have had trouble finding it. Last summer I made a postcard to sell at the local market helping folks see it:
Turtleback is the foreground for sunrises for many folks here and it catches the last light of the day. You’ll see it in many of my photos and I’ll refer to it often.
There’s a trail to the top, but it’s a formidable hike – steep in places, with loose rock. It’s sort of a must-do hike, but I haven’t completed it. We hike the first part often just for the exercise – it starts out steeply – a good aerobic workout. There are many different kinds of small crystals scattered about parts of the mountain. And lovely cactus flowers in the spring.