I continued on into the canyon in search of wildflowers where there was really no easy way to go.
Fortunately the local residents, Bighorn Sheep, made trails throughout the area
which I took full advantage of and made for much easier hiking.
I think you can just make out the sheep trail. Just imagine them taking the same route over and over again throughout the years and eventually the rocks get displaced creating a path.
This is a Clustered Barrel Cactus so named for they grow in clusters.
"I'd rather be alone". There's always someone who has to be different.
It is difficult to tell but the cactus is about 10 inches across.
Those spines are real hard and you could sew heavy cloth with them as a needle.
I noticed some of the rocks had splashes of white to them but didn't pay much attention to it thinking it was just bird doo. Then I saw this outcropping and realized it was the rock itself.
Then I remembered earlier seeing on my map Marble Mountains Wilderness.
Huh! And so it was...marble.