by Mike P
24 Jan 2018, 07:01
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Orchard Camp via headlamps!
Replies: 16
Views: 375

Re: Orchard Camp via headlamps!

HikeUp,

I was looking for newts at the beginning of my "Where Am I" trip but didn't see any. (hint) Maybe not wet enough yet for them...?

California Newts are generally not smooth-skinned, have a different shaped tail, beefier legs, and the eyes are set differently from ensatinas.
by Mike P
24 Jan 2018, 06:52
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Where Am I?
Replies: 9
Views: 208

Re: Where Am I?

HikeUp wrote: IceHouse Canyon near Cedar Glen ?

No...you can see the city. Front Range...
Not Icehouse.
Yes, you can see the a city. Front range.. :)
by Mike P
24 Jan 2018, 04:30
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Orchard Camp via headlamps!
Replies: 16
Views: 375

Re: Orchard Camp via headlamps!

Holy cow! That's an ensatina salamander; a Monterey Ensatina, to be exact. Nice! Don't see those too often in the Gabes.

Thanks for not stepping on him or her.
by Mike P
24 Jan 2018, 04:18
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Bizarre Death In Glacier National Park
Replies: 20
Views: 437

Re: Bizarre Death In Glacier National Park

dima wrote: What's fake-sounding about it? Without thinking too hard, it all seems plausible.
Hi dima! It's my intuition, I suppose. It's certainly plausible but something doesn't look right about the scene. But, hey, if the proof is good, I'll be a believer!
by Mike P
25 Oct 2017, 15:40
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Snake ID requested
Replies: 4
Views: 494

Re: Snake ID requested

Small point: Bullsnakes are a midwestern subspecies of the Gopher snake...
by Mike P
27 Jul 2017, 06:46
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Intergrade Pacific Rattlesnake?
Replies: 9
Views: 388

A little late on the action here...

I have seen this gun metal blue color variation in Fish Canyon above Azusa which is obviously pure Southern Pacific.

Where did you see this beauty? What made you think this snake is an intergrade?
by Mike P
04 Jul 2017, 02:37
Forum: Admin & Tech Support
Topic: New Emoticons Added
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Sean:55796 wrote:They also like to get down and boogie.
Ursine pole dancing!
by Mike P
02 Jul 2017, 02:35
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Guffy Gate - Open or closed?
Replies: 3
Views: 265

<t>I spoke with Big Pines Information Station two weeks ago and they said the gate was closed. The road down to Lupine was in bad condition. He wasn't sure when the gate was going to be open. The gate to the Pine Mountain trailhead was also closed further down Blue Ridge. The volunteer or ranger sai...
by Mike P
28 Jun 2017, 03:51
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: EisPiraten's Quiz #2
Replies: 19
Views: 753

7 out of 10. I also missed 3, 4, and 7!

My self-esteem took a hit. No participation awards?
by Mike P
14 Jun 2017, 06:30
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Anyone ever see a ringtail?
Replies: 13
Views: 5.4K

<r>Yes, I had pictures from my camera three years ago. See this discussion: <URL url="http://sangabrielmnts.myfreeforum.org/about5584.html&highlight=ringtail"><s>[url=http://sangabrielmnts.myfreeforum.org/about5584.html&highlight=ringtail]</s>First Camera Pics and Ringtail<e>[/url]</e></URL>...
by Mike P
14 Jun 2017, 06:18
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Rattlesnake Talk This Saturday in San Dimas
Replies: 3
Views: 1.2K

bapolis:55609 wrote:Do they plan on doing any more in the future?
Darn it! I didn't check the boards in the last few days. We just had the talk again last Saturday. Full house... We'll do it next year.
by Mike P
20 May 2017, 05:40
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Islip Saddle - South Fork - Vincent Gap - PCT Loop
Replies: 11
Views: 1.2K

Nice, Elwood! Good to see your report. We are thinking about doing South Fork to Vincent Gap in a couple of weeks or so. Thanks for the info!
by Mike P
08 May 2017, 03:36
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: What kind of bird is this?
Replies: 5
Views: 329

HikeUp:55438 wrote:You 'saw' a Turkey Vulture and a Western Bluebird.
LOL! I agree with HikeUp with what you 'saw'.
by Mike P
13 Apr 2017, 07:05
Forum: Admin & Tech Support
Topic: Forum Ownership Change Request
Replies: 12
Views: 1.2K

Thanks, Sean! Absolutely... please take over the forum! You're doing a great job, just as Travis and Taco had done before you.
by Mike P
04 Mar 2017, 16:57
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: What kind of bird was this?
Replies: 6
Views: 556

Were those feathers associated with the tail region of the skeleton?
Approximately how big/large (lengthwise) was the skeleton (head to tail)?
Yup, it could be a Golden Eagle.
by Mike P
03 Mar 2017, 04:02
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: What kind of bird was this?
Replies: 6
Views: 556

Guessing here... it would help to see a good pic of the skull... Red-tailed Hawk.
by Mike P
18 Feb 2017, 20:33
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Bald Eagle nestlings
Replies: 7
Views: 717

Tom Kenney:54961 wrote:Didn't know they nested this far south.  That's very cool!
Richard is in Florida...
by Mike P
01 Dec 2016, 06:32
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Bison & Foxes
Replies: 4
Views: 705

What he said!
HikeUp:54591 wrote:saw
by Mike P
28 Sep 2016, 08:19
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Paso Frog
Replies: 5
Views: 1.3K

A little tardy on the reply... that is a California Toad. Nice picture!
by Mike P
19 Jul 2016, 05:16
Forum: Sierra Nevadas
Topic: Half Dome
Replies: 5
Views: 1.2K

Nice!
by Mike P
30 May 2016, 05:46
Forum: Out-of-state
Topic: Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Wales: May, 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1.4K

Well done, HikeUp! Love the bird pics!
by Mike P
04 Apr 2016, 04:55
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Spring - Santa Clara Divide
Replies: 8
Views: 1.5K

Yup. Spanish Broom = bad deal.
by Mike P
30 Mar 2016, 16:28
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whitney Lottery
Replies: 11
Views: 2.3K

We always just show up for a lottery pick in Sept. Have never been shut out yet.
by Mike P
07 Mar 2016, 03:46
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Alligators
Replies: 1
Views: 783

Thanks, Richard! Cool photos.
by Mike P
02 Mar 2016, 06:11
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Solo San Antonio Ridge Traverse
Replies: 16
Views: 3.9K

One of these days...
by Mike P
19 Feb 2016, 02:54
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: East Fork Big Santa Anita Creek
Replies: 11
Views: 2.6K

Glad the newts are up and about. Mating season is coming up now.
by Mike P
12 Feb 2016, 18:21
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Obama to designate chunk of San Gabriel Mountains a national
Replies: 62
Views: 15.7K

<r><QUOTE author="SGBob:53083"><s>[quote="SGBob:53083"]</s><QUOTE author="walker:53079"><s>[quote="walker:53079"]</s>Most of the positive examples mentioned here started as individual private parcels or enterprises grandfathered in from another era when such things were undertaken on a smaller scale...
by Mike P
31 Dec 2015, 08:00
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: youtube:bear cub interaction w/ mountain bikers - June 2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1.8K

<r><QUOTE author="captpeeve:52868"><s>[quote="captpeeve:52868"]</s><QUOTE author="Mike P:52818"><s>[quote="Mike P:52818"]</s>Breaks my heart...<e>[/quote]</e></QUOTE> Very sad how the drought has impacted everything. Btw, is it protocol to report sightings? Just curious.<e>[/quote]</e></QUOTE> No, i...
by Mike P
29 Dec 2015, 05:02
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Register Ridge Trail
Replies: 20
Views: 2.5K

Baldy shouldn't be snow-bare for long!!!!
by Mike P
17 Dec 2015, 06:23
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: youtube:bear cub interaction w/ mountain bikers - June 2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1.8K

Breaks my heart...
by Mike P
14 Dec 2015, 05:56
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Arroyo Seco: a semi-urban safari
Replies: 22
Views: 3.4K

Thanks, dima for the trip. Amazing!

Also, the two-striped garter snake was cool. Good to see that they are still in the Arroyo.
by Mike P
30 Nov 2015, 05:49
Forum: Sierra Nevadas
Topic: Trail & Snow Conditions: Minaret Summit & Beyond, 11
Replies: 1
Views: 561

Beautiful! Looking forward to your trip report.
by Mike P
20 Nov 2015, 05:18
Forum: Gear & Fitness
Topic: Handmade Maps
Replies: 11
Views: 3.6K

<r><QUOTE author="Sean:52547"><s>[quote="Sean:52547"]</s><QUOTE author="Mike P:52518"><s>[quote="Mike P:52518"]</s>Still trying to figure out the year this was made...<br/> <br/> <br/> It's a real estate map, of course, for Chester Gillmore & Son. The business is still around (Gillmore Real Esta...
by Mike P
16 Nov 2015, 15:58
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Wilderness Crest Trail (Cucamonga Peak)
Replies: 57
Views: 3.8K

Thanks!!!! What's the road condition up to Joe Elliott?
by Mike P
07 Sep 2015, 03:24
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: As promised, alligators
Replies: 3
Views: 998

Great pics! Thanks Richard!
by Mike P
24 Aug 2015, 01:41
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Etiwanda Peak
Replies: 3
Views: 1.3K

Thanks Uncle Rico! Etiwanda is my favorite peak on that end of the range. Thankfully, it is far enough away to scare off all but the dedicated...
by Mike P
18 Aug 2015, 02:30
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Cabin Fire - shit!
Replies: 16
Views: 4.6K

<r><QUOTE author="walker:51961"><s>[quote="walker:51961"]</s><QUOTE><s>[quote]</s>Yep Mike. A couple of googles today revealed to me that there is a supposed trail up Bichota to Rattlesnake!? Time to renovate that one! <e>[/quote]</e></QUOTE> A few years after the Curve fire, I managed to navigate t...
by Mike P
18 Aug 2015, 02:24
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Obama to designate chunk of San Gabriel Mountains a national
Replies: 62
Views: 15.7K

Maybe the Monument will kill the ridiculous bullet train.
by Mike P
10 Aug 2015, 05:19
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: warning: probable active grow site
Replies: 20
Views: 7.0K

scottawr:51916 wrote:Dispensary pot is not grown in the mountains it's grown in houses with electricity and water.
I bet not all of that crap is grown that way...
by Mike P
08 Aug 2015, 06:17
Forum: Admin & Tech Support
Topic: Stickers! Stickers! Stickers!
Replies: 158
Views: 35.5K

Count me in for more stickers, simonov! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
by Mike P
27 Jul 2015, 06:54
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Highest altitude for rattlesnakes?
Replies: 20
Views: 26.6K

Just below Etiwanda Peak last summer.
by Mike P
11 Jul 2015, 04:13
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Hoegees -- Water?
Replies: 17
Views: 4.8K

That's a fun loop, HJ! Have a great time!
by Mike P
06 Jul 2015, 05:20
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: What kind of raptor?
Replies: 4
Views: 2.0K

Agree with arocknoid. (Nice detail!)

Immature red-tailed hawk.

(If that was a broad-winged or an aplomado, someone better send out a rare bird alert!!!  :lol: )
by Mike P
02 Jul 2015, 05:07
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: This Year's Fawn Crop
Replies: 3
Views: 1.1K

This Year's Fawn Crop

<r>Twins have been hanging around lately:<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://gallery.myff.org/gallery/1897433/IMG_0067.JPG"><s>[url=http://gallery.myff.org/gallery/1897433/IMG_0067.JPG]</s><IMG src="http://gallery.myff.org/gallery/1897433/IMG_0067.JPG"><s>[img]</s>http://gallery.myff.org/gallery/1897433/IM...
by Mike P
28 Jun 2015, 21:56
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: A mine and a gully to Devil's Canyon
Replies: 30
Views: 8.7K

Re: A mine and a gully to Devil's Canyon

dima:51584 wrote: I'd like people to at least make a little bit of effort. Big hint: it's marked accurately on the USGS topo map.
Marked as a tunnel??? ;)
by Mike P
25 Jun 2015, 15:26
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Lake Fire -- Detailed Maps
Replies: 16
Views: 3.3K

Thanks, Jim, for all of your work on the maps.

It's so disappointing (depressing?) that the line didn't hold up on 10,000 Foot Ridge...
by Mike P
25 Jun 2015, 05:43
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Lake Fire -- Detailed Maps
Replies: 16
Views: 3.3K

That sure explains all of the smoke as viewed from the Rancho Cucamonga area today
by Mike P
24 Jun 2015, 15:06
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Lake Fire -- Detailed Maps
Replies: 16
Views: 3.3K

Dang it! It looks like Mineshaft and Big Tree were burned yesterday.
by Mike P
16 Jun 2015, 05:07
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hey, where is everyone?
Replies: 9
Views: 2.4K

Hmmm.. Did a Valley Forge backpack in May.  Hiked Trail Canyon in April almost to new Tom Lucas but didn't want to fight a poison oak wall to get there...
by Mike P
30 May 2015, 21:53
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Double snake surprise
Replies: 2
Views: 1.3K

Both are speckled rattlesnakes... specifically the Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake. (Diamond-backeds only peek into the SE corner of California.) Nice pics! It's cool to see how the speckleds' coloration match their environment.

Eagle Crag in the Cleveland National Forest?