Monday, December 19, 2005

Hiking the Scar

Yes, there is a trail up "The Scar," a.k.a. Queens Canyon Quarry. But, no, it's not open. I asked for information on it a few days ago and found out it is only open a few days a year on official "hike the scar days."
The rest of the time, it's set aside as a big horn sheep preserve.
I can remember in high school in the early 1990s, mowing lawns to make money during the summer, and going to drop off the clippings at the end of the day on the scar. The idea was to use all of the city's clippings to mulch the massive bare rock face so it could eventually come back to life. Even then, the big horns were there. They would come up to our truck as we shoveled the bed clear and nibble the fresh, green clippings.
The sheep are still there, now eating natural grass growing on the mulch. We'll just have to wait a while to see them.


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