Today we went back to the Franklin Mountains State Park, this time on Trans Mountain, and hiked a short way up the Smuggler's trail. Once again, what we saw was just amazing. At least half a dozen varieties of daisies, plus several other things, such as flax, wild radish, verbena, a low bush that had Phacelia type inflorescences, and a white-flowered bush. The most surprising to me was a true fern, which was easily identifiable as Astrolepis cochisensis ssp. cochisensis.
Walking this trail revealed the amazing variety of plants that survive and thrive in a desert environment. The mountains that look barren from a distance are anything but.
We also had a bird sighting: an orange-crowned warbler. This trail is definitely worth a visit.