A couple weeks ago I went for a drive in the mojave desert. My first stop was to hike to the Cow Cove petroglyph site and explore the adjacent areas looking for more glyphs. I found a few more, but I've decided to not give the exact location in order to help protect them. People with a sincere interest can similarly explore the nearby rock formations and find them.
Here's a snake I almost stepped on. It was sunning itself on the path to Cow Cove. Apparently, it's called a Mojave Patch-Nosed snake. Neat.
Heading back toward Baker, I decided to venture off I-15 and explore some areas on the NW side of the highway. In particular, I drove BLM routes on both sides of Turquoise Mountain.
I wanted to visit a low mesa I saw in Google Earth (here's a google map centered on that mesa). I saw trails in the satellite imagery, and was surprised to find almost all of them displayed on my Garmin Nuvi map. After taking the Halloran Summit exit, I just kept following the Carsonite signs until the trail got pretty rugged. As it was, I had to get out and move a couple 16" diameter boulders from the road.
I hiked to the western edge of that mesa. Here's a photo showing the high point to the south.
Here's the top of Turquoise Mountain from that mesa vantage point (and my camera's 12x zoom).
Later in the day I was driving some trails on the west side of Turquoise Mountain and here's a shot taken from that side.
I hiked Turquoise many years ago. More accurately: I drove up to the tower facility and walked up a very short trail to the summit marker.
Before I returned to Baker, I had to pull off a powerline service road to let a short caravan of trucks pass.