We had passed the park on a previous trip , but were a little late in the day to enter . This time I was determined to visit . It was about 40 minutes from our motel in Pasadena and probably 15 degrees warmer . Luckily we had a lot of drinks with us .
We only hiked about half way up . With the extreme heat we didn't want to push ourselves . We also thought being at the top you would get a nice view , but not be able to see the most beautiful aspect of the park which is the part you are standing on .
I was very surprised there wasn't an entrance fee . We didn't stop at the visitors center . We just drove to the big parking lot near the rocks .
The area wasn't very busy although it was a Saturday . I'm not sure of the elevation here , but we did see two separate incidents of climbers overexerting themselves by going too fast . One teenage girl looked as if she was about to have an asthma attack . People like me from non desert environments really have to respect what heat and elevation can do to our bodies . No matter what our ages are . My son and I were like the turtle to the teenager's hare , she whipped by us then had to stop and we made it as far as we wanted to go first .
The park isn't a place I would return to . We had a great time and took marvelous pictures , but for us once was enough . I really did enjoy our time there though .
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