Trip Report: White Mountains or Bust! (California /Nevada, USA) Day 1

We packed up carefully in the early morning and headed into Cottonwood Basin. All limestone up here. Saw a coyote right at the start, “leading” us to the start of the ridge descent

Editors note: the posts in this series are excerpts from Jason’s field notes.

Day 1 — 20180727: We packed up carefully in the early morning and headed into Cottonwood Basin. All limestone up here. Saw a coyote right at the start, “leading” us to the start of the ridge descent. We found a nice population of what might be Caloplaca parviloba just as we reached the first meadows at the bottom. We found some nice Caloplaca tominii in the main meadow, which seems to be recovering nicely, with hardly any sign of the trails or grazing which I remember from 20 years ago. We decided this would be a good place to periodically monitor soil crust communities with a drone.

Continue reading “Trip Report: White Mountains or Bust! (California /Nevada, USA) Day 1”