"This remote route to Mt. Wrightson’s upper reaches lifts off humbly, beside a quiet, perennial stream, heading southwest. The effusive lushness that springs from the marriage of shade and water in southwestern canyons produces a convivial jumble of plant life: agaves, yuccas, barrel cacti, prickly pear cacti, bear grass, rose mallows, penstemons, woodsorrels, sages, cat-claw bushes, Arizona cypress, alligator and one-seed junipers, and ponderosa pines. Snakes—including rattlesnakes—inhabit the area as well, so stay alert. If you are very lucky, you might spot a coati or some white-tailed deer foraging at the streamside."