We camped at the Pine Canyon primitive site closest to the trailhead the night before embarking on our trek, and enjoyed a magnificent sunset reflected off the clouds and the cliffs of the Sierra de Carmen, topped with their prominent ‘shot tower’ formation. Morning brought the hike, and the landscape began as high desert but gradually changed over to grassland before we passed a few, lone, scraggly pine trees and dropped into the canyon. There, we were enveloped by lush flora including a huge number of peeling Texas Madrones. The route crossed and recrossed the dry streambed as we inched upward. Soon, we found ourselves doing a bit of scrambling up steeper parts of the rocky trail. As we emerged in the clearing below the falls, the mosquitoes began their feast. Note to Self: ALWAYS PACK BUG REPELLANT. The spot was otherwise beautiful, despite the lack of water. The basin had received close to an inch of rain the day before, but either none fell in this watershed, or it hadn’t trickled its way here yet. One week later it was running. If properly embalmed with mosquito repellant, this would be a great place to take a nap or catch some high noon rays. We were driven back down the trail, though. The spectacular view that we enjoyed on the way down was reminiscent of trails I’ve hiked in the San Juans of Southwest Colorado. All in all an enjoyable hike, but take some bug repellant!