As we neared the head of the Lost mine trail we found ourselves rising in
elevation such that we noticed the emergence of bone fide trees in a field of ancient volcanoes referred to as the Green Gulch. Trees were once abundant here until the miners virtually striped the landscape of them. Then in the 1940’s, cattle overgrazed it down to a “desert scrub”.
The last 60 years of protection has led to a slow development back towards thicker vegitation, but its still not what it once was.