Survey of Coyote Mountain

January 15, 2011

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On January 15, 2011, I participated in "botanizing trip" to Coyote Mountain with Tom Chester, an amateur botanist who blogs on a Web site of his own at

Most of the time we followed an old jeep trail roughly north. I turned around at the end of the jeep trail, but Tom Chester and some others went higher.

I never traversed the southernmost part of the jeep trail. We started from the Pegleg Smith Monument and took a social trail directly to the jeep trail. On the way back, I tried to follow the jeep trail all the way but took a wrong turn near the south end and ended up on a social trail running slightly to the east.

Pegleg Smith Monument is noted for its pile of rocks, thrown there by visitors seeking good luck. We found a few other piles of rocks on and near the jeep trail. In most cases, their rationale is unknown, although one of them, in the shape of an arrow, directs northbound hikers to the proper branch of the trail.

The position of the jeep trail as shown on the topo is not completely accurate. It shows the trail running off the edge of a very steep slope in one place. I assure you that the trail stays on ridge!

After the hike, I surveyed some parts of Rockhouse Rd., Highway S22 and Henderson Canyon Rd., mostly for positioning. It showed that a sharp curve in Highway S22 was straightened a bit after the topo was compiled.

Transcript of survey.
Image annotations.
Data plotted on topo

Philip J. Erdelsky