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After climbing a gap between hills where the old connector road should be, I've ended up above the road to Tough Nut Mine Down at the bottom of the hill live many happy yuccas, some blooming, and spiky cholla cactiThumbnails I hike up the old road to Tough Nut Mine, which hasn't been used by vehicles in many years and is slowly returning to natureDown at the bottom of the hill live many happy yuccas, some blooming, and spiky cholla cactiThumbnails I hike up the old road to Tough Nut Mine, which hasn't been used by vehicles in many years and is slowly returning to natureDown at the bottom of the hill live many happy yuccas, some blooming, and spiky cholla cactiThumbnails I hike up the old road to Tough Nut Mine, which hasn't been used by vehicles in many years and is slowly returning to natureDown at the bottom of the hill live many happy yuccas, some blooming, and spiky cholla cactiThumbnails I hike up the old road to Tough Nut Mine, which hasn't been used by vehicles in many years and is slowly returning to natureDown at the bottom of the hill live many happy yuccas, some blooming, and spiky cholla cactiThumbnails I hike up the old road to Tough Nut Mine, which hasn't been used by vehicles in many years and is slowly returning to nature

Yes, that is a pine tree in the desert. I didn't spot any tracks of the old connector road, but I know I'm in the right place, albeit higher up the hill than envisaged.

From here, I'll be heading off to my right, up the eastward stretch of the road that rises to Tough Nut Mine (not visible here).

My orienteering skills definitely need some practice, and practice is what I'm getting today. It's fun!