To beat the heat, we hiked in after sunset and reached the campsite at 1030pm. Along the way the owls were singing in the darkness of the moonless night. With our headlamps off the only light was from the countless stars drifting in the inky black sky. We stayed awake until 130am enjoying the pleasant night air and a chorus of nocturnal insects.
Just before dawn four planets arced overhead and a small sliver of a moon peaked out from behind the distant ridgeline.
This area is in a years long drought and the creek is mostly dry. All the creek crossings we walked through, a month ago were flowing but are now just dust and dried algae. Only this oasis remained, still deep enough to hide the bottom and to be a haven for small fish.
We packed up and headed back to the trailhead early, but the temperature was already rising. When we reached the cars around 9am it was already too hot. Doing a night hike in was the right choice.