Well, you’d have to be Squirrel-sized or smaller to consider Mammillaria dioica cacti clusters a forest, but there are in fact many, many of these lovely miniature bouquets to be seen in the Yaqui Well Trail area, at least from the lofty view of human perspective. Be prepared to stoop a bit for a good macro camera shot of the March-April petals that adorn their foreheads. Yaqui Well Trail begins near the tall Fan Palm along Yaqui Pass Road near Tamariski Grove Campground.
The trail to the west of the campground is a relatively easy jaunt, and within the first 200 yards along a sometimes rocky hike, clusters of Mammillaria begin to spread their way south to the lower vehicle access road in the bottom of San Felipe Creek. The road also offers easy access to hidden Yaqui Well about a mile and a half to the west, but the trail will also lead you there on higher ground. Mammillaria dioica like well-drained slopes, but they seem not to prefer the wind that at times blows down the canyon toward the Salton Sink. In windy conditions the flowers close to save energy and await calmer conditions when bees are more apt to be flying.
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