The Flowers – The very first Indian Paintbrush; orange at lake level, magenta 1000 feet up, and avalanche lillies everywhere!
The Trail – I went up about 3/4 of the way but thought twice before I made the last snowy trek before the corner. Snow is melting fast and the rocky chutes are covered in slippery snow. Going up is okay, but coming down is slippery. Spikes had nothing to bite into. I’ll finish this one when the snow is gone, but unfortunately the lillies will be gone too.
The Artsy shots – tree bark and a couple shutter-burst shots of rocks in the stream of cold mountain snow melt.
The Mountain – views were incredible after the socked-in valley of Ashford. The higher you climbed, the clearer it got.
Not many birds spotted today, but I chased this well-disguised little guy around until he lazily opened his wings. Bugs aren’t bad yet and the crowds will only grow as the holiday weekend nears.
Once the snow melts at the beginning of this trail chances are good that the rocky chutes will be melted out too.