View of the river from the rim
Last week the hike was to Mud Mountain and the White River Rim trail near Enumclaw, Washington. It is a park and has a big parking lot, two children's play areas, a nice, clean, flush toilet restroom (always a plus), and also a privy or outhouse about one mile from the trail head. These details can be important when one is spending most of the day in the woods.
There was a profusion of mostly tiny wildflowers in bloom, things like Lily of the Valley, Fringe Cup, False and Star Solomon’s Seal and others. There were a few Salmon berry blossoms but also many berries had set already. The Trilliums were finished blooming. We saw, I think, 24 different kinds of flowers in bloom. I took some photos but tried not to double up on those varieties that I have posted previously. I am still learning the names of the plants, corrections are always welcome. The day was just about perfect, mixed clouds and sunshine, not too warm, not much mud on the trail, and a river to sit by while eating lunch. It was 5 miles round trip making it the longest hike to date for me to attempt. We started out at 1300 feet and dropped down to about 1000 feet or less, thus the up hill elevation gain was approximately 300 feet. Most of that was on the return trip after lunch so it felt like a lot more work than it really was.
Here are a few pictures --
Large leaf Aven
Lily of the Valley
Hooker Fairy Bell
Youth on Age
Two large trees growing on a "nurse log" or downed tree stump.
Large or False Solomon's Seal
Star Solomon's Seal
Bleeding Heart & Star Solomon's Seal
Carpet of Lily of the Valley
Devil's Club with buds, almost ready to bloom