Yep, even though I have not posted anything about it, we have managed to hike all four of these areas in the past few weeks. Classified as easy, all are about 4 miles round trip with vertical gains ranging from 300 feet to 700 feet. We have been to these places before at different times of the year with the exception of the Jungle Creek Trail. It was really interesting to see the seasonal changes in vegetation. Bob recently sent out a short trail report email with some of the photos we both took so some of these may be repeats.
There were several wildflowers in bloom and unlike the really dry year there is lots of water running in the streams.
Crossing the stream
This little guy posed for a picture
View from Goose Rock
One log bridge with railing
View from the trail looking up at the mountains
Some of many cut logs from downed trees
Yellow Stream Violets
The Jungle Creek Trail is an offshoot of the Johnson Medra trail. We had originally planned to go to De Roux [Esmeralda Basin, in the Teanaway] where the Mountaineer’s nature class had gone and where we knew we would find plenty of wildflowers but the road was closed about two miles from the trail head so we turned around and took this other trail closer to the Beverly Campground. This offshoot trail didn’t seem as if it was used much, we just met one woman on horseback with two dogs, otherwise we had the trail all to ourselves.
A view of Mt. Stuart from the car
One of two deer we saw
The sign to Jungle Creek trail tacked on a tree
Trillium--thousands blooming along the trail, some in first white bloom and others like this one at the last of the bloom in bright purple.
Orange Indian Paintbrush
Both sides of the trail bracketed in Paintbrush
Yellow Paintbrush (not often seen)
We came upon several patches of Columbines
The roadside was covered in Arrowleaf Balsam-root