|Mother Lode Mine|
|Scarlet Gilia (Skyrocket)|
|All day Trail Ride, aka The Easy Way Up|
|Near the summit (6926'), sagebrush and balsam (or sunflowers) grow in the meadows|
|Mountain is made of rocks|
|Arrowleaf Balsam Root - near the top, nearly done blooming|
|Our dog meets their dog. |
Near the summit, open areas abound, surrounded by Pine Forest and some Firs.
|We started our hike wading through endless lakes of Lupine|
|Bella casually waiting for the slowpoke humans to catch up.|
|Start of center trail leading directly south to Mother Lode Mine, most direct route to summit.|
|At the summit, found these crazy colorful pods growing in the protected crevices of rocks. |
Woman whom we met said they
|Nestled in the crevice - purplish, spotted pods|
|Often growing next to the yellow flowering Sedum, the|
|One to one & a half foot tall stems with five petaled pink flowers opening up the stem.|
Got no idea. Kind of like Clarkia or possibly a Larkspur?
|Single lobe on top. Tri-split on bottom lobe. Yellow center. |
The jungle of leaves surrounding this pretty pink specimen made it impossible to help in identifying.
Possibly Lowbush Penstemon?
|Not familiar with this short yellow flower either.|
|Don't know this one. Growing at the lower (6000') elevation.|
Similar to Brown-Eyed Susans.
|California Corn Lilies|
|Bella & Buttercups (?)|
|Columbine and Forget-me-nots|
|Mystery flower. Dusty sage elongated leaves with orange bloom. Low-growing|
|At mine - near head of trail looking northeast|
|Phenomenal 360 degree view|
|Looking west towards Cascade Mountains|
And if, anyone reading this dares to dispute, bring it on.
A very good hike.