Photos from a hike on 8/7/13 with a good friend. We didn’t get as far as we planned, but were not too disappointed. Made a note to see that part of the wilderness from another access point. The photos will give you an idea of what the trail was like.
Wild hollyhock ~ Iliamna rivularis
Douglas’ spirea, rose spirea ~ Spiraea douglasii
Crossing Devil’s Club Creek
Tiling’s monkey-flower ~ Erythranthe tilingi
Brewer’s mitrewort,feathery bishop’s-cap ~ Pectiantia breweri: This flower was new to me and I may not have the correct identification for it.
Wow, what stunning landscapes and flowers. Thank you for posting these! From the map, it looks like a steep hike! I really love the mountain views, and the snow still lingering on the peaks. Spectacular!
I’ve seen the hollyhock before but the miterwort is a new one for me. The Fringe grass of Parnassus is only the second sighting for me too, as is the Monkshood. I have already decided to visit the CMW earlier next summer to catch more of the flowers in bloom. I was very surprised to see thimbleberry still in bloom along one of the small creeks. Elsewhere they are bearing the last of their fruit.
I’m glad that you like it! I’ve decided to post more photos so to give a better idea of what these places are like.
I’m also a sucker for trail signs and have quite a collection of photos of them. Many in the more remote parts of the roadless areas go back to the 1920’s and 1930’s and it’s amazing how well preserved most of them are.
You seem to have a really high proportion of “feathery” flowers, like the Bishop’s Cap. The Hawkweed is beautiful – so vibrant. I’m starting to see a few that I recognize, like Indian Pipe. It’s like meeting an old friend along the trail.
The total number of different flower species here is mind-boggling. In just the thousand square miles that seems to be my hiking territory I have identified well over 200 different species. Now that I’m adding the 147 square miles of the CMW to that territory it appears that it will also add many more new species to that number. I’ve found four new ones on just two hikes recently and at a bad time of the year for flowers. If only I could know how they all fit into the whole of this ecology!
Love that you included the shots of the small streams running at your feet. The view does not always have to be vast and grand to be pleasing and appreciated to my eye. The orange hawkweed petals are interesting, amazing how every conceivable shape and color can probably be found in a bloom.
I’m planning another trip into the CMW in a few more days. It’s a large area, 147 square miles.
We didn’t encounter any on this hike, but we saw a beautiful elk and calf on the way to the trail head, and of course lots of deer. There were tracks on the trail and one big pile of bear scat; black bear, not Grizzly.
It was very enjoyable even though we didn’t get as far as I wanted to go. That’s OK though because I found anther way to get to the peak and will be able to look at this trail from above. I haven’t found an inch of that area that isn’t beautiful!
Yes, the Bishop’s cap is an interesting little thing. I was surprised to see the variety of colors on it. It will be fun to explore that wilderness because it contains many types of plants that will be new to me. I’m looking forward to my next visit there, hopefully yet this week.