Eddy Peak in the Cherry Peak Roadless Area photographed from the Munson Creek trail head.
One of my favorite days of Spring usually comes on April 18th and for years on that day I have hiked two miles up the Munson Creek trail to an area where there is a large area of Trilliums in bloom. This year it has been cool and rainy with few sunny days and I suspected that the trilliums would be late so today I checked at the footbridge near the trail head where they bloom earlier and found they are just beginning. My hike will be put off another week or so because my favorite area is two thousand feet higher in elevation.
Pacific Trillium, (trillium ovatum)
Several other wildflowers have begun to appear now too:
After a week of snow and rain, the sky cleared a little today and I was surprised to see that the first Woodland Stars of the season are in bloom. The plants are small (only about two inches tall), but the blossoms are as pretty as always.
Sagebrush Buttercups have also spread out the range of their bloom .
Small-flowered Woodland Star ~ Lithophragma parviflorum ~ Saxifrage family
The genus name of this flower comes from the Greek lithos, ‘a stone’, and phragma, ‘a wall’, referring to the habitat of some species and I have indeed found them growing right against the rock on cliff walls.