Beirdneau Peak, 6 September, 2020
Five hikers accepted the challenge of a strenuous hike on a hot day: David, Brent, Kris, Teresa, and Dave P (leader). It was hot, reaching 85 degrees, and also hazy due to fires in California and Box Elder County. The wind picked up on the ridge which helped dry our sweat but the smoke plume persisted. We were able to access the internet from the ridge to check the air quality, which was not too bad so we continued to Beirdneau. The usual glorious views were muted: we were able to see the tower on Logan Peak but not the Wellsville Mountains.
In spite of the recent drought there were still purple asters, goldeneye, Indian paintbrush, and yellow owls-clover blooming. Insects like butterflies, grasshoppers, and native bees were having a field day. Ladybirds on Beirdneau peak were nipping Teresa, possibly to obtain salt from her skin. We met four groups of hikers and one trail runner during the day.
Thanks to Dave P. for the narrative and photos and David for photos and GPS data.