The rest of the hike followed a gentle downward trail through maple forests and sagebrush meadows, sprinkled liberally with arrowleaf balsamroot, bluebells, Indian paintbrush, paccoon, fairy bells, serviceberry, Oregon grape and death camas. We took a short spur to the south to soak in the view from Bridger Look-Off and appreciate the volunteers who, ten years ago, resurrected this old trail from years of neglect. Several hikers added a sidetrip to see the planted Ponderosa pine that had reseeded on the hillside.
Our trail intersected with the River Trail above Bridger Campground and we turned east to return to Spring Hollow parking lot, stopping to enjoy mallards with their fuzzy ducklings on 3rd Dam.
Hikers who came to enjoy this wonderful spring walk were: Jane (leader), Keegan, Bill, Dave W., Dan, Elizabeth, Dave P., Diane, Gordon, Denis, Norma, Christine, Jill, Albert, and Stephanie G.
Thanks to Jane for the narrative, with photos and GPS work by Dave W
Hiking back to the trail from our viewpoint
Our GPS track showed 3.7 miles and 900 feet of elevation