Card Canyon Loop, 12 June, 2021
Ten hikers participated: Chris, Teresa, Deanna, April, Brent, Joan, Jonathan, Cameron with Dick and Dave P. as co-leaders.
We reached the trailhead about 8:40 and headed toward the east arm to begin the loop. We enjoyed the shade knowing that 90+ degree temperatures would await us later in the day. After a brief stop at the Standing Rock we left the trail and headed across the “shortcut” past various old and newer beaver ponds. The mosquitoes and biting flies were as bad as most of us had ever encountered in the Bear River Range. We hurried across and only escaped them when we reached the road and hiked up to the open ridge. We elected to have an early lunch in the open area to avoid the bugs and enjoy the mule ears and mountain bluebells which were in full bloom. We then headed down the west arm, and appreciated the shade and more wildflowers. The trail did require extra vigilance to avoid sliding on loose rocks that have been pulled out by motorcycles. A warm day but a very pleasant hike except for the biting insects!
Thanks to Dick for the narrative and photos, Dave P. for photos and Brent for photos and GPS data.