Crimson Trail , 7 May, 2022
Mississippian lodgepole limestone was the goal and footpath of seven hikers who met on a Saturday morning for a spring hike. Traveling east on the Riverside Nature Trail from Spring Hollow we gradually, then steeply, climbed to the top of the limestone layer, the China Wall. Views of the Wellsville Mountains, Logan Canyon, Beirdneau Peak, and the Wind Caves unfolded in the distance. The greening foliage and lovely wildflowers required closer examination: false Solomon's seal, arrowleaf balsamroot, mountain bluebells, yellow violets, birchleaf mountain mahogany, serviceberry, steershead bleedingheart, leopard lily, and others.
We enjoyed a sunny lunch break at Spring Hollow Group B picnic tables before returning to the trailhead.
The trail was in excellent shape, mostly dry with no obstructions. Many other hikers were encountered along the way.
Jane for the narrative and photos and Dave W. for
photos and GPS data.