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Maughan Hollow to Little Cottonwood, 29 May, 2016

A total of twenty Cache Hikers participated in this hike: Peter, Alex, Ron, Ron, Stephanie, Laurie, Kathy, Dave P, Dan, Keenan, Nikolai, Chris, Denis, Jim (the hike leader), Lisa, Marissa, Sam, Anne, Lori and Renee. Most hikers met at Smith's Marketplace, our usual place, but some went to the other Smith's store and a couple others showed up at the trailhead. Hikers immediately split into two groups. Faster people went on ahead while others took a more leisurely pace.

Hikers were treated to colorful blooms of evening primrose, serviceberry, penstemon, Indian paintbrush, arrowleaf balsamroot, bigleaf balsamroot and mule's ear, and green-tailed towhees, meadowlarks, vesper sparrows, orange-crowned warblers, yellow warblers and many unidentified birds serenaded hikers along the way. The views of the Bear River Range were spectacular and the vegetation was lush and green.

The hikers were especially delighted to find much more blue camas than expected. Blue camas was blooming everywhere, from the top of Maughan Hollow to Little Cottonwood canyon. At times it looked like ponds and streams of blooming blue camas. Camas is of special interest since it was such an important food for Native Americans.

The weather was great, with ideal hiking temperatures and a mix of sun and clouds. Everyone thought the hike was wonderful.

Trip Summary:

  • Drove 14 miles to the Right Hand Fork Trailhead and started hiking about 8:50
  • Back at the trailhead about 2:00 and Logan at 2:45
  • Mild weather conditions and partly cloudy skies
  • Our GPS track showed 5.6 miles with 1000 feet of elevation gain

Thanks to Jim for the narrative, Dan for the GPS work and Jim, Dan, Lori and Dave for photos


Hikers split into two groups


Hikers split into two groups

Open meadows surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Bear River Range



Blue camas in full bloom Yellow crab spider on a balsamroot flower



Morel mushroom Bee visiting a camas flower


An ocean of camas
A great hike!
Our GPS track shows 5.6 miles and 1000 feet of ascent

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