Sink Hollow Wildflower Walk,
July 13, 2013
Six Cache hikers enjoyed a walk in Sink Hollow on Saturday, July
13, 2013. Terry, Jim, Dan, Dave W. and Crystal followed
Reinhard as he led us on this wildflower walk. Our route
followed the Sink Hollow Trail, which is part of the Great Western
Trail system. This is one of our favorite non-motorized
winter trails, but in the summer it is open to ATVs and
motorcycles. We parked a short distance up the trail and
proceeded on foot (of course) as the trail changed from a rough
double-track to an ATV trail. Occasional metal scrapes on
rocks, broken ATV pieces and spilled oil showed this could be a
troublesome route for the motorized crowd.
We arrived at the sinkhole at mile 1.7 and walked down inside to
take a better look - something we certainly would not do in the
winter! At mile 1.8 we reached the Idaho border, and we had
our first view of the the purple monkeyflower near the stream
crossing at mile 2.2. We continued hiking another half mile
in an unsuccessful attempt to find the "grass of Parnassus"
flowers, but we did see twistedstalk, lousewort, saxifrage, bog
orchids, and more. A rain shower muddied the trail and
caused us all to don rain gear, but it did not last long. On
the way out, Admiral butterflies flocked to the trail as they
apparently tried to suck up moisture from the drying soil.
Jim and Reinhard took a slower pace on the way out while the
others went ahead, returning to Logan about 3:15.
The walk totaled 5.75 miles. We encountered motorcycles,
equestrians and ATVs, but no other hikers on the trail. In the
future, we should consider avoiding the Saturday crowd by choosing
another day fro this trip. This also could be an interesting
mountain biking loop by connecting with the Beaver Creek
Thanks to Dan for photos and Dave W. photos, narrative, and
the GPS track.
At the Utah-Idaho border
Down in the bottom of the sinkhole
Our GPS track showed about
5.75 miles and 900 feet elevation gain
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