White Pine Lake Hike, July 14, 2013
Nine Cache Hikers joined this
trip: Dave P., Emily, Alexi, Kris, Ron, Roddy, Denis, and hike
leaders Jane and Dave W. (Susan was the designated leader but
she had to change plans).
The hikers enjoyed good
weather, great scenery and abundant wildflowers the entire way.
The hairy clematis plants in the meadow were nearly finished
blooming, but their fuzzy seed heads will be on display for the
rest of the summer. Other wildflowers along the way
included buckwheat, green gentian, little sunflower, horsemint,
geranium, mountain death camas, yarrow, and more. On the
way back to Tony Grove we took the scenic side trip to the Mt.
Naomi Peak N.R.T., where we saw sedum, shrubby cinquefoil, blue
flax and yellow flax.
The trail tread was in good
shape. Trail signs
were in better condition than last year, but the handrails on
the bridge were still missing and the backcountry toilet was not
in service. The Tony Grove parking lot was
completely full when we got back, in spite of the $6 parking
Our hike totaled about 7.5
miles with 1300 feet elevation gain.
Thanks to Dave W. photos, narrative, and the GPS track.
|Cache Hikers, near the beginning of the
"stairs" near Tony Grove Lake
clematis - flowers and seed head
|Our GPS track shows 7
1/2 miles with 1300 feet of elevation gain