Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wildcat, Sandstone Point, Eagle's Cliff, Lover's Leap 05-12-2017

I LOVE this photo!

33 hikers took the Campanula Trail out to Wildcat Canyon.  From there we followed the Bluff trail past Sandstone Point and down the major stairway by Lonetree Canyon.  On the river trail back to the Lodge we went into Wildcat Canyon. Before arriving at the Lodge we also stopped at Eagle's Cliff.  The weather was beautiful and the company was great.  Perfect Thursday for hiking.

On the Campanula Trail

Mayapple blossom.  Not much longer and these will be gone until next Spring

Boardwalk on the way to Wildcat Canyon.  Boardwalks can be slick after a rain.

Wild Geranium are still blooming throughout the park

Top of Wildcat Canyon from the Bridge

The rest of the group arriving at the top of Wildcat Canyon

Vegetation growth.  Soon this log may be covered over.

Today we saw 2 waterfalls in Wildcat Canyon. This stream is the top of the 2nd waterfall

View of Wildcat waterfall from the East viewing platform

Photo of the West platform over Wildcat Canyon, taken from the East platform

Columbine wildflowers are in abundance

Little bit of mud on the trail on top of Basswood Canyon

View from Sandstone Point.  We took a little break here.

Bird foot violet.  Near Sandstone point

"Burl"  There are many of these throughout the park, however this is one of the largest to be seen from the trail.

Mouse Eared Chickweed

Wild Lily of the Valley (I think)

These Columbine can be found along the river trail

Woodland Phlox

Real Solomon's Seal (as opposed to the false) Notice the flowers pods on the underside of the stalk
Raspberries anyone? Soon.....

This is a stalk of False Solomon's Seal.  No pods and a flower out the end.

When I first saw this, I thought it looked like it was in the Sedum family. Sure enough it is Woodland Sedum

And now it begins.  The coming of all the summer yellow wildflowers that I just can't remember.  This one may be Golden Alexander

One of my favorite Spring Wildflowers the Shooting Star.  These are almost finished until next year.

Wildcat Canyon

Two waterfalls in Wildcat Canyon

Wildcat Canyon

Just a different angle of the Wildcat

Today's Walkers resting up before going up the stairway to Eagle's Cliff

View looking East from atop Eagles' Cliff

View of the Lock and Dam from Eagles' Cliff

Walt having some alone time.  Is he contemplating what he is going to do the rest of the day?

Shooting stars amidst Columbine

Hard to say if I have seen this flower before, Yellow Star Grass (thanks for the comment Jared)
I will leave you with this: Be happy..... not because everything is good, but because you can see the good in everything!


  1. That last flower is Yellow Stargrass

  2. Thank you Jared. I have seen this before, but not very many. This particular plant only had 1 bloom, making me think it was either just starting or finishing. Not many around. THanks again!