Thursday, May 12, 2016

Chiwaukum Creek


On our way to eastern Washington we hiked (dwadled is more accurate) along part of the Chiwaukum Creek trail, which if followed far enough takes one into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.  We did not go nearly that far, but far enough to see the damage caused by the 2014 wildfires.  The Chiwaukum Complex fire burned nearly 14,000 acres in the area between mid-July and the end of August.  The area we hiked was already recovering and the wildflowers were in abundance.  We not only found the Western Fairy Slippers we were looking for but also found the first Lewisias of the season.  Know as Mountain Roses, Lewisia tweedyi grows only in the Wenatchee area of the Central Cascades.  There had been rain the night before so everything was bejeweled with water drops and we took a lot of pictures of those as well as of the wildflowers.

the trail and the creek




burned trees from the 2014 fires




raindrops




Spring Orange Peel Fungus



fungus on wild roses


Sword Fern



Arrowleaf Balsamroot






Upland Larkspur





Cliff Painbrush



Ballhead Waterleaf


Stony-ground Lupine


Mountain Rose (Lewisia tweedyi)





Naked Broomrape


Slender Woodland Star


 Large False Solomon's Seal


 Martindale's Desert Parsley


 Hooker's Fairy Bells


conifer


Martin Creek
(along the Old Cascade Highway)


 the Enchantments