A small group turned up on this lovely Sunday morning to hike the Bridger Lookoff Trail. Dave W., Dave P., Chris, Stephanie and Alex set off in a single vehicle (are you as stunned as we were?) up into the canyon. We parked at the Spring Hollow parking area for this fairly short hike and started out at 8:30 a.m.
Starting on the steep side, from the Spring Hollow Campground, turned out to be a great idea because even though this is an easy hike, there is a short steep section up from Spring Hollow to the Bridger Lookoff trail junction. Tackling that in the cooler morning, shaded by the trees, made even the steep climb practically pleasant. Dave W. heard news of possible renovations to the trail near the spring, and we noticed markers along the way. A good time was had by all speculating the new trail possibilities as we passed. Once up the steep section, the sign for Bridger Lookoff was missing, but thankfully it's an easy junction and we followed the Bridger Lookoff trail.
Down this easy section of the trail we found wildflowers and great views, as promised. Wild geranium, Wasatch penstemon, scarlet Gilia, wild sunflower, mulesear, pussytoes, a wild hyacinth called Brodiaea, bluebells, giant gentian, wild strawberry, blue flax, wallflower, and yarrow, wild onion, and a practical grove of coral root orchids. The birds were singing merrily as well -- we were even surprised by a towhee on our way up to the look-off. A short snack break and we headed back down the Spring Hollow and River Trail to the car. A great trip!
Thanks to Stephanie for the narrative and photos and Dave W. for photos and the GPS work