A light rain began just as we started hiking about 8:55, and before long it was raining heavily. We got wet in spite of our rain gear and heavy mud stuck thickly to our boots as we dodged cow pies in the trail. The rain diminished a bit as we hiked the last half-mile to the sawmill site but wet trailside brush continued to soak us (we saw a rubber boa there). The rain resumed while we were having a lunch break and heavy rain continued as we hiked back. The weather finally began clearing as we finished our hike.
Yarrow, geranium, checker mallow, wild hollyhock, and monument plant were some of the wildflowers lining the trail but the rain discouraged us from stopping to admire them.
Trail notes: The slippery path around flooded beaver ponds would be greatly improved with a little tread work. Houndstongue plants along the trail should be weeded out now so they do not go to seed next year. .
Thanks to Dave W for the narrative and GPS work, with photos by Dave W and Katie.