|Heart-leaved Arnica, Arnica cordifolia|
Date: July 5, 2017
Place: South Warner Wilderness, Alturas, California
Coordinates (of Pine Creek Basin): 41.362254, -120.243023
Length: 2.5 miles
Our last morning at the South Warner Wilderness was slow and easy. We all slept well for a change, and took our time eating breakfast and breaking camp. We left our shoes off because the first thing we needed to do after hoisting our backpacks was fording Pine Creek. (Brrrr, cold water!).
|Cinquefoil, Potentilla sp. By the north bank of Pine Creek.|
It was also time to say goodbye to one of the nicest plants I found at the basin - the Brown's peony. Only two days have passed since I saw it on our way up and now there were no more peony flowers to be seen. They all went to fruit.
|Brown's Peony, Peonia brownii|
|Sticky Currant, Ribes viscosissimum|
|Bearded Lousewort, Pedicularis semibarbata|
We wend down at a fast pace but stopped frequently to admire the sights we've seen. The chikas pointed things out to me left and right.
|Mountain Mule Ears Patch|
|A Hungry Buck|
|Crimson Columbine, Aquilegia formosa|
|Swallowtail on Larkspur|
|Pine Creek Trail|
|Meadow Rue, Thalictrum fendleri|
Alpine mitrewort, Pectiantia pentandra
|Sticky Starwart, Pseudostellaria jamesiana|
|Nevada Bitter Root, Lewisia nevadensis|
On the distant bank of the creek I saw the same line of bog orchids I had photographed plenty of on the way up. This time, however, I was after the swallowtail :-)
|Swallowtail on Bog Orchid|
|Yellow Monkeyflower, Mimulus guttatus|
At the end of our previous family backpacking trip to Manzana Creek we pretty much collapsed into the cr. This time, however, we arrived with much energy still. We took the time to change shoes and rearrange our gear and pack it nicely in the car before finally saying goodby to the South Warner Wilderness.
Not to far from us was a large van and a few people getting ready to hike in with a bunch of forestry work tools. They were National Forest trail maintenance crew, all volunteers, that were going in to clear the trail from obstacles. We told them about the snow block up by Patterson Lake and I hope they managed to get our bottles and hiking poles that we had lost during our snow bypassing ordeal.