Apr 23, 2011
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Black Canyon
- Region: Eastern Washington -- Yakima
- Agency: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Avg Rating: 4.40
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
For the first time on this trail, I encountered motorcycles & ATV's I didn't see any hikers until I was at the end and almost back to my car. They were all friendly and didn't run me over so I was cool with that.
Butterflies, flies, bees, and mosquitoes are out and a bit annoying at the ridge when the wind died down. I walked for 6 hours took a million photos and just enjoyed the sun and blue sky.
On the way out I saw a patch of Lupine in full bloom with one pink patch in the middle, this was just to the left on the hillside before you open the gate. Pretty cool to see when it wasn't blooming anywhere else.
I also had a bonus, I discovered a family of yellow-bellied marmots living next to the freeway i-90 at Thorp Exit. To the right of the on ramp to i-90 West. They were super cute! I can't imagine that being a very quiet place to set up house, but I enjoyed watching them for a bit.