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Black Canyon

Central Washington

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WTA Member




Hiked May 22, 2021

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road rough but passable


No bugs


Snow free

Ethan, Karen, & I walked up Black Canyon today to see how it was recovering from last fall's fire.  We started at the Wenas Rd (the road up to the canyon is a bit rough) and walked up to the fork in the road and went to the right for about 1/4 mile into what's left of the Ponderosa Pine forest.  About 25% or so of the aspens at the beginning of the road survived, but once in the canyon it looked like only about 5% survived.  And on the right hand fork virtually all of the Ponderosas had been torched.  The canyon was not quite as green as I expected because the fire was so hot it scorched the soil in many places.  Despite all this, there were quite a few nice wildflowers.  Lower in the canyon the Threadleaf Phacelia was profuse with lots of blossoms on many plants.  Higher up the canyon, there were masses of Hoary Cress, a non-native invasive weed.  We didn't see any wildflife and only 4 other hikers.  The day began sunny & warm, but clouded up about noon, became windy and cold, and rained lightly as we walked back.  You don't really expect to be hiking in fleece, balaclavas, and gloves on the 22nd of May over here, but that's what we did.  We all agreed, however, that this was preferable to the mid-80's like is usually is this time of year.


cwakenshaw on Black Canyon

Thanks for your report. It's interesting to hear how this area is recovering from wildfire.

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cwakenshaw on May 24, 2021 05:03 PM

AlpsDayTripper on Black Canyon

Thanks for the report. We (a Mountaineers group) were trying to figure out what the Hoary Cress was, thanks for the help with that. Love the photo of the Threadleaf Phacelia!

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AlpsDayTripper on May 25, 2021 03:27 AM