Photo Album (5/11 and 5/20 and 5/27/2013)

A wildflower reconnaissance hike to Sagehen Creek Meadows on 5/11/2013: It’s mostly still way too early, but the manzanita bushes are in bloom, as well as a a few blue camas lilies in the first small meadow.

Update 5/20/2013: The blue camas are in full bloom in the big meadows. This week is the time to go.

Update 5/27/2013: Returned on a group hike with friends.  Past prime for the camas, but lots of new purple cluster flowers (above, Sierra beardtongue penstemon?) and other wildflowers.

Statistics:
5.30 mi (1.86 mi uphill, 1.74 mi downhill, 1.68 mi flat)
200 ft total ascent – 7.5 % uphill grade, 27.8 % downhill grade
2:02:18 total time (1:45:03 moving, 0:17:15 stopped)
0:19:47 pace (3.0 mph average speed)
2.5 difficulty, 5.6 effort