And now for something on the lighter side.
Before the last snowfall, on the last day of April when the temperature reached the 20s, we hot-footed it down to the Highwood. As an appetizer before hiking up Fir Creek, we walked the Marsden Creek trail to the col — a distance of only 900 m from the Highwood River group camp access road. On dry grassy slopes the Crocus was out.
Usually we carry on up the southeast ridge onto the Bull Creek Hills or descend into Marston Creek and head up the easternmost hill. But on this day we turned east onto a small hilltop and descended the ridge above the rockband back to the highway. It’s a Limber pine hot-spot and I wanted more pics. (You can never have too many pics of Limber pines.). Unexpected were the flowers growing in sheltered crannies in the rocks: Yellow draba (Draba paysonii), Dwarf buttercups (Ranunculus pygmaeus) and a Cinquefoil (Potentilla diversifolia? concinna more likely ). Also found prayer flags.
Fir Creek trail? Snow under the spruce; clear in the meadows. The slopes to the east were completely bare, opening up the possibility of a loop with the southeast ridge.