Monday, the first full day high on a bench above the Snake river, began with Raz, our outfitter, preparing Swedish pancakes for us. After breakfast, he led us north on a trail that crossed many of the small streams and ravines that make up the Spring Creek drainage. Although the wildflowers were not as thick and lush as last year, nonetheless we hiked through many pockets of intense color. After three miles we reached the far ridge of the Creek basin and enjoyed lunch looking over the vastness of canyon.
|balsam root, Hells Canyon|
|Lupine and balsam root, Spring Creek drainage, Hells Canyon|
|Indian Paintbrush, Sping Creek|
|Snake River canyon|