Millvue Peak - July 3, 2020

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I hiked to the top of Millvue Peak this morning, and from Elbow Fork in Millcreek Canyon to the summit, the wildflowers were just tremendous. It was like a geranium highway along the trail. It's a great time to be up in the hills amongst it all. Here's some shots of the hike.

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Scatman bounding up the trail. :D I wish I could still bound!

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The sun beginning to hit the Millcreek Ridge

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Yarrow was plentiful today

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Ragwort

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Species of Paintbrush

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Spreading Dogbane

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Scarlet Gilia

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Paintbrush

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A mushroom along the trail

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Clematis

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View across the canyon of Mount Raymond, where we hiked to last weekend

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Wild Rose

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Horsemint - Popular with the Bumble Bees

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Cow Parsnip

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Western Cone Flower

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View west, down Millcreek Canyon, from the Millcreek Ridge

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A grove of Aspen ahead

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Ninebark shrub

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Wife and daughter making their way along the ridge with Church Fork Peak and Grandeur Peak as a backdrop

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Wild Pea

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Butterfly on some Ninebark

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Stirred up this Grouse along the way. Scared me to death! :eek: She had a young one with her too.

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Butterfly on some buckwheat

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Another species of butterfly enjoying the buckwheat on the summit

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On Millvue Peak - I get the feeling we are all leaning to our left. :)

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Arrowleaf Balsamroot - surprised to see this still blooming, it usually hits its stride mid-spring.

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Anybody see the yellow spider on this Western Wallflower?

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A good view of the western end of Millcreek Ridge from Mount Aire (R) to Grandeur Peak (L) with Church Fork Peak in the middle

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Caterpillar's nest trying to hide from me

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Cinquefoil

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Lupine and Ninebark

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False Sunflowers

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The Bumble Bees just loved the Horsemint

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The star of the show today was definitely the Geranium

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Woolly worm of some sort

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Yellows Salsify - The leaves of this plant are edible, and I snack on them along the trail if available

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A look across the canyon and into Alexander Basin and Gobblers Knob

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Thimble Berry

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Aspen and Mount Aire, seen on our way back down
 
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