Mount Aire - June 22, 2024

scatman

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97 degrees in the valley today, so Sheila and I headed up Mount Aire this morning before it got too warm. We had to walk the road (gate is closed until July 1st) for about 45 minutes to reach the official trailhead, and from there is just a couple of miles to the summit of Aire. Almost all the wildflowers were the usual suspects that I've reported on before. Though I should say that if you like geraniums then this hike is for you. My pack weight was 28 pounds, up 4 pounds (heavier sandbell and camera) from my mid-week Grandeur hike. The hike up was nice while coming back down turned out to be pretty warm.

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Info sign at the closed gate

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Dogwood

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Thimbleberry

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Cinquefoil

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Yes! No e-bikes in this crowd. Way to go guys! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

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Millcreek

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Chokecherries

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Made it to the trailhead

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On the official trail

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Hound's tongue

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Groundsel

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Strawberries

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Leopard slug

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Death camas

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Solomon's seal

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They haven't fixed this yet? Come on Forest Service.

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The missing bridge

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Delighted in watching this squirrel. He put on a show for us.

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Before retiring to an upper branch to clean itself

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More cinquefoil

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Ladybug action

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A small trickle of water caused this conifer to fall

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A white-spotted sable on some ninebark flowers

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Sweet Woodruff

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Vetch

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More strawberries

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A small stream running down the trail

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Heading up to the saddle between Elbow Fork and Mount Aire Canyon

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Woodland star

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More Solomon's seal

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Horsemint

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Wasatch beardtongue

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Reaching the saddle

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On the saddle

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Lewis flax

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Skyrocket

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Mount Raymond

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Gobblers Knob

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Lupine

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Wild roses

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Scorpion weeds

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A very small hornets' nest on the trail

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Snowberries

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More Wasatch beardtongue

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Western wallflower

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A lizard

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Holy cow! Some arrowleaf balsamroot still hanging on near the summit

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Grandeur Peak to the west

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Unnamed peak 8490 and Millvue Peak to the east

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Horned lizard on the summit

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Mount Olympus south summit

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Raymond on Broads Fork Twin Peaks

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Broads Fork Twin Peaks

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Butterfly - Euphydryas

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Grandview through the Mountain Mahogany

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The workhorses for this hike - Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and the Canon PowerShot A640

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Just what the doctor (@TractorDoc that is) ordered, some habanero jack cheese. This had some serious bite to it. :hot:

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Summit shots

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Time to head back down - getting in one last view

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Beartongue

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Larkspur

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Hawksbeard

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Yellows salsify

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More skyrocket

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Looking up at unnamed peak 8490 just off the saddle

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Sticky geraniums

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Trail cam. @Rockskipper, this may have caught the Scatman in grizzly mode? :D

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Mount Raymond slipping away

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Back at the official trailhead

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Millcreek

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Back at the gate

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And back at the Sube



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