A great hike today with a great group of hikers! through the meadows, up to Battleship Lake, then to Lake Helen Mackenzie & return. We looked at numerous flowers, identified some trees, and had a few bird sightings – chipping sparrow, dark-eyed junco, and of course the whiskey jacks.
There are still lots of pink flowers in the meadows, especially the pink mountain-heather, though the Jeffrey’s shootingstar & western bog-laurel may be past their peak. Slender (green) bog-orchid, is still abundant. The alpine white marsh marigold & globeflower are mostly finished, but other blooms are increasing, such as common butterwort, mountain arnica, Sitka valerian and bunchberry. The white rhododendron shrubs are just starting to bloom. Other new blossoms include many of the small white flowers: partridgefoot, foamflower, sticky false asphodel, clasping twistedstalk, and deer-cabbage; as well as the purple arctic lupine.
The Battleship/Helen Mackenzie trails are in great shape. The Paradise Meadows trailhead parking area has been cleared of the piles of gravel & snow so there is lots of space.