Extreme Heat Advisory, the National Weather Service said today. Ninety Nine degrees our car proclaimed today when we returned from Red Hill. Hmm, I see a trend.
Despite the advertised heat, I have to say that it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. One mile of this trail is through private property and this has been clear cut. Clear cut can be very hot. The rest of the trail was fairly well shaded, and never particularly steep, we didn’t suffer much.
An onslaught of wildflowers kept us busy and entertained. We had 57 flower IDs and nine new ones that we could not ID. Truly one of the most stunning flowers around is a Lady Slipper. This was only our second time seeing this flower and we were treated to dozens of them!
The trail is shared with bikes and motorcycles but their impact is minimal. Only the final half mile was impacted to any great degree. We saw neither bike nor fellow pedestrian all day.
The trail is dry, dry, dry so bring all you will need. The tread is generally excellent, I would recommend it as a trail run (12 miles RT with an 18mile loop possible).