I was camped up in Bear Valley near Elk Creek and hiked over the hill toward the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and came across meadows with lots of flowers and even some sandhill cranes.
It’s prime time for Bear Valley and the Stanley areas but it’s drying out fast. Most of the small creeks are drying up and soon the wildflowers will vanish.
Note: Mosquitoes are really bad and with warmer temperatures you don’t even get relief from them in the late evening and early mornings even with the cooler temperatures. Can’t wait for the first frost. It’s bad in the meadows, near the creeks and also on the trails. You pretty much can’t sit outside your camper or tent without a ton of bug spray.
Anyway, the high country is beautiful. Good hiking.
Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman