Hall Mountain Hike, July 26, 2011
This is Hall Mountain, above Sullivan Lake in NE Washington
We drove up the John's Creek road to the trail head, and hiked 2.5 miles to the top, returning the same way. This year has been cool and wet, so the flowers were at their best.

Here's a spruce grouse...

Columbia (Tiger) lillies

The view back towards Usk

Looking down towards the lake.

Shrubby Penstemon, Penstemon fruticosus (Thanks to Jill Wilson with some of the identifications on this page)

Most of the hike was filled with flowers

At the top is the remains of a firetower that burned in a wildfire

Beargrass was pretty common, but in some of the many meadows the blossoms were all lopped off by browsing deer

There were lots of flowers differing from the local ones I mostly know.  I'll give them a ? like this one...  ?

A species of wild buckwheat, Eriogonum spp

? This had fine grass like leaves (not shown)


Death Camas

Wild Buckwheat Spp, Eriogonum spp

Linum lewisii, blue flax

"Droopin" Lupines

Queen's Cup


Thalictrum or Meadow Rue


Yellow Columbine

Yellow Violets (Viola glabella)