In addition to the debut of a PCT Swimmer’s Route (blog link), there were plenty of wildflowers to be found between swimming destinations. These photos were taken on a 35-mile section between Carter Summit and Man Eaten Lake.
Collomia grandiflora (Large-flowered collomia)
My book calls the blue in the center pollen; I assumed it was stamen. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen these so I was excited to find them along the trail. I’ve never seen them in groups or patches, always solo with maybe one companion. Hey, that describes me.
Lewisia cotyledon, Siskiyou lewisia
Polemonium ? Jacob’s Ladder ?
Penstemon and Paintbrush
Western Pasqueflower aka Anemone occidentalis
Pyrola crypta (Pine-drops)
Lilium rubescens, Chaparral Lily, Redwood Lily
- July 8-14, 2020
This is my one-way track from Carter Summit to Man Eaten Lake. It includes the lakes I visited as I hiked north but not the ones from the southbound trip. I’d say it’d be fair it was around 85 miles with 13,000 feet of elevation gain and loss.
- Order your map in advance or call the ranger station to see if they have available.
- Obtain your California campfire permit online in advance (it’s required for your backpacking stove).
- Mileage in Art’s book were quite different than those I obtained from my Gaia track and noted above.
- Guthook/Atlas app is great for viewing current water conditions.
- USFS – Russian Wilderness
- USFS – Klamath National Forest, Marble Mountain Wilderness
- USFS – Marble Mountain Trails
- USFS – Marble Mountain Trail Conditions
- Map – USFS, Marble Mountain and Russian Wildernesses
- Book – Best Hikes of the Marble Mountain and Russian Wilderness Areas, California by Art Bernstein