At 5,000 feet

Dateline: 1 March 2016

Taking a break from the heat in the valley, we met at the Gordon Hirabayashi Campground for an amble part way down Soldier Trail and back. The foundations of former prison buildings can be seen at the beginning of the hike. The campground was named in honor of the most noted resident of the federal honor camp, Gordon Hirabayashi. It’s a story well worth reading.

Many spring flowers greeted us on the trail including blue dicks, evening primrose, golden corydalis, thistles (mostly not in bloom yet), in addition to the colorful flowers in the included photos. We were glad to we started early and didn’t hike the full out-and-back as it was already 80 degrees when we finished our walk and wildflower visit.


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