Saturday, March 24, 2012

3/24/12 Elk and Wildflower Report

Blue Phlox at Lost Valley Hiking Trail
Elk positions today are pretty much unchanged except the herd at the south end of Boxley Valley has moved north by one field. Three herds are in the valley, one by the Ponca Access, one just south of the 43/21 intersection, and the third is in the south valley field north of Smith Creek.

Wildflower conditions remain outstanding. Favorite hiking destinations like Lost Valley and Smith Creek Preserve are also great wildflower venues. The blue phlox are blooming strong now along with all the violets.  And much more.

Be careful in Lost Valley. Yesterday a young man climbing over the Natural Bridge fell and was badly hurt. Respect the dangers of wet rock trails. They are no place for casual climbing and horsing around. During these high water table conditions there are plenty of slippery spots.

Floating conditions now are very good, even a little swift. For information on outfitters, river conditions, and maps visit

This is also perfect hiking weather. All the trailheads are loaded with visitors.

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