A beautiful day, plentiful wildflowers, glorious views and a compatible group of women made the Blair Lake to Mule Mountain hike a day to remember. And the day was capped with a pleasant soak in the Warm Springs hot springs on the way home. We began with a quick look at Blair Lake and the delightful camp ground (with clean bathrooms) before heading up the trail. It begins by going through a somewhat boggy meadow where we saw a myriad of wild flowers, including shooting stars, white bog orchids, elephantsheads and many others that we couldn’t identify. The trail then climbs through the forest and across grassy meadows with views of Diamond Peak and other Cascade peaks stretching from Bachelor to Jefferson. We had a quick stop at the Spring Prairie shelter and a photo op on top of Spring Prairie before we headed up to the old lookout site on Mule Mountain for lunch with a view of the Sisters. After returning to the car on the same trail, we drove to the Warm Springs trailhead and hiked along a gorgeous creek to find we had the pool to ourselves.Members: Stockdale, Chris, Weaver, Elle, Anselmo, Jan. Nonmembers: Isa, Jade, Engert, Jane.
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