Next we decided to hike the trail to the Hog Lake Waterfall. The wind was back by mid morning so we decided it was a perfect day for a hike along the bluff edge overlooking the lake.
The Fish Trap area is of mixed vegetation with some trees pine and aspen but is fairly arid so I wasn't expecting to see a lot of flowers. Since we were here later in the Spring we were treated to a rainbow of spring flowers. There is a trail from the south end of the lake starting at the kayak launch and following along the bluff. It has some ups and downs but is a fairly easy trail.
Some of the native plants were used by local Native American tribes of the area and the bulbs are still dug today. Camas and bitter root are two of plants dug and used in special dinners and medicines.
It grows in the most arid soil, often in places that fire has cleared out other flowers. The buds that you see surrounding the flowers push up through the crusty earth and burst into bloom without producing much in leaves or vegetation amid plenty of volcanic rock.
Even though the area has heavy basalt formations, there is also soil layers deposited during the thousands of years of floods, over the layers of broken rock forming a base for the flowers to grow.
So there definitely was more flowers to be seen.
Along the trail on top of the bluff we found a camp site of folks who had hiked into make a camp. Pretty rocky ground to sleep on but the view was beautiful.
And still more flowers.
Each flower is like discovering an unexpected gift on a scavenger hunt in a dry climate.
The view from the barns are of another pond below in the coulee that you hike past from our camp site. The bird viewing platform near the pond allows a great place to blend in and observe the birds in their natural habitat.
Early farmers and ranchers dug trenches to drain the ponds to farm the rich soil. Restoration efforts have returned the farmland to its natural state.
The barn sits high on the hill overlooking the pond.
Check out the fuzzy hair like follicle....