Mesa Mariposas

On rainy days, picking trails closer to home and not too far from the vehicle is a good idea.   We still want to find scenic routes and we often return to the Mesa Trail when we have less time and the weather is marginal.   We hiked from the trailhead just past the prison up to the Mesa Trail junction.   Sure enough, it rained for the second half of the 4 km hike.

Sagebrush mariposa lilies were abundant along the trail.

IMG_0121rThe trail winds down to a small valley looking west toward Kamloops Lake.

IMG_0124rSagebrush and grasslands extend down the hills to the river.

IMG_0127darh__bright_LocaltonerThe rush of spring wildflowers is over by the first of July, but sweet clover and tall grasses fill in the spaces next to trails.   Saskatoons and squaw currant berries ripen and mariposas grace the trails.

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sweet clover

panicles

panicles

squaw currant

squaw currant

mariposa

mariposa

 

The west end trails of Kenna Cartwright Park is one of our “go-to” destinations for short hikes in marginal conditions, but even on a day of bad weather, it still a fine route.