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Wasatch Wildflower Hikes

Magazine article Sunset

Wasatch Wildflower Hikes

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Wasatch wildflower hikes

Here are guided day and half-day outings offered by three Salt Lake groups Rising 6,000 feet above the Salt Lake Valley, Utah's Wasatch Range celebrates spring in topographic stages. The first buds appear in April on the valley floor and spread to the middle and upper elevations through summer. Bloom should peak in late June, though highest elevations will still have color through early August. You'll find the usual flowers--Indian paintbrush, fireweed, and penstemon--and the unusual--white bog orchids and pink elephant heads. Because winter precipitation defines the mercurial mountain-flower season, hikers must be flexible in planning summer outings. For a weekly report April through October on what's blooming where, call the state arboretum's Wildflower Hotline recording at (801) 581-4969. Organizations listed here can help you find this month's flowers. Their naturalists lead half- and full-day hikes on the trails with the best flower displays, and describe the plants, other wildlife, and geology. Hikes are free except where noted; you provide your own transportation to the trailhead, and bring water and lunch. Outings vary from 1-mile strolls to 14-mile expeditions, so check with the organizers for distances and difficulty. …

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