8/1, day 97, 9040′, 22.1 mi
Wild strawberries and huckleberries! Yummm. They slowed our hiking down a little.
This entire area is one long walk in a garden. The colors and variety of wild flowers are astounding. We have crossed rivers, creeks, rills, marshes and drainages without count.
Dinner was early beside the trail for bear prevention. However, two trail crew walked by and were happy to see hikers. They were the only people we saw today.
This area is a favorite of guided horse trains. In some spots the trail has expanded to 13 lanes wide. It doesn’t take many horses to make a new trail.