Here to deliver a few Reflection Lakes Trail Updates.
Janneke and I hiked (or at least attempted) the Reflection Lakes
trail yesterday. We observed plenty of avalanche lilies budding
and flowering, just not many on the trail and certainly not any in
our plots. There was a lot of snow on the trail from the beginning;
Plot 1 was completely covered and Plot 2 was half covered, but
there were no phenophases to observe. After Plot 2, the trail was
completely snow covered but for a few clear spots scattered
intermittently along the way. When we got to the stream
crossing on the way to Plot 3 we decided to turn around because there was no clear safe way for us to cross.
Additionally, the trail beyond the stream was covered in snow as well; not giving us much hope that
we would be able to find our plots. With all of this said, the snow seems to be melting fairly quickly. The
impediments we faced yesterday might be completely melted by next week, just exercise caution and bring
any gear (microspikes, crampons, poles, etc) you think will make your hike a safe and enjoyable one. For
weekly trail status updates, including the number of plots uncovered be sure to check the "Trail Status
Update" link on our website that can be found under the the volunteer resources sub-tab titled "Our Hikes."
Happy hiking and I hope to see y'all on the trails!
All the Best,
Joshua and Your MeadoWatch Team