This Photo Hike went off very well, with approximately 12 attendees. The range of skills of the participants was, as usual, very broad, but, again as usual, it made no difference to anyone’s enjoyment of the event. People with any kind of past experience were very pleased with the event. As you can see from the above photo, the timing was right and there were plenty of opportunities for participants to take all of the photos they wanted.
This event went off this morning (2/19/2014) with about 22 hikers, led by Kai, who knows all sorts of interesting things (such as why the Ledges built those houses in a very conspicuous place when they said they wouldn’t, and why The Biggest Loser at Fitness Ridge is now called Movara Fitness Resort). It was a perfect day and the views were spectacular.
This is a must do hike. And after you have done that, you could go back and hike north on the trail toward the north entrance to the park. Of course, that assumes that you have brought enough water and maybe some extra calories. Whatever you do, bring your camera!If you want to hike that stretch, and you really should, drive to the Snow Canyon Overlook on Rte 18–a bit past the Ledges. Park at the overlook and walk back to the bike path. Turn south, toward St. George, and hike about 100 yards on that path.
As soon as the land becomes wide enough that you won’t tumble several hundred feet over the edge–well, most people wouldn’t, but my recent experiences suggest that maybe I would– the trail goes off to your right and you leave the bike path. The new trail continues to the South for quite a ways until the old trail goes off to your left back to the bike path. Don’t go that way unless you are tired. You can keep going or turn around at this point. It’s a great hike. If you keep going South, the next exit will be a step-over down about where the “bridge that never was” can be seen on 18.
The photo workshop hike on Wednesday was very successful. Don Hite is a great photographer and had all sorts of useful hints to share. The hike took place in the general area of the Lost Pinion Trail, and, because it was late in the afternoon, there were views that many of us don’t usually see. Of course, not all of the shots were of red rocks and dunes.
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP WITH DON HITE
Thursday March 26, 2015
Time: 5 pm to 7 pm
Meeting Location: Three Ponds Parking lot across from the campground. We will shuttle a few cars to the Petrified Dunes parking lot where we will begin the hike.
Don Hite, Friends member, Trail Steward and photographer extraordinaire is leading a photography workshop for Friends members.
Bring your camera whether it is a SLR, a point and shoot, tablet or smart phone and learn how to capture the best possible shot.
Distance: Approximately 1- 1/2 miles
Be prepared to hike over uneven surfaces.
Sturdy shoes or hiking boots recommended.
Bring at least one liter of water per person.
Dress appropriately for the weather.
Gayle Bray wrote the following report on the recent wildflower hike.
Hike Recap: April Friends’ Member Event – Wildflower Hike With Snow Canyon Park Manager Kristen Comella
What a treat! Johnson Canyon, closed to the public during this time of year, was our hike destination and along the way we learned a lot about sex, plant sex, that is.
Some of the many wild flower varieties Kristen shared with us included Globe Mallow, Cheese Bush, Wolf Berry, Stork’s Bill, Spectacle Pod, Wild Rhubarb, Dwarf Lupine, Fire Cracker Penstemon, Deer Vetch and more (my hike notes identified 28 different flowers & grasses). Kristen’s 16 year knowledge of Snow Canyon gave a historical perspective of yearly blooms along with pollination knowledge (wind, water, insect, bird), as well as native and non-native flower & grass species. A mating pair of Peregrine Falcons and a Golden Eagle sighting added a nice wildlife touch to our wild flower hike. Thanks Kristen!!!
Kristen has provided an attachment showing the plants that they saw as part of a list of all of the plants in the park. It is available by FSCSP Wildflower Hike April 1.
She also included some useful reference books:
Fagan, Damian. 1998. Canyon Country Wildflowers: A Field Guide to Common
Wildflowers, Shrubs, and Trees. Falcon Publishing Co., Helena, MT. 147 p.
MacKay, Pam. 2003. Mojave Desert Wildflowers. The Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, CT. 338 p.
Nelson, Ruth Ashton. 1976. Plants of Zion National Park: Wildflowers, Trees, Shrubs, And Ferns. Zion Natural History Association, Springdale, UT. 333 p.
Taylor, Ronald. 1998. Desert Wildflowers of North America. Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, Montana. 349 p.
Taylor, Ronald. 1992. Sagebrush Country – A Wildflower Sanctuary. Mountain Press Publishing Company, Missoula, MT. 211 p.
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 1: 9 – 10:30a.m.
Description: Join Park Manager, Kristen Comella, and take part in a two-mile roundtrip hike in search of wildflowers. Learn a few of the wildflowers of the park and the strategies they employ in order to reproduce and survive. Group size is limited to 25. Advance registration is required.
Difficulty: Moderate. Sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended. Participants should bring at least one-liter of water per person and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
Jerry Bryant gave a talk last night on area geography to a full house. We had room for 20 and there were 40 requests. He covered the geology of this area, pointing out marks in the rocks that most of us would never notice. He discussed the volcanic activity from over a million years ago and the most recent period about 32,000 years ago. Standing outside the Park office it was easy to pick out most of the things he had spoken of, especially the different, and inverted, layers of volcanic basalt.