The Thunder Mountain trail begins in a forested area and climbs to a ridge line that overlooks the Kirkwood Ski Resort. Along the way is an amazing variety of wildflowers. Early on you will see a field of the bright red/orange Scarlet Gilia. And if you look closely you might find some of the parasitic flowers. Along the trail you may encounter something that looks like a pinecone. Look closely! It may just be a cluster of the strange Corymb Broomrape. At the top are great views and some of the alpine flowers. |
Also look for Drummond’s Anemone, a special treat. Keep your mind sharp to spot the well-camouflaged Mountain Bells.