Swakane Canyon-Rattlesnake Spring

| Wenatchee, Washington 98801

This hike begins in the Swakane Wildlife Area known for both large numbers of mule deer, and for a small herd of bighorn sheep. The hillsides are covered with typical sagebrush and bunch grass intermixed with occasional Ponderosa pines. Wild flowers are present early in the season as snow melts early along FS Rd. 5215 due to the south facing exposure. The hillside also loses its flowers early for the same reason. Nonetheless, balsamroots, blue bells, serviceberry, and buckwheat are there. Higher up the slope and on the ridge, where Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir mingle with alpine fir, the snow melts later and glacier lilies, blue elderberry, and spring beauties may be found. From the top of the unnamed peak, a complete surround view of the Entiat Mountains west to Glacier Peak, north to the Cascades, and southwest to Mt. Rainier is available on a clear day.

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