Because it was early spring when we embarked upon our hike, mountain wildflowers were in abundance. Light pink pussy paws, resembling little fluffy cotton balls, sprouted from the rocky ground. Tiny, bright yellow wildflowers, attached to long green stems, turned their petals towards the warm sun. Hot pink, trumpet-shaped skyrockets sprung out from little bushes, which found places to grow inside the cleft of nearby rocks.
The most common flower on our hike was the Douglas phlox. These white, delicate blossoms, with their intense green, bush-like stems, grew in bunches and hugged the ground all along the trail.