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Little Spring to Bismark Lake, AZ
2011-07-0115 by
 
Flagstaff, AZ
 
Hiking1.00 Miles   2 Hrs       0.50 mph
50 ft AEG   
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My first trip up on the Peaks for 2011! I had alot to do in the afternoon, so I chose Little Spring because I knew it would be a butterfly paradise. The short road in from FR 151 is in terrible shape with large ruts an high rocks. You definitely need high clearance on this one. If you don't, just park at 151 and walk an extra 1/4 mile to the trailhead.

The high winds have cause alot of blowdowns along Hwy 180 and some were also along the trail, but were easy to manuver around because this is a closed road. In the meadow below the spring is a grove of old growth firs marked with "Wildlife Tree" signs. I love this place. The wildflowers included roses, yarrow, penstemmon, lupine, locoweed and mules ear--both of which were providing nectar for the biomass of butterflies: tiger swallowtails, sulphurs, skippers, fritillaries, blues, checkerspots and hairstreaks. I felt like I was walking through the butterfly exhibit at a botanical garden, but these were all wild and free.

The spring is running well, but has been fouled by millions of flies that have died and are floating on the surface of the little pond. The smell is kinda like a pigsty. There is a widowmaker just beyond the spring that is creaking and making sounds like elk in the fall. Weird.

At the spring I saw a red-faced warbler. A new one on my lifelist. I also saw some ravens and a horned lizard. I imagine all sorts of wildlife frequent the spring. Someday I'll hand out in the late afternoon/dusk to see what comes.
Wildflowers Observation Moderate

Little Spring Quart per minute
Not quite a quart per minute--maybe a pint a minute.
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