plop down & enjoy a snack
A moderate hike into a bowl of wildflowers ends at the shores of a clear, pristine lake.
Nearly all of the hike to the lake is steep and on unstable ground. It took us longer to descend to the lake than it did to get back up to the trailhead.
From the unsigned trailhead head west down an old Jeep road to the trail register. Sign in and take a left to the rim of Wildhorse Canyon. The trail traverses the canyon wall for a short while before the switchbacks begin. The switchbacks aren’t very steep, but the trail is dusty and/or gravel-laden so the going is slow.
To make up for the tedium of the watching every step, there are an endless number of wildflowers to behold. You might not look up much to see the glistening lake, but you’ll surely stop numerous times to admire the gently swaying sea of reds, blues, pinks, yellows, and whites.
About three-quarters of the way to the lake a couple of small, babbling streams parallel the trail. Here the wildflowers become more varied and abundant. Eventually the trail levels out and within 100 yards you’ll come to the shores of the lake. Plop down, enjoy a snack, and regret not having brought your fishing gear.
Return the way you came.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.