Anyone who has hit the trail with their family knows, it isn't always perfect; someone usually is a bit tired, or a bit sore, or a touch cranky, or the weather may turn and sometimes the full beauty of the area (and the hike) simply isn't really revealed. However, I remember Pickle Springs to be darn near perfect and it would be this trip that truly solidified our family's love and appreciation of the outdoors and hiking. The weather, combined with the natural beauty that Pickle Springs Natural Area offers washed over each of us resulting in our family fully enjoying every single second of this hike, eager and excited to find what would lay around the next bend of the trail. I have a feeling, that if you time it just right, you too can experience a bit of that euphoria as well!
|A small, but beautiful, group of Bird's Foot Violets |
we found along the trail.
|Ferns abound in the wet sandstone soil here.|
|A pickerel in the hand is worth two in the spring...|
|Gathering inspiration at the Spirit Canyon overlook.|
|A view of the Double Arch, you can spend a great deal of time|
here just snapping photos!
According to many other hikers, the trail takes about an hour to complete, however, we took nearly two. With so much to see and so many places to spend "just one more minute" taking pictures it is easy to extend the traditional hiking time, and these days that time, spent with family having a great time, is overtime I look forward to and can't wait to do again.
I hope you enjoy the blog, let me know if you have any questions and thanks for reading!
Pickle Springs Natural Area Website
Pickle Springs Topographic Map
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