The Galena Creek trailhead made a good impression on us last weekend, so we return for a longer loop hike today. Between the creeks we climb to higher ground, recently covered with snow. Fresh pine smells, a cool breeze, bright red snow plants, flowering Oregon grape, and a few Snowbank Clitocybe mushrooms greet us up here.
We have a new favorite nature guide, The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada. Beautiful illustrations with just enough context to help you understand how things are related.