Meeks Table (Jun 21, 2020)

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meeks_table_coverConditions: Day hike
Gear: nothing special
Map: USGS Meeks Table
Area: Yakima/Ellensburg
Reference: n/a
Stats: 4.42mi, 936' gain (round trip)


I've been itching to get back to Meeks Table. I wanted to see the giant fresera again. I mean who wouldn't want to see a flower that has a name like giant fresera, elkweed, monument plant?

It's a long drive from home so I got an early start (the good news is that all roads were passable all the way to the trailhead and the roads were actually in pretty good shape). I pulled into the quiet and secluded trailhead area (the end of a spur road) at about 9:30am and it was already warm. I left the car and continued past the large rocks blocking the road and walked the windy road uphill. At about 4120' I left the road and was able to follow a faint boot path to the start of the steeper hike up to the top of the table. I don't remember the trail being so distinct the only other time I'd been here but it was pretty easy to find and stay on the trail. Nothing was ever too steep or exposed, if it is...you're off route. I got to the top of the table and checked around to see if I could find a benchmark (I couldn't find one) then I started looking for flowers. I spotted one lone bitterroot blooming...only one. I also spotted the elkweed I'd come to see...but they looked smaller and less in bloom than two weeks earlier in the years (when I'd last visited). I'm glad I at least found some open blooms.

I found a nice log to sit on for my lunch and enjoy the views. And...since it was Father's Day (and I had a good signal) I called my dad. After lunch I wandered my way back down to the car.

Great way to social distance on this hike. I didn't see another soul all day.
 
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