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Mon., May 13, 2013, 7:18 a.m.

Wildflowers blooming at Steamboat; snakes, too

Trail around the 640-acre plateau on top of Steamboat Rock leads spring hikers into a wildflower world above Banks Lake and the scablands below. (FILE The Spokesman-Review)
Trail around the 640-acre plateau on top of Steamboat Rock leads spring hikers into a wildflower world above Banks Lake and the scablands below. (FILE The Spokesman-Review)

HIKING -- A Spokane couple returning from a camping-hiking trip to Steamboat Rock State Park this weekend have several recommendations for folks who want to follow their footsteps:

1. Go now. The wildflowers are beautiful, with the balsamroot on the downward swing but bitterroots are just ready to bloom.

2. Keep the tent screen zipped closed.  They found two rattlesnakes in camp, one huddled against their tent and one under their cooler.

3. Use hiking poles and if you hike with a dog, keep it on leash.  They encountered two more rattlers on the trail while hiking to nearby Northrup Canyon. One was on the aggressive side, which is rare. But they felt more comfortable after they gathered up hiking sticks to thwart any advances. With their dog on leash, they had no problem.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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