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Thu., May 18, 2017, 6 a.m.

Wildflower bloom continues in Riverside State Park

Heartleaf arnica blooming in the burned area near Painted Rocks Trailhead along the Little Spokane River in Riverside State Park. (Rich Landers)
Heartleaf arnica blooming in the burned area near Painted Rocks Trailhead along the Little Spokane River in Riverside State Park. (Rich Landers)

HIKING -- The arrowleaf balsamroot first catches our attention with its big showy yellow blooms marking springtime.

But as they fade, another yellow eye-catcher arises.  The heartleaf arnica bloom is peaking in Riverside State Park this week.

Good places to view it include the short walk on the Centennial Trail from the Ninemile Trailhead to Deep Creek.

But I just came back from a better spot.  Go to the Little Spokane River Painted Rocks Trailhead off Rutter Parkway (Discover Pass required).  Hike the trail past the vault toilet and continue north.  The single track merges into a dirt road. Continue for about a half mile and keep looking up the rocky slopes to the left. The timber on the slope was burned in a wildfire two years ago. 

I was amazed at the arnica display sweeping up to the top in some places.  Colors are best early and late in the day.




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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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