10.1 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •
I decided to get out while the weather was good. So I parked my car just off RD 48 and hiked up to the top of Bonney Butte. The annual Hawkwatch was happening, so I hung out for awhile with the bird counters. I saw 2 Goshawks and a Redtail. There are very tiny patches of snow up above 5000' or so, but nothing monumental. I did a nice circuit of the meadows and then headed down to Boulder Lake. The huckleberry bushes were beautiful on the edges of the meadow, but I was hoping for some larger patches of fall color and found them on the trail to Boulder lake. Wonderful day.