The Flower Power of the Middle Fork in June
Spring time comes a little later up in the Frank Church Wilderness, making June the ideal time for flower children. During this time of year, you can spot blooms of many different species of wild flowers, such as syringa, camas, arrow-leaf balsam root, elephant head, indian paint brush, and many others.
Syringa is often referred to as “false orange” because of it’s strong fragrance that smells like citrus blossoms and permeates the entire river corridor. Camas lilies were once an important staple of both the indigenous peoples and early settlers of the region, with many reporting the root to have a flavor similar to sweet potato when cooked. Indian paint brush and arrow-leaf balsam root are almost impossible to miss, carpeting meadows with flashes of color and texture.
Because of the lush greenery and flora during this season, it is not uncommon to witness incredible sightings of wildlife and migratory birds, such as the brightly yellow and red colored Western Tananger. You can often find them flying in contrast to the majestic and cascading water falls that run at their fullest at the beginning of the season.
Whether you are rafting, hiking, fishing, or just taking in the sights, June is a great time to feast your eyes on the incredible colors and scenery that come with the springtime bloom. Don’t forget to pack your camera and grab some once in a lifetime shots!