A Hike to Meeks Table


The Meeks Table Research Natural Area is near the William O. Douglas Wilderness.

It was a short, steep and rugged hike to the top of the mesa. It was sad to see the wildflower show was already gone for the year.

Still, it was a fun place to visit. Views extended to the Rattlesnake Mountains and McDaniel Lake.

As dry as the area is, wildlife, birds, lizards and snakes often can be seen. In fact, the larger Rattlesnake area encompasses some very good elk habitat.

I spotted much fresh elk sign but only spotted one cow early in the hike.

Rocky Mountain Cow Elk keeping a close eye on me

Rocky Mountain Cow Elk keeping a close eye on me

Looking down from the top of Meeks Table

Looking down from the top of Meeks Table

Fence Lizard

Sagebrush Lizard (?)

Trail going up steep talus slope

Trail going up steep talus slope

Chipmunk

Chipmunk

Looking up at Meeks Table

Looking up at Meeks Table (lots of smoke from wildfires in the air)

Classic rock formations in the Rattlesnake area

Classic rock formations in the Rattlesnake area

 

 

 

 

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