The Methow Valley is graced with several different ecosystems. The shrub-steppe community is beautifully represented on this casual stroll. Much of the hike is through undisturbed sage and bitterbrush lands. Some of it has a history of ranching and agriculture gradually being consumed back into the natural landscape.
From the parking lot this loop may naturally be hiked in either direction. Venturing out counterclockwise you will reach the lake more quickly. Seasonal change are great to watch from this trail as it is accessible year-round. Winter time the trail is easily managed with snowshoes or sturdy boots. Tracks from coyotes, hares, deer and others provide for much discussion and opportunity for study.
Springtime abounds in wildflowers. The arrowleaf balsam root is stunning here! Summertime can be hot but early mornings provide for great bird watching. Autumn naturally is a great time to view deer getting ready to rut.