Plants and Wildlife
Flora & Fauna on Trails
The entire route is open dryland grasses and a few shrubs. In the spring, there are numerous wild flowers including balsam root, phlox, and wild mustard.
The trail starts out in open grasses before entering thick old sagebrush. Spring flowers include balsamroot and phlox.
Kestrels, nightjars, magpies, maybe a chukkar or quail, horned lark. Beetles, bull snakes, ground squirrel, coyote. Piper’s Daisy, Balsam Root, Giant and Purple Sage, Rabbit Brush, Yellow Bells (fritillaria), biscuitroot (lomatia), penstemon, lupine, buckwheats, phlox, winterfat and numerous others.
The trail travels through sagebrush at both ends transitioning to dryland native grasses in the middle. There are numerous balsamroot and some purple sagebrush in the spring.
Badger Flats Trail
The trail passes through native dryland grasses and sagebrush.
Candy Mountain Trails
The wildlife and plants on Candy Mountain are very similar to those found Badger Mountain. Birds you might see include kestrels, nightjars, magpies, chukkars, quail, and horned larks. Other animals are bull snakes, ground squirrels, coyote, lizards, and beetles. Plants include Piper’s Daisy, Balsam Root, Giant and Purple Sage, Rabbit Brush, Winterfat, Yellow Bells (fritillaria), Biscuitroot (lomatia), penstemon, lupine, buckwheats, phlox, and numerous others.
Flowers on Badger and Candy Mountains
The plant photos are credited to Max Conner and Keith Abel
Controlling the Noxious Weeds
Our board member David Beach is leading noxious weed removal activities on Candy Mountain. This work is on-going and a continual effort to improve the environment on the mountain. If you would like more information on what’s being done and when volunteers might be needed click the contact button below.