Tam-a-lau Trail offers views, flowers
Wildflowers were blooming and the weather was perfect, with just enough clouds to keep hikers from overheating, during the Desert Trail Association's hike up the Tam-a-Lau Trail at Cove State Park on Saturday.
Led by Barbara Meyer, the hike was open to all, and included her husband Peter Meyer, Gary Clowers, Cesar Chavez, Ron and Susan Matheny, and Dan Chamness.
The 6.6-mile loop hike is somewhat steep going up, but once on top, is totally flat for the majority of the hike. Several birders in the group brought their binoculars to identify the many birds they spotted, which included an eagle, ravens, hawks, bluebirds, and swifts. Small lizards were also seen scampering among the rocks.
Yellow balsamroot, bright red Indian paintbrush, purple phlox and other wildflowers dotted the sage and juniper landscape, and the remnants of an old homestead was found. The east side of the loop, skirts basalt cliffs which tower above Lake Billy Chinook, with breathtaking views of the Crooked River and Deschutes River arms of the lake.