Prickley Pear Trail: First Blooms
Today I went for a quick hike with the dogs on the Prickley Pear Trail in the Poverty Creek Trail System. The rhododendrons at Mount Rogers aren’t expect to peak for another 2-3 weeks. But down a couple thousand feet at Poverty Creek, I found them blooming away. As an added bonus, the mountain laurel (real mountain laurel, not mountain pieris) was starting to flower as well.
|Prickley Pear Trail
(From FS-708 to Skullcap Trail)
Mileage: 3 miles round trip
Elevation Difference: [Unsure, but I can say it doesn’t feel very steep]
4WD Requirements: Forest Service Road 708 is gravel and climbs a hill, but for the most part is well maintained.
Trailhead Parking: There is a nearby pull off on the left in front of the Royale Trailhead
Take 460 West