Monday, March 9, 2015

Spring hike at Three Point Mountain

Towards the end of May we went for a hike up Three Point Mountain in the foothills along Blacks Creek Road east of Boise.

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Map of our hike up Three Point Mountain, Elmore County.

It was a steep but fairly quick one mile from the parking area near Blacks Creek Road to the top or Three Point Mountain where three ridges come together to form a peak with a magnificent panoramic view.

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Three Point Mountain Trailhead, Elmore County. May 29, 2014.

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Panorama of the view looking south from the top of Three Point Mountain, Elmore County. May 29, 2014.

We didn’t have anything out of the ordinary on our hike, but did enjoy a Brown-headed Cowbird on the drive up, getting his groove on top of the brush along the creek.

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Brown-headed Cowbird along Blacks Creek Road, Elmore County. May 29, 2014.

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Brown-headed Cowbird along Blacks Creek Road, Elmore County. May 29, 2014.

The area is loaded with ATV trails, but due to the huge fires that raged through the area last year most of the trails were closed to motorized vehicles. It was nice to enjoy the trail all to ourselves in quiet. (Well, it was mostly quiet. Nora started getting grumpy on the way down and needed a little Raffi on my portable speaker to keep her happy.)

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Three Point Mountain ATV Trail, Elmore County. May 29, 2014.

We also had a handful of Northern Harriers and Red-tailed Hawks soaring along the ridgelines.

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Red-tailed Hawk at Three Point Mountain, Elmore County. May 29, 2014.

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Northern Harrier at Three Point Mountain, Elmore County. May 29, 2014.

There were also a few Yellow Warblers, plus a couple of Yellow-breasted Chats along the way.

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Yellow Warbler at Three Point Mountain, Elmore County. May 29, 2014.

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Yellow-breasted Chat at Three Point Mountain, Elmore County. May 29, 2014.

We also had a few other fun spring migrants we weren’t able to photograph. Click here to see our full eBird checklist.

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