"Frequent avalanches maintain the habitats in this canyon, a complex of montane forests at various successional stages. Along this short 1.5-mile-long trail you’ll encounter aspens, mountain maples, Gambel oak, a noisy mountain stream, and scattered spruce and fir.
Specialty birds: White-throated Swift; Olive-sided, Hammond’s, and Dusky Flycatchers; American Dipper; Townsend’s Solitaire; Greentailed Towhee; Lazuli Bunting. Other key birds: Calliope (July to August), Broad-tailed, and Rufous (July to August) Hummingbirds; Cordilleran Flycatcher; Warbling Vireo; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hairy Woodpecker; Violet-green Swallow; Steller’s Jay; Mountain Chickadee; House Wren; Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets; Hermit Thrush; Orange-crowned, Virginia’s, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, and MacGillivray’s Warblers; Western Tanager; Black-headed Grosbeak; Cassin’s Finch. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information."