Randy had Tuesday off work as part of the Fourth of July holiday and so we decided to go up to Sealion Cove. Anthony Haskins also came along with us. As we arrived in Kalinin Bay and anchored up we saw a group of other people getting in their boat. It appeared that perhaps they had just gotten back from hiking over to Sealion Cove.

A number of people have seen bear in Kalinin Bay recently and as we hiked along the shore towards the trailhead we saw lots of bear sign, but no bears. Probably whatever bears there might have been around wandered off when the other people went through. There was also bear sign and tracks along the trail, so at least one bear had been around relatively recently, but again we didn't see anything. Some people who were camping at Sealion Cove had seen a couple bear the day before in Kalinin when they started hiking over.

The hike from the trailhead to the beach at Sealion Cove is two miles. Right into the woods there is a bit of a climb up the hill before the trail levels off. At about the halfway point there is a lake with a sandy shore. The trail goes through the woods around this lake and then heads downhill before reaching some flats which are near separated from the beach by a patch of open timber.

The wildflowers were in full bloom on the grassy area at the top of the beach. I saw geraniums, thimbleberries, strawberries, columbine, white bog-orchid, and what looked like a type of paintbrush to me. I think it would be interesting to go back there later this summer when the thimbleberries are ripe since there was a large patch.

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