-Plant: Small vine like plant, 5 petal flowers with rectangular shaped petals that are cut at tips, opposite, egg shaped leaves, beginning of flowering stage--many buds but sparse bloomed flowers
-Route: From Evergreen State College- Head southwest on McCann Plaza Dr NW 0.2 mi ~At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Evergreen Pkwy NW 1.5 mi ~Take the ramp to Mud Bay Rd NW 0.2 mi ~Turn right onto Mud Bay Rd NW 0.1 mi~Turn left onto Delphi Rd SW 3.3 mi~Turn right onto McLane Creek Nature Trail
-Weather: Slight overcast in the beginning but clear skies past that. Between 15 and 21 degrees Celsius. No rain, slightly humid.
-General Vegetation: Thick understory layer, the majority of the plants in the area seem to be shrubs. The canopy was mainly comprised of deciduous trees; alnus rubra, corylus cornuta, and acer macrophylla. The trail is very close to some wetlands that provide habitat for many aquatic plants as well.
Claytonia (Spring Beauty) is a genus of 26 species of flowering plants in the family Montiaceae, primarily native to North America, with a few species extending south to Guatemala in Central America, and northwest to northeastern Asia.