Wildflower Walk to Little Hyatt Lake 5-27-20

Photos by Bob

What a difference a week makes!  Barry, Tracy, Bob, Sunny, Sabin, Rich and I enjoyed lovely spring weather hiking on the 5-mile RT trail through forest and meadows down to the Little Hyatt Reservoir.  The mostly shaded trail was much appreciated as the temperature began to climb.  We encountered only one other person on the trail. 

We found those Prairie Smoke flower clumps that we were so taken with, and with the week's passing and more sun, they opened their tightly closed petal cups to reveal their filamentous seed heads -- very cool.  We only found one of our peony's from last week though.   A few of us hurried back to try and make the SpaceX launch (which was scrubbed and rescheduled for Saturday). 

We saw lots of flowers, starting when we exited the cars.

Brown's peony
Calypso orchid/Fairy slipper
Fendlers waterleaf
Field rockcress
Forget-me-not or Common bugloss (not sure)
Frosty paintbrush
Hall's lomatium
Hooker's fairybell
Leafy fleabane
Little minors lettuce
Mission bells/Checker lilly 
Miners lettuce 
Nineleaf biscuitroot
Nodding microceres
Oregon anemone 
Pale allysum
Pestle lomatium
Pioneer violet 
Prairie smoke
Rosy plectrits - lots
Siskyou iris
Small-flowered blue-eyed Mary 
Snow queen
Star Solomon seal - lots
Toothwort/Milkmaid - lots
Western trillium
Western sorrel
Western groundsel
Western bleeding heart - lots
White plectritis 
Woodland star
Wood strawberry
Wooly breaches

Flowering shubs:
Serviceberry
Red current 
Sticky white current
Thorny gooseberry
Tall shiny Oregon grape
Dwarf or dull Oregon grape
Trailing Oregon grape 

Next week we will head up to Little Pilot Peak to try to catch the Brown's peonies before they stop blooming and check out the flowers we had difficulty identifying in the fog.

Respectfully submitted, Flower Floozy Liz

Ashland Hiking Home

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