Lower Table Rock Flower Walk 4-12-19

Wildflower Reference Photos

We left the rain in Ashland behind as John, Jean, Bob, Rich and I headed up I-5 to the Lower Table Rock trailhead where we met Beverly, our sixth flower lover.  We also met Alex Maksymowicz and Elodie Bergmann who were on their own safari. Starting at the soggy meadow we found Meadow saxifrage, Hall's Desert lomatium, Bilcolor lupine, and Western and swamp buttercups.  Hundreds of Blue camas plants abound, but they won't be in bloom for another week or more. What a show they will put on when they do! 

The weather steadily improved as clouds dissipated and temperatures rose as we made our way up the Oakland savanna, finding more and more flowers.  Our sharp-eyed hikers took turns pointing out Hounds tongue, Grass widows/Satin flower, Larkspur/Delphinium, Scarlett fritallary, Fawn lilies (on they way out), Woodland star, Shooting stars, Rosy plectritus/Sea blush, Blue dicks, and blooming shrubs like the White-leaf Manzanita, Buckbrush and Serviceberry. 

As we hit the steeper andesite (hard volcanic rock) switchbacks, we found Bleeding heart, Milk maids/Toothwort, Shelton's (yellow) violet, Western Sweet Cicely, and Seep monkeyflower/Mimulus.  We also spotted the leaves of Aconite, Heuchera, Fiddleneck, Yarrow, Salomon's seal, Goldenrod, and Douglas iris that won't be blooming for some days or weeks yet. 

At the mesa prairie, we found Blue-eyed Marys/Shirts & skirts, Goldstars/Goldfields, Meadowfoam, Cowbag clover, Cranesbill/Split-leaf fillagrie, Popcorn flower, Lace pod/Fringe pod, and the soon-to-be-blooming Tapertip onion. 

We pulled out snacks and took in the wonderful views at the cliff's edge, then headed downhill and back to Ashland for beers and a late lunch at Caldera.

Cheers, Liz 

Ashland Hiking Home

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