McDonald Peak Wildflower Walk 7-2-21

Photos by Kay

Eight adventurous souls headed up dusty, pot-holed FS Road 20 to the McDonald Peak Botanical area past the Mt. Ashland ski area Friday morning as the wildfire smoke slowly moved in.  Unfortunately, the star of the show -- the Giant Frasera -- was not blooming (drought maybe?), but we found plenty of other flowers, familiar and not, to keep us happily employed for a few hours.  What is not to like about plants named "Ballhead sandwort" and "Sickletop lousewort" and Mt. Ashland's very own unique adorable little lupine?

Afterwards we stopped by Callahan's for refreshment, but they are not open until 3pm on Fridays -- take note.

On our next wildflower walk on July 16 we will do the Mt. Ashland ski bowl, always a crowd favorite.  And, since there are 5 Fridays in July, I'm adding another WW hike, on the PCT from Old Hwy 99 to Pilot Rock.  Hard to believe, but just a few weeks ago we had to turn back due to cold and snow, so we'll try it again.  With luck the Washington lilies will be blooming.

Here are the list of flowers that we saw on Friday.  To keep repetition down, only new flowers will appear on the report webpage.  The rest you can find on our excellent Wildflower Resource page.

Table

Respectfully submitted,

Your Flower Floozy Liz 

Ashland Hiking Home

Alice's fleabane_Erigeron aliceae.jpg
Alice's fleabane_Erigeron aliceae.jpg
Ballhead sandwort_Arenaria congesta.jpg
Ballhead sandwort_Arenaria congesta.jpg
Careful Rich!.jpg
Careful Rich!.jpg
Collette and knobs.jpg
Collette and knobs.jpg
Coyote mint and Alice's fleabane.jpg
Coyote mint and Alice's fleabane.jpg
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Coyote mint buds.jpg
Cream stonecrop_Sedum oregonense.jpg
Cream stonecrop_Sedum oregonense.jpg
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Jessic stickseed_Hackelia micrantha.jpg
Jessic stickseed_Hackelia micrantha.jpg
Large flowered collomia_Collomia grandiflora.jpg
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Lewis flax_Linum lewisii.jpg
Lewis flax_Linum lewisii.jpg
Low Jacob's-ladder_Polemonium californicum.jpg
Low Jacob's-ladder_Polemonium californicum.jpg
Lyall's angelica_Angelica  arguta.jpg
Lyall's angelica_Angelica arguta.jpg
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McDonald Peak Alpine garden.jpg
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McDonald Peak alpine garden 2.jpg
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Monument plant_Frasera speciosa .jpg
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Pondering puffs of the Pasque flower.jpg
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