McDonald Peak Wildflower Walk 7-29-22

Photos by Kay

Ashland Hiking Home

Fortunately we just make it up to Mt. Ashland before it closed due to the McKinney fire over the weekend.  Four of us - Rich, Kay, Collette and I headed up now beautifully graded FS 20 to the Split Rock trailhead. As we were pondering plants just out of our car, Margita and Bev drove up to start their hike towards Wagner Glen - it was great to see them.

The majestic monument plants were mostly past their bloom, but there were still some flowers for first-timers to see and smell those lovely waxy flowers.   We saw lots of flowers in bloom on the trail and some gave us pause as we become more deliberate in our identification.  We made it to the McDonald "peak" rockpile, but headed back down into the shade for lunch as it was quickly warming up.  On the way back down we were able to find the big fluffy Western Pasque flower seedheads growing down the steep snow chutes just of the trail, thanks to a tip from Bev and Margita.

Once back in Ashland we refreshed ourselves with cold beers and iced coffees at Rogue Roasting company.

Respectfully submitted, Your Flower Floozy Liz