Looking For Wildflowers on the PCT 7-30-21

Photos by Kay

Rich, Jon, Darryl, Kay, Sabin, Debra and I decided to first revisit our freezing-rain interrupted PCT to Pilot Rock walk of May 21 WW, but weren't sure what we'd find with the hot, dry weather advancing the season so dramatically.  The clay soil along the path through the swales did retain some moisture, but while we didn't find lots of flowers, we discovered some little gems like the exquisite Deptford or Grass pink and Dense-flowered willowherb.  We also learned from Jon how the Trailplant got its name - its striking pale underside alerts trackers that something big has come by and overturned the leaf.

At this point in the season, to find wildflowers you find water, so we turned around at the big meadow and decided to try our luck on the PCT from Milepost 7 on the Ski Road heading towards Grouse Gap.  A nice big spring-fed slope provided lots of botanizing fun, including my favorite of the day, the Chocolate cone flower, that has no ray flowers but its tiny disk flowers were bombarded by bees.

Flower List

Ashland Hiking Home

Baneberry_Actea rubra.jpg
Baneberry_Actea rubra.jpg
Bigalow's Sneezeweed and Chocolate Cone Flower.jpg
Bigalow's Sneezeweed and Chocolate Cone Flower.jpg
Bird's-foot trefoil_Hosackia oblongifolia.jpg
Bird's-foot trefoil_Hosackia oblongifolia.jpg
Chickory_Cichorium intybus.jpg
Chickory_Cichorium intybus.jpg
Chocolate cone flower_Rubedekia occidentalis.jpg
Chocolate cone flower_Rubedekia occidentalis.jpg
Dense-flowered willowherb_Epilobium densiflora.jpg
Dense-flowered willowherb_Epilobium densiflora.jpg
Deptford or Grass pink_Dianthus armeria.jpg
Deptford or Grass pink_Dianthus armeria.jpg
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Musk monkeyflower_Mimulus moschata.jpg
Musk monkeyflower_Mimulus moschata.jpg
Ocean-spray_Holodiscus discolor.jpg
Ocean-spray_Holodiscus discolor.jpg
Oregon beaked hazelnut_Corylus cornuta.jpg
Oregon beaked hazelnut_Corylus cornuta.jpg
Oregon checker-mallow_Sidalcea oregana.jpg
Oregon checker-mallow_Sidalcea oregana.jpg
Oxeye daisy_Leucanthemum vulgare.jpg
Oxeye daisy_Leucanthemum vulgare.jpg
Plume Solomon seal berries.jpg
Plume Solomon seal berries.jpg
Pondering.jpg
Pondering.jpg
Rayless aster_Eucephalus tomentellus.jpg
Rayless aster_Eucephalus tomentellus.jpg
Richardson's geranium_Geranium richardsonii.jpg
Richardson's geranium_Geranium richardsonii.jpg
Rose clover_Trifolium hirtum.jpg
Rose clover_Trifolium hirtum.jpg
Snowberry_Symphoricarpos hesperius.jpg
Snowberry_Symphoricarpos hesperius.jpg
Straight-beak buttercup_Ranunculus orthorhynchus.jpg
Straight-beak buttercup_Ranunculus orthorhynchus.jpg
Sulfur lupine_Lupinus sulphureus.jpg
Sulfur lupine_Lupinus sulphureus.jpg
Trail plant_Adenucaulon bicolor.jpg
Trail plant_Adenucaulon bicolor.jpg
Western dock_Rumex occidentalis.jpg
Western dock_Rumex occidentalis.jpg
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