Lower Layton Mine Ditch 3-25-22

Photos by Carol

Today our select crew decided it was time we demonstrated our botanical skills, not to be outdone by other groups. The goal was to catalogue every flower type, identify and photograph them, all while setting a torrid pace on the trail. We were aided by the latest in flower software.  

So, during our old growth forest hike we accounted for Indian Warrior, Henderson's Fawn Lily, Paintbrush, Oregon Grape, Sanicle, Bittercresses, Buttercup, and Hounds Teeth, sometimes called HoundsTongue by lesser hikers. Despite our frequent photo stops, we did the 8.25 miles in 2 hours out and 1 hour 35 minutes back, with 500 feet of ascent. So 3 MPH back and 2+MPH out, the latter while performing our botanical duties.

It was a beautiful warm day and we were surprised to find that an enormous number of trees had been blown down since our last hike 2 months ago.We were just as surprised to see that amazing trail maintenance had been done, clearing anything that you couldn't step over. That included some very big trees. Many of the trees had been turned into 8 foot logs suitable for reinforcing the trail. Sections of the woods were full of both live and dead trees that had been toppled, a few well over 100 feet long. 

To celebrate our newfound fast paced botanical skills we retired to Stage Cellars for some vino in the sun.. 

Ashland Hiking Home

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