Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street promptly at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat and sun-screen. TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; RT = round trip mileage; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway. 100 Hikes is 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon, 3rd edition Coordinator: Liz Landreth 707-332-2699. Website: https://ashlandhiking.org
The wildflower walks focus on botany, geology and ecology. On these walks there is plenty of time for stopping and discussion as well as for taking photographs. Unless otherwise noted, wildflower walks are up to 2 1/2 hours in length. There are no specific walk distance targets because the walk lengths depend on the number of species encountered. We get our exercise running off into the underbrush.
May 1: Little Pilot Peak
TH: Drive Highway 66 14 miles and turn right on Soda Mountain Road just before reaching Greensprings Summit; continue some 5 miles to the PCT crossing under the second set of power lines. EDT: 45 minutes. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 50 miles.
May 15 - Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area and the Illinois Valley - New Wildflower Walk.
TH: Head north on 1-5 to Grants Pass, Exit 55. Take highway 199 three miles past the town of Selma. Turn right on Eight Dollar Mountain road (forest road 4201) for about 1 mile to the sign and parking area. EDT: 75 minutes.
Description: Eight Dollar Mountain is one of the most significant botanical sites in Oregon, representing a major area of species endemism in the state. Many of the serpentine endemics found in SW Oregon and NW California are abundant here. Darlingtonia or California pitcher plant or cobra lily, a species of carnivorous plant, line the base of the conical shaped mountain surrounded by beautiful fragrant native azaleas. Afterwards we will tour the Wild and Scenic Illinois River Corridor on the Illinois River Road (forest road 4201). The roughly 11 mile drive has developed picnic sites and numerous pull-outs with trailheads for viewing the unusual plants of the dry serpentine. Distance: <4 miles. Elevation gain: 100-200 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 120 miles.