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 and birding so birders are encourage to bring their binocs. There are no specific walk distance or time targets because the walk lengths depend on the number of species encountered. We get our exercise running off into the underbrush.
July 1: Steve Stark's Mountain Meadow - New Flower Walk
Steve wasn't much of a flora person until he purchased his lovely 40-acre property last year. Now it's our chance to do a bona fide plant survey. With a large seasonal pond, forest and prairie habitats, we'll have a grand old time identifying plants for Steve and his many visitors.
TH: Take Dead Indian Memorial Road almost to the 20 mile mark to Steve's private road and 1/4 mile dirt road to the property site. EDT: 40 minutes. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 40 miles
July 15: Cascade National Monument from Highway 66 towards Little Hyatt Lake. Leave at 8:30 AM
TH: Drive Highway 66 14.5 miles to the PCT crossing at Greensprings Summit. EDT: 45 minutes. Description: On the best of authorities, the elegant, elusive Mountain Lady Slipper (Cypripedium montana) has been spotted on the sthe PCT from the Little Hyatt Reservoir Road trailhead to Little Hyatt Reservoir so we are going to take a look. Lots of flowers are reported as well on the trail along the way. Bring lots of water with electrolytes, hat, sunscreen, lunch. Please let Liz know if you plan to join the group. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 40 miles.
July 29: McDonald Peak Botanical Area Leave at 8:00 AM
Lots of tiny alpine flowers give way to Giant Fraseras on a rocky exposed slope with great views.
TH: Take I-5 to the Mt. Ashland exit 6; turn right on Mount Ashland Ski Road and continue on FS-20 for another 3.2 miles past the intersection with the PCT and the road to Grouse Gap to the Split Rock/McDonald Peak TH. Estimated drive time: 50 minutes. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 60 miles.