Friday Flower Walk Schedule for July 2024

Last Revision 7/13/24

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Leave from eitherRite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street or Comfort Suites parking lot, Exit 19 promptly at 9:00 AM as indicated. TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; CSNM = Cascade Siskiyou National Monument; RT = round trip mileage; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway. Coordinator: Liz Landreth 707-2699. Website: https://ashlandhiking.org or https://ashlandhike.org

The wildflower walks focus on botany, geology and ecology. There is plenty of time for stopping and discussion as well as for taking photographs and birding so birders are encouraged to bring binocs. There are no specific walk distances  - it all depends on the number of species we encounter; we get our exercise running off into the underbrush!  Figure a minimum of 4 hours for these excursions. Bring water, lunch, hat and sun-screen.

PLEASE NOTE:  Wildflower Walk locations are subject to change due to weather and bloom conditions. Contact me if you are not on my WW distribution list so I can add you for last-minute updates.

July 5: – MacDonald Peak Botanical Area, Mt. Ashland
Meet at Rite Aid Parking Lot on Ashland St, Exit 14, 8:00 AM
Lots of tiny alpine flowers give way to Giant Fraseras on a rocky exposed slope with great views.  This one can be hot.
Directions: Take I-5 South 9 miles to the Mt. Ashland Exit #6; turn Right onto old Hwy for 99 0.7 miles. Turn Right on Mount Ashland Ski Road 9.5 miles past the ski lodge area. At the gate continue on dirt road FS-20 for another 3.2 miles past the intersection with the PCT and road to Grouse Gap to the Split Rock/McDonald Peak TH, a narrow turnout.  EDT: 50 minutes, RT: 30 miles,  Weather forecast

Friday, July 19:– CSNM Mariposas Lily Preserve NEW WALK
Meet at Rite Aid Parking Lot on Ashland St, Exit 14, 8:00AM
We'll be hunting for the rare Mariposa Lily Greenii in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Mariposa Lily Preserve, located off the southern exit of old Hwy 99 onto I-5.  It involves clambering over an highway overpass guardrail and bushwacking down (and back up) a fairly steep slope. According to two local working botanists, this flower blooms July-August.  The habitat is oak woodland and mountain meadow, with great views of the Siskiyous looking south and west.
If we don't find the bloomin' lilies after a decent search, the plan would be to head back towards town on Highway 99 to the PCT trailhead toward Pilot Rock, a place where we've found a decent array of wildflowers in the past.  EDT: 40 minutes, RT: TBD.   Weather forecast