Friday Flower Walk Schedule for May 2024

Last Revision 2/25/24

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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.

Friday, May 3 – Lower Rogue River
Meet at Comfort Suites parking lot, Exit 19, 8AM
A long way, but so, so worth it! Be aware the narrow, rocky, exposed trail includes a couple of tricky scrambles so experienced hikers only. Directions: As of Feb. 5, 2024, the Merlin-Galice Rd is still CLOSED, so we take the alternate route. Take I-5 north to Exit #71 Sunny Valley.Turn Right at intersection onto Sunny Valley Loop Rd. Turn Right Lariat Drive/1-5 Frontage Road. Turn Left on Lower Grave Creek Road 9 miles. Before the closed Grave Creek Bridge turn Right and downhill to the boat ramp parking area and TH. EDT: 120 min, RT:190 miles.  Weather forecast .

Friday, May 17 – Eight Dollar Mountain and Illinois Valley
Meet at Comfort Suites parking lot, Exit 19, 8AM
Another long distance but totally worth it excursion features a botanical treasure chest of rare, serpentine endemics found in SW Oregon: the carnivorous Darlingtonia/California pitcher plant/Cobra lily, beautiful fragrant native azaleas, and dozens more.  Guaranteed fun!
Directions: Head north on 1-5 to Grants Pass 36 miles to Exit #55. Take Highway 199 through town towards Selma 26 miles. 3 miles past Selma, turn Right onto Eight Dollar Mountain Road (FS 4201) for about 1 mile to the sign and parking area on the Right.  Then we’’ll hike the Wild and Scenic Illinois River Corridor on the Illinois River Road (FS4201) and have a little fun bushwacking. EDT: 75 minutes, RT: 120 miles.  Weather forecast.

Friday, May 31 – PCT to Little Hyatt Reservoir
Meet at Comfort Suites parking lot, Exit 19, 9AM
Crossing our fingers, we’ll be on the hunt for the elusive, beautiful Mountain Lady Slipper.  Lots of flowers will greet us on our way.
Directions: Turn Left onto Ashland Street, becomes Highway 66 for 14.5 miles.  At the Greensprings summit, turn Left into the Little Hyatt Reservoir Road/TH parking lot. EDT:40 min, RT: 40 miles.  Weather Forecast