Mount Ashland Meadows (Southwest Oregon) 30-Jun-2020

The wildflower season is gaining speed in the lush meadows that ring Mount Ashland. From now through August, there will be changing displays of flowers of different heights, sizes, and colors. The bumblebees will be particularly active in August, as would, in a “normal” year, numerous PCT thru-hikers (but probably not this year 😦 ). We started from where the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) crosses the Mount Ashland Ski Road about two miles short of the ski area and hiked the PCT west to Grouse Gap and back. This is an easy six miles (with no appreciable gain) through patches of forest and swaths of meadows, with occasional views of Mount Shasta. A Lazuli Bunting and a Western Tanager made colorful cameo appearances, as did a doe with two spotted fawns and a nest of noisy baby woodpeckers. But this venture was about flowers and, by focusing on them, we stretched what’s usually a three-hour hike into a four-plus hour one. This was easy to do on a day that offered clear, sunny, and cool hiking weather. 🙂 We had the trail to ourselves going out but “distance-passed” more than a few hikers on the way back.

Morning along the PCT
Siskiyou Penstemon
Azure Penstemon
Western Wallflower
A doe among the lupines
Lupine
Along the PCT
Daisy Fleabane
Blue Stickseed
Greene Goldenweed
Western Bistort
Hiking through the corn lilies
California Corn Lily
California Corn Lily
Mount Shasta
Orange Agoseris
Richardson Geranium
Eastwood Daisy
Scarlet Gilia
White Bog-Orchid
Arriving at Grouse Gap
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  1. Oh, we love that hike! I recognize every beautiful photo in this series. It makes me homesick. Do you guys live in the Rogue Valley?

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  2. We’ve had good luck using John Kemper’s “Wildflowers of Southern Oregon” to ID many of the plants/flowers more frequently seen here in Southwestern Oregon. When that doesn’t work, we go to the “Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest” website (www.pnwflowers.com) and fiddle with its search features. We’re doing pretty good at the genus level but are likely not recognizing some of the subtle differences between closely related species. Still, flowers don’t hop around as much as small birds and are thus easier (and less frustrating) to ID. 😉

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