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Upper Table Rock, it’s spring!


Wild Flowers at Upper Table Rock

Upper Table Rock Henderson Fawn Lily

Upper Table Rock Henderson Fawn Lily

Upper Table Rock is one of the two mesas just north of Medford.  You can see them from I-5 at the north end of the Rogue Valley.

There are a nice hikes to the top of both mesas with wonderful views of the Rogue Valley.  Upper Table Rock as well as Lower Table Rock are two of my favorite early spring hiking trails.

It’s that time of the year again, spring flowers are popping.  Fawn Lilies, buttercups, desert parsley are flowering.  Hounds tongue, camas and lupine are leafing out.  With little rain, the flowers might not last long, but they are beautiful!

 

 

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Ellen

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March 17th, 2014

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Walk or bike Crater Lake E. Rim Dr. June 22 & 23


THIS WEEKEND ONLY: Crater Lake’s East Rim Drive Opens for Non-Motorized Recreation

June 22 and 23, 2013 East Rim Drive circling Crater Lake will be open to non-motorized traffic only.  Early snow melt allows the park to offer this rare opportunity to enjoy Crater Lake at a slower and quieter pace for pedestrians and bicyclists.

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June 20th, 2013

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Grizzly Peak: so many flowers and more to come!


On Grizzly Peak, Siskiyou Onion

On Grizzly Peak, Siskiyou Onion

Hiking Grizzly Peak

One of my all time favorite hikes is up on Grizzly Peak.  Northeast of Ashland, Grizzly Peak is the tallest peak viewable from the Chanticleer Inn.

This hike affords great sweeping views: From the car park view Mt. McLoughlin and on a clear day the peaks surrounding Crater Lake. Then from the trail, the entire Rogue and Bear Creek Valleys. Further west and south on the trail you can see Mt. Ashland, Emigrant Lake, Pilot Rock and Mt. Shasta.

The trail is about fairly easy, 5 miles round trip, some elevation gain but not at all difficult. Directions to the trail head.

The Flowers of Grizzly Peak are best part!

From spring to late summer, the flowers are too many to count and each kind is wonderful.  Trail runs through forest, meadows and rocky outcrops: each area is packed with a variety of flowers.  The blooms rotate through the entire season. One can hike Grizzly Peak every two weeks and see different bouquets.

Indian paintbrush Grizzly Peak

 

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June 19th, 2013

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Wildflowers on Jacksonville Woodlands Trail


A Vine found on the Jacksonville Woodlands Trail

An orange honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa) vine found on the Jacksonville Woodlands Trail

A Day Trip on the Jacksonville Woodlands Trail

Yesterday, friends and I spent an afternoon in Jacksonville.  This is my first time exploring the Jacksonville Woodlands trail system — loved it!

Jacksonville, a darling historic town, is less than 30 minutes from Ashland.  Each time I visit it seems to get better.

The shops are fun to poke around in, but in deference to my [male] friend, instead of antique, toy, and cooking shops, we went for a quick hike through the Jacksonville Woodlands trail system.

The trails switch back and forth above the Britt Festival.  Any number of trail heads are easily accessed near downtown. The hillside is full of native Madrones, Oaks, and lots of little native wildflowers. Spring is the best time to see the wildflowers. The trail is well shaded and would be a great respite from the summer heat.

On the Jacksonville Woodlands trail a Triteleia ixioide in the Lily family, its common names are Golden Brodiaea and Pretty Face.

Triteleia ixioide in the Lily family, its common names are Golden Brodiaea and Pretty Face.

Increasingly there are wine tasting rooms cropping up in downtown proper … recommended by many is Quady North on California St.

One of my favorite eateries is C St. Bistro (closed Sundays).

 

 

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May 28th, 2013

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Mt Ashland in February


Sunny and Bright on Mt Ashland

Mt Ashland

Snowshoeing on Mt Ashland

Yesterday, was a perfect day for frolicking in the snow on Mt Ashland.  Locals and visitors alike were out on the mountain downhill/Nordic skiing, boarding and snowshoeing, taking in the sunshine and the views of the Siskiyou and Cascades.

The best kept secret in southern Oregon, if it’s not raining, we have sunshine! Now that might seem like a dumb thing to say, especially if you’re from California.  But in places further north starting, say Eugene, no rain can still mean a gray sunless dreary day  — for what seems like months on end.  But not here in the Rouge Valley!

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February 18th, 2013

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KSWild hike, French Flat in the Illinois Valley, 6/2/12


wildflowers

Cook’s Lomatium Wildflowers

Hike with KSWild at French Flat

French Flat is designated as an area of critical environmental concern because of its high plant diversity on rich serpentine soils. The endangered Cook’s Lomatium grows here. This is a gentle 2-mile hike across rare serpentine pine savannah.

Carpool leave Coffee Heaven in Cafe Junction at 10am.

Be prepared for all weather. Bring water and a lunch. For more hikes and details, visit: www.kswild.org/events

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May 2nd, 2012

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Siskiyou Field Institute: Botanizing the Klamath River Canyon, 5/18 thru 5/20/12


Dates: May 18th– 20th, 2012 Location: Orleans, CA

Camas Lily

Instructor: Wendell Wood  Tuition: $250

Kids aged 15+, Meals and/or Lodging Included

Description: Explore the botanical diversity of the Klamath River canyon while staying at the lovely Sandy Bar Ranch, in Orleans, CA. This course will provide outdoor workshops in plant identification, as students hike and explore the different habitats found in the canyon. Additional evening programs will discuss plant identification techniques, the natural history of many local plant species, and ethno-botany. Class tuition covers lodging and some meals. Enrollment is limited, so be sure to register early!

For more information about this Siskiyou Field Institute class…

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April 18th, 2012

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Mount Ashland, one of 50 best wildflower sites in the world


Wildflowers of Mount Ashland

Mount Ashland

Fritillaria

Bob Gibbons, author of Wildflower Wonders: The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World (Princeton University Press, $27.95) lists Mount Ashland as one of the 50 best wildflower sites.

Here’s what USAToday article says about Mount Ashland, Oregon

This southern Oregon peak lords over sprawling Klamath-Siskiyou region, home to 3,500 plant species, including lilies and orchids. While you’ll find peak blooms from late June through August, something should be blossoming between April and October. “It’s a wonderful flowery place,” Gibbons says.”

Mount Ashland is one of my favorite places to hike in the late summer.  When all the wildflowers are gone from the valley, Mount Ashland flowers are still splendid and abundant.  Drive to the Mount Ashland ski resort, drive through the parking lot toward Grouse Gap.  The road bisects sloping meadows of wild flowers and the native bees and humming birds with extra vigor buzzing about.

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March 26th, 2012

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Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk on Table Rock, 4/14/12


Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk on Lower Table Rock

Klamath Bird

American Kestrel, photo by Ellen

When: Saturday, April 14, 2012

Where: Lower Table Rock

Join Frank Lospalluto for a spring walk on Lower Table Rock. Lower Table Rock is an exciting place in the early spring, when migrants are beginning to arrive and birds are becoming more visible and vocal.
We’ll look and listen for Oak Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Lewis’ Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Anna’s Hummingbird, Bewick’s Wren, Savannah Sparrow, and many more.
Meet at 8:00 am at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call (541) 770‑1104.

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March 14th, 2012

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Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk in Touvelle & Denman, 3/10/12


Klamath Bird Observatory bird walk in Touvelle State Park and Denman WMA

Klamath bird

Belted Kingfisher

When: Saturday, Mar 10, 2012

Where: Meet at 8:00 am at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford

Join birding guide and KBO board member Harry Fuller for a trip to this diverse habitat along the Rogue River. We will look for Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Common Merganser, and Bald Eagle along the riparian corridor. We will also look for birds in the adjacent upland habitats, including Bewick’s Wren, Wrentit, Red-breasted Sapsucker, and California Quail.
Meet at 8:00 am at Wild Birds Unlimited in Medford. Limited to 15 participants. To register, call (541) 770‑1104.

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February 28th, 2012

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