[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2011]

Roads End Trail #201A & Onion Creek Trail to Strawberry Mountain

Strawberry Mountain Wilderness

August 3, 2011

View of the NE slope and final 500' or so elevation gain of Strawberry Mt., Strawberry Mt. Wilderness...........August 3, 2011.

A view of the last 500' of elevaton gain to the summit of Strawberry Mountain (on its northeastern flanks), Strawberry Mt. Wilderness............August 3, 2011. There are still several patches of foot deep snow drifts beneath the trees at this elevation.

The snow has finally cleared off the full length of the Roads End Trail #201A during the past week. However, there is still a significant snow drift on a northwest facing slope at the junction with the Onion Creek Trail which can be negotiated along the base of the drift, but it is very muddy and very narrow and the slope beneath is very, very steep, so those who are squeamish about heights should wait another week or snow for more snow to melt. Access to Strawberry Mountain from Strawberry Lake is still obstructed by a tall east-facing snow cornice just downhill from the junction where that trail joins the Onion Creek Trail. That route probably won't open yet for at least another 2 weeks. Finally, there are 1 foot snow drifts along the Onion Creek Trail for the 100 meters or so south and downhill of its junction with the final trail to the top of Strawberry Mountain. The steep trail to the top is clear of snow except for about 100 meters of 1-2 foot drifts within the trees just above this last junction. These latter two sections of snow are easily crossed and should melt out within the next 7-10 days.

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Fairly complete plant list for the Roads End Trail #201A and Strawberry Mountain.

American Alpine Lady Fern: Athyrium alpestre var. americanum

Steller's Rock Brake: Cryptogramma stelleri or American Parsley Fern: Cryptogramma acrostichoides

Brittle Fern: Cystopteris fragilis

Brewer's Pellaea: Pellaea breweri

Rock Sword Fern: Polystichum scopulinum

Common Juniper: Juniperus communis var. saxatilis

Subalpine Fir: Abies lasiocarpa

Whitebark Pine: Pinus albicaulis

* Drummond's Rush: Juncus drummondii or Parry's Rush: Juncus parryi - Beginning to bloom.

Dagger-leaved Rush: Juncus ensifolius

* Merten's Rush: Juncus mertensianus - Beginning to bloom.

* Small-winged Sedge: Carex microptera

* Sedge: Carex scopulorum var. bracteosa ?

* Dunhead Sedge: Carex phaeocephala ?

* Raynold's Sedge: Carex raynoldsii

* Ross' Sedge: Carex rossii ? - Beginning to bloom.

* American Stinging Nettle: Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis

* Long-spurred Bog Orchid: Platanthera dilatata var. leucostachys - Beginning to bloom.

* Piper's Golden Buckwheat: Eriogonum flavum var. piperi

* Wyeth Buckwheat: Eriogonum heracleoides var. heracleoides

* Douglas' Knotweed: Polygonum douglasii

* Pussypaws: Calyptridium umbellata

* Alpine Springbeauty: Claytonia megarhiza - Beginning to bloom.

* Nevada Lewisia: Lewisia nevadensis or Dwarf Lewisia: Lewisia pygmaea ?

* Oregon Silene: Silene oregana

Red Sandspurry: Spergularia rubra

* Red Columbine: Aquilegia formosa

* Blue Mountain Larkspur: Delphinium depauperatum

* Western Meadowrue: Thalictrum occidentale

Steershead: Dicentra uniflora - Already past bloom.

* Rockcress: Arabis sp. - Ascending pods. Lyall's Rockcress: Arabis lyallii or Drummond's Rockcress: Arabis drummondii

* Lemmon's Rockcress: Arabis lemmonii - Spreading pods.

* Dropseed Rockcress: Arabis holboellii (var. pendulocarpa ?)

* Slender Draba: Draba albertina

* Alpine Pennycress: Noccaea fendleri ssp. glauca

* Western Twin Bladderpod: Physaria occidentalis ssp. occidentalis - Beginning to bloom.

Lanceleaf Stonecrop: Sedum lanceolatum - In bud.

* Alpine Alumroot: Heuchera cylindrica var. alpina

* Alpine Prickly Currant: Ribes montigenum

* Sticky Currant: Ribes viscosissimum

* Short-leaved Cinquefoil: Potentilla brevifolia

* Mountain Meadow Cinquefoil: Potentilla glaucophylla var. glaucophylla

* Sticky Cinquefoil: Potentilla glandulosa var. glandulosa ? or Nevada Cinquefoil: Potentilla glandulosa var. nevadensis

* Rocky Mountain Sticky Cinquefoil: Potentilla glandulosa var. pseudorupestris

* Slender Cinquefoil: Potentilla gracilis var. fastigiata

* Sibbaldia: Sibbaldia procumbens

* Tailcup Lupine: Lupinus argenteus var. heteranthus

* Goosefoot Yellow Violet: Viola purpurea var. venosa

Snowbrush: Ceanothus velutinus var. velutinus

Fireweed: Chamerion angustifolium var. canescens - In bud.

* Club-fruited Willowherb: Epilobium clavatum ? - Beginning to bloom.

* Rose Willow-herb: Epilobium obcordatum - Beginning to bloom.

* Nuttall's Groundsmoke: Gayophytum diffusum var. parviflorum

* Fennel Cymopteris: Cymopterus terebinthinus var. foeniculaceus

* Cow Parsnip: Heracleum lanatum - Beginning to bloom.

* Gray's Lovage: Ligusticum grayii or Slenderleaf Lovage: Ligusticum tenuifolium ?

* Common Sweet-cicely: Osmorhiza berteroi

* Western Sweet-cicely: Osmorhiza occidentalis

* Sierra Snakeroot: Sanicula graveolens

* Grouseberry: Vaccinium scoparium

Field Bindweed: Convolvulus arvense - At the trailhead.

* Alpine Mountain Trumpet: Collomia debilis - Beginning to bloom.

* Narrowleaf Collomia: Collomia linearis

* Yellow-staining Collomia: Collomia tinctoria or Bristle-flowered Collomia: Collomia macrocalyx or Diffuse Collomia: Collomia tenella ?

* Nuttall's Linanthus: Leptosiphon nuttallii ssp. nuttallii - Beginning to bloom.

Mountain Navarretia: Navarretia divaricata

* Desert Phlox: Phlox austromontana?

* California Polemonium: Polemonium californicum

* Ballhead Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum (var. alpinum ?) - Fading out of bloom.

* Purple Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. alpina - Beginning to bloom.

* Silky Phacelia: Phacelia sericea var. ciliosa

* Blue Stickseed: Hackelia micrantha

Nettleleaf Horsemint: Agastache urticifolia var. urticifolia

* Glandular Paintbrush: Castilleja glandulifera

* Peck's Paintbrush: Castilleja peckiana ?

Lewis' Monkeyflower: Mimulus lewisii

* Elephant Heads: Pedicularis groenlandica

* Taper-leaved Penstemon: Penstemon attenuatus var. palustris

* Shrubby Penstemon: Penstemon fruticosus var. fruticosus

* Small Pincushion Beardtongue: Penstemon procerus var. formosus

* American Alpine Speedwell: Veronica wormskjoldii

* Black Elderberry: Sambucus racemosa var. melanocarpa

Mountain Snowberry: Symphoricarpos oreophilus var. utahensis - In bud.

* Sitka Valerian: Valeriana sitchensis

* Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Orange Agoseris: Agoseris aurantiaca

Pale Agoseris: Agoseris glauca var. glauca ? or (Mountain Agoseris: Agoseris monticola ?)

* Pearly Everlasting: Anaphalis margaritacea - Beginning to bloom.

* Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia

* Hairy Arnica: Arnica mollis

Green Rabbitbrush: Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus (var. ?) - In bud.

* Dwarf Mountain Fleabane: Erigeron compositus (var. glabratus ?)

Foothill Daisy: Erigeron corymbosus - In bud.

* Eaton's Shaggy Fleabane: Erigeron eatonii var. villosus

* Peregrine Fleabane: Erigeron glacialis var. glacialis

Showy Fleabane: Erigeron speciosus - In bud.

* Woolly Sunflower: Eriophyllum lanatum var. integrifolium

Rocky Mountain Sunflower: Helianthella uniflora var. douglasii - In bud.

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri

* Nodding Microseris: Microseris nutans

* Woolly Groundsel: Packera cana

Black Head: Rudbeckia occidentalis var. occidentalis

* Mountain Meadow Butterweed: Senecio crassulus - Beginning to bloom.

Arrowleaf Butterweed: Senecio triangularis

* Northern Goldenrod: Solidago multiradiata

* Leafybract Aster: Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. parryi - Beginning to bloom

* Common Dandylion: Taraxacum officinale

Animals Seen Along This Route:

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel


Golden Eagle

Red-tailed Hawk

Northern Flickers

Clark's Nutcrackers

Mountain Bluebirds ?

Cassin's Finches

Chipping Sparrows

Dark-eyed Juncos

Pine Siskins

White-throated Swift

Violet-green Swallows

Hummingbirds (Annas or Rufous ?)

Blue on Microseris nutans


Milbert's Tortoiseshells

Painted Ladys



Sulfur - Clear yellow wings.


Anise Swallowtails

Indra Swallowtail

Western Tiger Swallowtails

Large Dragonflies - Black and light green abdomen striping.

Small Red Dragonflies


Bumblebees of various sizes



View towards Strawberry Mountain from a ridge just north of the Roads End Trail, Strawberry Mt. Wilderness..........August 3, 2011. - View towards Baldy Mountain from the junction of the Roads End Trail and Onion Creek Trails, Strawberry Mt. Wilderness.......August 3, 2011.

Rocky east slope of Strawberry Mountain below its summit, Strawberry Mt. Wilderness........August 3, 2011. - View southeast towards the basin at the upper end of the Strawberry Creek basin, Strawberry Mountain Wilderness..........August 3, 2011.

Additional views taken along the trail from the Roads End trailhead to Strawberry Mountain, Strawberry Mt. Wilderness............August 3, 2011. The upper left photo shows a view towards Strawberry Mountain from the ridgeline at the head of the basin above Strawberry Creek. The photo at upper right shows a view west towards flat-topped Baldy Mountain which still shows a few patches of atop it. The photo at bottom left shows a view up the steep, talus and cliff-filled eastern slope below the summit of Strawberry Mountain. The photo at lower right shows a view southeast towards the upper basin of Strawberry Creek.

Paul Slichter