[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2014]

Round Mountain Trail #805

Ochoco National Forest

August 9, 2014

View of Big Summit Prairie from atop Round Mountain, Ochoco National Forest........August 9, 2014.

A view east towards Big Summit Prarie from atop Round Mountain, Ochoco National Forest...........August 9, 2014. The sumit of Round Mt. has an elevation of 6753'. The summit looks relatively bare now, but should have a nice display of wildflowers from early May into mid-July during an average snow year.

This trail was hiked from the northern trailhead near Walton Lake Campground. The roundtrip distance from the northern trailhead of Trail #805 to Round Mountain is about 9.98 miles with a total elevation gain of about 1600'. When we hiked it, there was a herd of sheep in the vicinity, which had trampled and and eaten much of the herbaceous vegetation atop Round Mt., although the meadows enroute had not been so heavily impacted. There was a sign at the trailhead warning to keep pets on a leash for their protection from sheepdogs, which we did see one of.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid 70s in the morning climbing to the mid 80s by the afternoon. The morning saw a high overcast with light wind which made the hike comfortable. The afternoon became more clear but a high smoke plume from the South Fork Fire about 30 miles east dimmed the light by the time we returned to the trailhead.

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Brown-eyed Wolf Lichen: Letharia columbiana

Pelt Lichen: Peltigera sp.

Horsehair Lichen: Bryoria sp.

California White Fir: Abies concolor x Abies grandis

Western Juniper: Juniperus occidentalis

Western Larch: Larix occidentalis

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii

Red Alder: Alnus rubra

Oregon Boxwood: Pachistima myrsinites

Quaking Aspen: Populus tremuloides

Scouler's Willow: Salix scouleriana

* Daggerleaf Rush: Juncus ensifolius

Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri

Woodrush Sedge: Carex luzulina

* Small-fruited Bulrush: Scirpus microcarpus

Thurber's Needlegrass: Achnatherum thurberianum

Tall Oatgrass: Arrhenatherum elatius ?

Smooth Brome: Bromus inermis

Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum - A small amount seen atop Round Mt.

* Columbia Brome: Bromus vulgaris ?

* Orchard Grass: Dactylis glomerata

* Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides (var. ellymoides or hordeoides ?)

* Timothy: Phleum pratense

Big Bluegrass: Poa secunda (ssp. juncifolia ?)

Sandberg's Bluegrass: Poa secunda ssp. secunda

Bluebunch Wheatgrass: Pseudoroegneria spicata

* Stinging Nettles: Urtica dioica var. gracilis

Tolmie's Onion: Allium tolmiei var. tolmiei

Onion: Allium sp.- Past bloom.

* Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus

Bead Lily: Clintonia uniflora - Fruits forming.

Mission Bells: Fritillaria atropurpurea - Pods developing.

Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Pods beginning to release seed.

False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule

Star-flowered False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum stellatum

Wartberry: Prosartes trachycarpa

* Hyacinth Cluster Lily: Triteleia hyacinthina - Fading out of bloom.

California False Hellebore: Veratrum (californicum var. californicum ?) - Fruits maturing.

Rattlesnake Plantain: Goodyera oblongifolia

Alaska Rein Orchid: Piperia (unalascensis ? )

Bog Orchid: Platanthera sp.

* Parsnipflower Buckwheat: Eriogonum heracleoides var. heracleoides - Fading out of bloom.

* Sulfur Flower Buckwheat: Eriogonum umbellatum var. dicrocephalum - Cream-flowered forms. Fading out of bloom.

* Common Knotweed: Polygonum aviculare (ssp. depressum ?)

* Douglas' Knotweed: Polygonum douglasii

* Sheep Sorrel: Rumex acetosella

* Mexican Dock: Rumex salicifolius (var. mexicanus ?)

Miner's Lettuce: Claytonia perfoliata var. perfoliata

* Common Mouse-ear Chickweed: Cerastium fontanum ?

* Deptford Pink: Dianthus armeria

Ballhead Sandwort: Eremogone congesta var. congesta

Bigleaf Sandwort: Moehringia macrophylla

* Menzie's Campion: Silene menziesii - Fading out of bloom.

* Oregon Campion: Silene oregana - Fading out of bloom.

Starwort: Stellaria sp.

* Red Sandspurry: Spergularia rubra

* Columbia Monkshood: Aconitum columbianum ssp. columbianum

Baneberry: Actaea rubra - Berries forming.

* Western Columbine: Aquilegia formosa

Upland Larkspur: Delphinium (nuttallianum var. nuttallianum ?)

Brown's Peony: Paeonia brownii

Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens

* Lance-leaved Stonecrop: Sedum lanceolatum

* Wormleaf Stonecrop: Sedum stenopetalum

Tower Rockcress: Arabis glabra

Holboell's Rockcress: Boechera retrofracta ?

Hairystem Rockcress: Boechera pauciflora (Arabis sparsiflora var. subvillosa, A. holboellii var. pinetorum)

* Sticky Cutleaf Tansymustard: Descurainia incisa ssp. viscosa - Fading out of bloom.

Alpine Pennycress: Noccaea fendleri ssp. glauca

Daggerpods: Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides - Going to seed.

Roundleaf Alumroot: Heuchera cylindrica var. alpina

* Brook Saxifrage: Micranthes odontoloma

Three-toothed Mitrewort: Mitella trifida

Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum

Prickly Currant: Ribes lacustre

Sticky Currant: Ribes viscosissimum

Utah Serviceberry: Amelanchier (utahensis ?)

Mountain Mahogany: Cercocarpus ledifolius var. ledifolius - Plumed fruits maturing.

Wood's Strawberry: Fragaria vesca var. bracteata

Broadpetal Strawberry: Fragaria virginiana var. platypetala

* Largeleaf Avens: Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum

Prairie Smoke: Geum triflorum var. ciliatum

Sticky Cinquefoil: Potentilla glandulosa (var. ?)

Graceful Cinquefoil: Potentilla gracilis var. flabelliformis ?

Bittercherry: Prunus emarginata var. emarginata

Baldhip Rose: Rosa gymnocarpa

* Small Burnet: Poterium sanguisorba

Sierra Peavine: Lathyrus nevadensis (var. nevadensis ?)

* Nevada Peavine: Lathyrus lanzwertii var. aridus ? sm flwers

* Broad-leaved Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. latifolius ? - Fading out of bloom.

Lupine: Lupinus sp.

Longstalk Clover: Trifolium (longipes var. hansenii ?) - Past bloom.

* American Vetch: Vicia americana - Fading out of bloom.

* Oregon Checkermallow: Sidalcea oregana (ssp. oregana ?)

Hooked Spur Violet: Viola adunca?

Marsh Violet: Viola palustris ?

Upland Yellow Violet: Viola praemorsa (ssp. linguifolia ?)

Roundleaf Violet: Viola orbiculata

* Tinker's Penny: Hypericum anagalloides - Fading out of bloom.

Sticky Geranium: Geranium viscosissimum

* Fireweed: Chamerion angustifolium

* Enchanter's Nightshade: Circaea alpina

* Tall Annual Willowherb: Epilobium brachycarpum

* Purple-leaved Willowherb: Epilobium ciliatum ssp. ciliatum

* Diffuse Groundsmoke: Gayophytum diffusum (ssp. parviflorum ?)

Cow Parsnip: Heracleum lanatum

Gray's Lovage: Ligusticum grayi ?

Common Sweet Cicely: Osmorhiza berteroi

Mountain Sweet Cicely: Osmorhiza occidentalis

* Gairdner's Yampah: Perideridia montana ?

Sierra Snakeroot: Sanicula graveolens

* Sidebells Wintergreen: Orthilia secunda

* Pinedrops: Pterospora andromedea

White-veined Wintergreen: Pyrola picta

Grouseberry: Vaccinium scoparium

Large-flowered Collomia: Collomia grandiflora

Narrowleaf Collomia: Collomia linearis

* Gilia

* Harkness' Linanthus: Leptosiphon harknessii

Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

* Western Polemonium: Polemonium occidentale - Fading out of bloom.

Purple Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. alpina

* Variedleaf Phacelia: Phacelia heterophylla ssp. virgata

Silky Phacelia: Phacelia sericea var. ciliosa - At summit of Round Mountain.

Blue Stickseed: Hackelia micrantha

* Nettleleaf Horsemint: Agastache urticifolia

* Mountain Balm: Monardella odoratissima

* Narrow-leaved Paintbrush: Castilleja linariifolia

Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

* Common Monkeyflower: Mimulus guttatus

* Musk Monkeyflower: Mimulus moschatus

* Sickletop Lousewort: Pedicularis racemosa

Shrubby Penstemon: Penstemon fruticosus var. fruticosus

Penstemon: Penstemon sp.

Common Mullein: Verbascum thapsus

Northern Bedstraw: Galium boreale

* Small Bedstraw: Galium trifidum

Fragrant Bedstraw: Galium triflorum

Mountain Heliotrope: Valeriana sitchensis

* Twinflower: Linnaea borealis

Black Elderberry: Sambucus racemosa var. melanocarpa - Berries ripening.

Common Snowberry: Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus

Mountain Snowberry: Symphoricarpos oreophilus - Berries ripening.

* Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

* Pathfinder: Adenocaulon bicolor

Pale Agoseris: Agoseris glauca

* Pearly Everlasting: Anaphalis margaritacea

Pussytoes: Antennaria sp.

Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia

* Nodding Arnica: Arnica parryi - Fading out of bloom.

Low Sagebrush: Artemisia arbuscula - In bud at the summit of Round Mountain.

Mountain Big Sagebrush: Artemisia tridentata ssp. vaseyana - In bud at the summit of Round Mountain.

* Western Mugwort: Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. candicans

Arrowleaf Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza sagittata

* Truckee Rabbitbrush: Chrysothamnus humilis

Canada Thistle: Cirsium arvense

* Bull Thistle: Cirsium vulgare

Tapertip Hawksbeard: Crepis acuminata

Western Hawksbeard: Crepis occidentalis - Past bloom.

Gray Rabbitbrush: Ericamaeria nauseosa (var. speciosus ?)

Yellow Desert Fleabane: Erigeron linearis

* Showy Fleabane: Erigeron speciosus

* Rough-leaved Aster: Eurybia radulina

* White-flowered Hawkweed: Hieracium albiflorum

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri

* Mountain Tarweed: Madia glomerata

* Oxeye Daisy: Leucanthemum vulgare

* Pineappleweed: Matricaria discoidea

Narrowhead Goldenweed: Pyrrocoma carthamoides var. cusickii

* Western Coneflower: Rudbeckia occidentalis

Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus

* Tall Butterweed: Senecio serra

* Leafybract Aster: Symphyotrichum foliaceum (var. parryi ?)

* Western Mountain Aster: Symphyotrichum spathulatum ?

* Common Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale

Animals Observed During This Hike:


Red Squirrels

Red-tailed Hawk

Turkey Vultures

Prairie Falcon hazing and being hazed in return by Turkey Vultures

Dusky Grouse - Immature

Black-backed Woodpeckers, many with juveniles wanting to be fed

Hairy Woodpecker

Red-naped Sapsuckers

White-headed Woodpeckers, one adult with several noisy and hungry juveniles

Canada Jays

Stellers Jays

Western Tanagers

Hermit Thrush

Mountain Bluebirds


Yellow-rumped Warblers

Song Sparrow

Dark-eyed Juncos

Mountain Chickadees

Pine Siskins

Red-breasted Nuthatch

House Wren

Rock Wren with 4 young

Vaux's Swifts

Ant Lions


Pine Whites

Wood Nymphs

-Round Mountain Trail as seen passing through coniferous forest to the north of Round Mt........August 9, 2014. - Radio antennas atop Round Mt., Ochoco National Forest.......August 9, 2014.

View towards Lookout Mt. from atop Round Mt., Ochoco National Forest..........August 9, 2014. - View towards the Bridge Creek Wilderness and Mt. Pisgah from atop Round Mt., Ochoco National Forest.........August 9, 2014.

The photo at upper left shows a view south along the forested route of the Round Mountain Trail #805. The photo at upper right shows a view of the rocky summit of Round Mountain adorned with sagebrush and radio antennas. The lower left photo shows a view southwest towards Lookout Mt from the summit of Round Mt. The lower right photo shows a view northeast towards the Bridge Creek Wilderness with Mount Pisgah dominating the skyline. All photos are from the Ochoco National Forest........August 9, 2014.

Paul Slichter