[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2014]

Skyline Trail #385

Malheur National Forest

May 28, 2014

Logan Valley as seen from the Skyline Trail #385, Malheur National Forest......May 28, 2014.

A view southwest from the Skyline Trail #385 across clear cuts and burned areas towards Logan Valley. The Steens Mountain can also be seen from this location, which is about 2 miles from the trailhead at an elevation of 7030'............May 28, 2014.

This trail was hiked from the eastern trailhead at the end of FS Road #101 off Grant County Road #62. Although steep in places, and not commonly hiked or ridden (horseback), the trail is open to the top of the ridge where at about 2 miles, one begins encountering blow down across the trail. The first mile offers views south to Summit Prairie while the top of the ridge at about the 2 mile mark offers sweeping views of Logan Valley and views south to the Steens Mountain many miles to the south.

Weather: Temps in the 30s with squalls of light snow and sleet interspersed with sunny skies. Winds light except into the 20s with the squalls.

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Brown-eyed Wolf Lichen: Letharia columbiana

Fragile Fern: Cystopteris fragilis

California White Fir: Abies concolor x Abies grandis

Noble Fir: Abies procera

Western Larch: Larix occidentalis

Lodgepole Pine: Pinus contorta

Western White Pine: Pinus monticola

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii

* Oregon Boxwood: Pachistima myrsinites

* Elk Sedge: Carex geyeri - Just beginning to bloom.

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica

False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule - In bud.

Rattlesnake Plantain: Goodyera oblongifolia - At trailhead.

Sheep Sorrel: Rumex acetosella

* Bigleaf Sandwort: Moehringia macrophylla

Upland Larkspur: Delphinium (nuttallianum var. nuttallianum ?)

Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens - In bud.

* Steer's Head: Dicentra uniflora

* Holboell's Rockcress: Arabis holboellii (var. retrofracta ?) - Beginning to bloom.

Sticky Cutleaf Tansymustard: Descurainia incisa ssp. viscosa - In bud.

* Bulblet Prairiestar: Lithophragma bulbifera

* Smooth Prairiestar: Lithophragma glabrum

Northwestern Saxifrage: Saxifraga integrifolia (var. ?)

* Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum

* Sticky Currant: Ribes viscosissimum

Wood's Strawberry: Fragaria vesca var. bracteata

* Broadpetal Strawberry: Fragaria virginiana var. platypetala

Sticky Cinquefoil: Potentilla glandulosa (var. ?)

Sticky Cinquefoil: Potentilla glandulosa var. pseudorupestris

Oregon Checkermallow: Sidalcea oregana (ssp. oregana ?)

* Hooked Spur Violet: Viola adunca

* Goosefoot Violet: Viola purpurea ssp. venosa

Sticky Geranium: Geranium viscosissimum

Snowbrush: Ceanothus velutinus var. velutinus

* Sierra Snakeroot: Sanicula graveolens - Beginning to bloom.

* Pinemat Manzanita: Arctostaphylos nevadensis

Pipsissewa: Chimaphila umbellata

Thinleaf Huckleberry: Vaccinium (membranaceum ?)

* Grouseberry: Vaccinium scoparium

Hood's Phlox: Phlox hoodii ?

Purple Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. alpina - In bud.

* Blue Stickseed: Hackelia micrantha - Beginning to bloom.

Nettleleaf Horsemint: Agastache urticifolia

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Valerian: Valeriana sp. - In bud.

Mountain Snowberry: Symphoricarpos oreophilus

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

Pearly Everlasting: Anaphalis margaritacea

* Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia

Low Sagebrush: Artemisia arbuscula

Mountain Big Sagebrush: Artemisia tridentata ssp. vaseyana

Bull Thistle: Cirsium vulgare

Gray Rabbitbrush: Ericamaeria nauseosa (ssp. ?)

Woolly Sunflower: Eriophyllum lanatum var. integrifolium

Hawkweed: Hieracium sp.

* Common Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale

Animals Observed During This Hike:

Coopers Hawk/Sharp-shinned Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk


Northern Flickers

Hairy Woodpecker

Stellers Jay - feather

Western Wood Peewees

Mountain Bluebirds

Swainson's Thrush

Chipping Sparrows

Fox Sparrows

Dark-eyed Juncos

White-breasted Nuthatch

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Summit Prairie as seen from the Skyline Trail #385, Malheur National Forest........May 28, 2014. - The ridgeline east of Grant County Road #62 as seen from the Skyline Trail #385, Malheur National Forest.......May 28, 2014.

The photo at left shows a view souteast towards Summit Prairie from the Skyline Trail #385, Malheur National Forest........May 28, 2014. The photo at right shows a view from the same location looking northeast towards the ridgeline east of Grant County Road #62.

Paul Slichter