[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2015]

Mount Pisgah Lookout from Pisgah Meadows via Forest Roads 2630 & 2230

Ochoco National Forest

June 13, 2015

View south across Pisgah Meadows towards Mt. Pisgah (Ochoco National Forest).....June 13, 2015.

View south across the moist meadows of Pisgah Meadows, filled with american bistort, meadow foxtail, and numerous wildflowers with the north-facing woods atop Mount Pisgah, Ochoco National Forest...........June 13, 2015. The lookout atop Mt. Pisgah can be seen right of the tree top near center horizon.

Weather: Temperatures in the upper 60s in the morning climbing to the mid 70s by the afternoon. The morning saw clear skies with a light wind that persisted all day long which made the hike comfortable.

Pisgah Meadows and Pisgah Mountain is found along the southern edge of the Bridge Creek Wilderness. There are no trails in the area (including the wilderness), and travel is much easier via existing roads due to downed timber resulting from recent wildfires. Few hikers and campers appear to use the area, and ATV traffic seems to be light (on the roads).


View south from Mt. Pisgah towards Big Summit Prairie, Ochoco National Forest........June 13, 2015. - View west along the Mt. Pisgah summit ridge towards Lookout and Round Mountains, Ochoco National Forest........June 13, 2015.

Balsamroot dominates some of the balds atop Mt. Pisgah, Ochoco National Forest........June 13, 2015. - View north to Pisgah Meadows and across the Bridge Creek Wilderness, Ochoco National Forest........June 13, 2015.

View east along the Mt. Pisgah summit ridge towards Spanish Peak, Ochoco National Forest........June 13, 2015. - Wildflower balds directly north of Pisgah Meadows, Ochoco National Forest........June 13, 2015.

Uppermost left: Rocky slopes looking south from Mt. Pisgah towards Big Summit Prairie. Uppermost right: View west along the Mt. Pisgah summit ridge towards Lookout Mt (left) and Round Mt. (center). Middle left: Balsamroots and big mountain sagebrush dominate open slopes atop Mt. Pisgah. Middle right: View north across the Bridge Creek Wilderness towards the middle John Day Country. Lowermost left photo: View east along the Mt. Pisgah summit ridge towards Spanish Peak. Lowermost right photo: Open balds with numerous wildflowers extending uphill to the north of Pisgah Meadows into the Bridge Creek Wilderness..........June 13, 2015.

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

California White Fir: Abies concolor x Abies grandis

Subalpine Fir: Abies lasiocarpa var. lasiocarpa

Western Larch: Larix occidentalis

Engelmann Spruce: Picea engelmannii

Lodgepole Pine: Pinus contorta var. latifolia

Scrub Birch: Betula glandulosa

Field Horsetail: Equisetum arvense

Dwarf Rush: Juncus hemiendytus var. hemiendytus

* Merten's Rush: Juncus mertensianus

* Common Woodrush: Luzula multiflora ssp. multiflora ? - Beginning to bloom. (This could be L. comosa)

* Meadow Foxtail: Alopecuris pratensis

* Onespike Oatgrass: Danthonia unispicata

* Tufted Hairgrass: Deschampsia cespitosa ?

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

* Alpine Timothy: Phleum alpinum

* Timothy: Phleum pratense

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum - In bud.

* Tolmie's Onion: Allium tolmiei var. tolmiei

* Swamp Onion: Allium madidum

Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Pods ripening.

* Panicled Death Camas: Toxicoscordion paniculatum - In bloom at the summit.

Hyacinth Cluster Lily: Triteleia hyacinthina - In bud.

California False Hellebore: Veratrum (californicum var. californicum ?) - In bud.

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

* American Bistort: Bistorta bistortoides

* Douglas' Knotweed: Polygonum douglasii

* Kellogg's Knotweed: Polygonum polygaloides var. kelloggii

* Sheep Sorrel: Rumex acetosella

Umbellate Springbeauty: Claytonia umbellata

* Dwarf Lewisia: Lewisia pygmaea - Fading out of bloom.

* Bitteroot: Lewisia rediviva

* Threeleaf Lewisia: Lewisia triphylla

Lineleaf Montia: Montia linearis

Ballhead Sandwort: Eremogone congesta var. congesta - In bud.

* Red Sandspurry: Spergularia rubra

Brown's Peony: Paeonia brownii - Past bloom.

* Western Columbine: Aquilegia formosa

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum

Hornseed Buttercup: Ranunculus testiculatus

* Little Buttercup: Ranunculus uncinatus

Wormleaf Stonecrop: Sedum stenopetalum - In bud.

* Hairystem Rockcress: Boechera pauciflora

* Sicklepod Rockcress: Boechera sparsiflora

* Pennsylvania Bittercress: Cardamine pennsylvanica

* Alaska Draba: Draba stenoloba ?

Daggerpods: Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides - Fruits ripening.

* Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera

* Small-flowered Prairie Star: Lithophragma parviflorum var. parviflorum

* Bog Saxifrage: Micranthes oregana

* Alpine Mitrewort: Mitella pentandra

* Three-toothed Mitrewort: Mitella trifida

* Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum - Fading out of bloom.

* Prickly Currant: Ribes lacustre

* Mountain Currant: Ribes montigenum

* Sticky Currant: Ribes viscosissimum - Fading out of bloom.

Mountain Mahogany: Cercocarpus ledifolius var. ledifolius

* Nevada Cinquefoil: Drymocallis lactea var. lactea

* Broadpetal Strawberry: Fragaria virginiana var. platypetala

* Largeleaf Avens: Geum macrophyllum var. macrophyllum

* Prairie Smoke: Geum triflorum var. ciliatum

* Graceful Cinquefoil: Potentilla gracilis var. fastigiata

Western Burnet: Poteridium occidentale - In bud.

* Rocky Mountain Mountain-ash: Sorbus scopulina

* Kellogg Spurred Lupine: Lupinus argenteus var. heteranthus

* Broadleaf Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. latifolius - Beginning to bloom.

Velvet Lupine: Lupinus leucophyllus - In bud.

* Many-stalked Clover: Trifolium longipes var. multipedunculatum - Fading out of bloom.

Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum - Past bloom.

* White Clover: Trifolium repens

* Western Blue Flax: Linum lewisii var. lewisii ?

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

* Hooked Spur Violet: Viola adunca

* Goosefoot Violet: Viola purpurea ssp. venosa - Fading out of bloom.

* Upland Yellow Violet: Viola praemorsa ssp. praemosa - Fading out of bloom.

Snowbrush: Ceanothus velutinus var. velutinus - In bud.

* Tinker's Penny: Hypericum anagalloides

* Purple-leaved Willowherb: Epilobium ciliatum var. ciliatum

* Dwarf Groundsmoke: Gayophytum humile

* Long-leaved Evening Primrose: Taraxia subacaulis

* Gray's Lovage: Ligusticum grayi

Desert Parsley: Lomatium cous or L. hendersonii ?

Salt and Pepper: Lomatium gormanii or L. piperi - Past bloom.

* Slender-fruit Desert Parsley: Lomatium leptocarpum

Common Sweet Cicely: Osmorhiza berteroi

* Mountain Sweet Cicely: Osmorhiza occidentalis

Sierra Snakeroot: Sanicula graveolens

* Ranger's Buttons: Sphenosciadium capitellatum ? - Beginning to bloom.

* Grouse Whortleberry: Vaccinium scoparium

* Narrowleaf Collomia: Collomia linearis

* Yellow-staining Collomia: Collomia tinctoria

Harkness' Linanthus: Leptosiphon harknessii

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

* Mountain Navarretia: Navarretia divaricata

* Western Polemonium: Polemonium occidentale

* Dwarf Hesperochiron: Hesperochiron pumilis - Fading out of bloom at Pisgah Meadows.

* Ballheaded Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. capitatum

* Small-flowered Nemophila: Nemophila parviflora var. austiniae

* Purple Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. alpina

* Blue Stickseed: Hackelia micrantha

* Slender-branched Popcornflower: Plagiobothrys leptocladus

* Applegate's Paintbrush: Castilleja applegatei var. applegatei

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

* Dwarf Monkeyflower: Diplacus nanus

Sickletop Lousewort: Pedicularis racemosa

* Gairdner's Penstemon: Penstemon gairdneri var. gairdneri

* Rydberg's Penstemon: Penstemon rydbergii var. oreocharis ?

* Clustered Broomrape: Orobanche fasciculata

* Naked Broomrape: Orobanche uniflora var. occidentalis

* Mountain Heliotrope: Valeriana sitchensis

* Black Twinberry: Lonicera involucrata

* Black Elderberry: Sambucus racemosa var. melanocarpa

Mountain Snowberry: Symphoricarpos oreophilus var. utahensis

* Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

Low Pussytoes: Antennaria dimorpha - Past bloom.

* Woodrush Pussytoes: Antennaria luzuloides ssp. luzuloides

* Rosy Pussytoes: Antennaria rosea - Beginning to bloom.

* Hairy Arnica: Arnica mollis

Western Mugwort: Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. candicans

Mountain Big Sagebrush: Artemisia tridentata ssp. vaseyana

* Arrowleaf Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza sagittata

Bull Thistle: Cirsium vulgare

* Gray Hawksbeard: Crepis intermedia

* Western Hawksbeard: Crepis occidentalis

Rabbitbrush Goldenweed: Ericameria bloomeri

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

* Foreign Fleabane: Erigeron glacialis var. glacialis - Beginning to bloom.

* Yellow Desert Fleabane: Erigeron linearis

* Rocky Mountain Sunflower: Helianthella uniflora var. douglasii - Beginning to bloom on the summit ridge.

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri - In bud.

* Nodding Microseris: Microseris nutans

Narrowhead Goldenweed: Pyrrocoma carthamoides var. cusickii - In bud.

* Sweet Marsh Butterweed: Senecio hydrophiloides

* Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus - Still in bloom at the summit.

Tall Butterweed: Senecio serra - In bud.

* Common Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale

Oyster Plant: Tragopogon dubius


Animals Observed During This Hike:

Belding Ground Squirrels

Red Squirrels

Red-tailed Hawk

Common Raven

Gray Jays

Brewer's Blackbirds

Northern Flicker

Hairy Woodpecker

Williamson's Sapsucker

Olive-sided Flycatcher

Western Wood Peewees

Western Tanagers

American Robins

Mountain Bluebirds

Cassin's Finch

Brewer's Sparrows

Chipping Sparrows

Lincoln Sparrows

Dark-eyed Juncos

Pine Siskins

Mountain Chickadees

Yellow-rumped Warbler

House Wrens

Anise Swallowtails

Pale Swallowtails

Milbert's Tortoiseshells

Sara's Orangetips

Anglewings

Sulfurs

Blues


Paul Slichter