[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2016]

North Warner Viewpoint

Along FS Road #3615

Fremont National Forest

June 12, 2016

View southwest down the Crooked Creek drainage from the North Warner Viewpoint, Fremont National Forest...........June 12, 2016.

View southwest down the Crooked Creek drainage from the North Warner Viewpoint, Fremont National Forest...........June 12, 2016.

Directions to the Viewpoint:

From Lakeview, OR take Oregon Highway 395 north towards Paisley, OR, taking a right heading east on Hwy 140 towards Adel, OR. Continue on Hwy 140, passing Warner Canyon Ski Area at the pass. Several miles east of the pass, make a left on paved Forest Service (FS) Road 3615. Continue north about 12-13 miles and make a left at the signed viewpoint.

Located at an elevation of 6300 feet, the North Warner Viewpoint overlooks the Crooked Creek Valley to the south with views on the horizon from Mount Shasta north to Cougar Peak (7019'). There is a single picnic table and two benches, but no potable water nor any restrooms.

Weather: Temperatures in the mid 50s around noon time with light winds and mostly clear skies.

* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Western Juniper: Juniperus occidentalis

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

* Cheatgrass: Bromus tectorum

* Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa

Sagebrush Mariposa: Calochortus macrocarpus var. macrocarpus

* Modoc Sulfur Flower Buckwheat: Eriogonum umbellatum (var. modocense ?)

* Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum

Mountain Mahogany: Cercocarpus ledifolius (var. intermontanus ?)

* Arcane Milkvetch: Astragalus obscurus ?

Balloon Milkvetch: Astragalus whitneyi (var. confusus ?)

* Kellogg's Spurred Lupine: Lupinus argenteus var. heteranthus

* Western Blue Flax: Linum lewisii var. lewisii

Oregon Checkermallow: Sidalcea oregana (var. oregana ?)- In bud.

Tall Annual Eveningprimrose: Epilobium brachycarpum

* Nineleaf Biscuitroot: Lomatium triternatum ssp. platycarpum

* Narrowleaved Collomia: Collomia linearis

Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

* Narrowleaved Phacelia: Phacelia linearis

* Blue Stickseed: Hackelia micrantha

* Puccoon: Lithospermum ruderale

* Wavy-leaf Paintbrush: Castilleja applegatei var. pinetorum

Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

* Mountain Snowberry: Symphoricarpos oreophilus

* Yarrow: Achillea millefolium - Beginning to bloom.

* Large-flowered Agoseris: Agoseris grandiflora

* Rosy Pussytoes: Antennaria rosea

Big Sagebrush: Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata

* Arrowleaf Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza sagittata

Yellow Rabbitbrush: Chrysothamnus viscidiflorus ssp. viscidiflorus

* Gray Hawksbeard: Crepis intermedia

Scouler's Hawkweed: Hieracium scouleri

* Woolly Groundsel: Packera cana - Beginning to bloom.

Animals Observed During This Hike:

Brewer's Sparrow

Painted Lady ?

Paul Slichter