Weather: Temperatures in the 60s in the morning climbing to the low 70s by the afternoon. The morning saw clear skies with a light wind that persisted all day long which made the hike comfortable. The sky was incredibly clear, affording views northwest to Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood and to the west to South Sister looming over Lookout Mt. To the southwest we could see Newberry Crater and Pine Mountain, to the south the Hampton and Glass Buttes, to the southeast Snow Mountain loomed over the horizon, and to the east we could see nearby Aldrich Mt., Fields Peak, Canyon Mt., Strawberry Mt. and the north end of the Monument Rock Wilderness as well as Dixie Butte. The Greenhorn Mts. were far off to the northeast with part of the Elkhorns beyond them. The Simcoe Mts in Klickitat County could be seen to the north. Sheep Rock and Picture Rock Gorge in the John Day Fossil Fossil Beds NM were clearly visible downhill several miles to the northeast.
Spanish Peak is found near the northeastern edge of the Ochoco National Forest, or just northwest of the Black Canyon Wilderness. It is several miles west of the South Fork John Day River. There are a number of trails here, although an old access road worked for us when road 3800-200 was blocked by downed trees about one mile uphill from the junction with road 3800. Few hikers and campers appear to use the area, and ATV traffic seems to be light (on the roads).
* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.
California White Fir: Abies concolor x Abies grandis
Western Juniper: Juniperus occidentalis
Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa
Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii
Quaking Aspen: Populus tremuloides - Beginning to change color.
Orchard Grass: Dactylis glomerata
Bottlebrush Squirreltail: Elymus elymoides (var. elymoides or hordeoides ?)
Idaho Fescue: Festuca idahoensis
Bulbous Bluegrass: Poa bulbosa
Bluegrass: Poa secunda
Tapertip Onion: Allium accuminatum
Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica - Pods ripening.
California False Hellebore: Veratrum (californicum var. californicum ?)
Parsnipflower Buckwheat: Eriogonum heracleoides var. heracleoides
* Bicolor Sulfur Flower Buckwheat: Eriogonum umbellatum var. dicrocephalum - Most plants past bloom.
Mountain Sandwort: Eremogone capillaris var. americana
Western Columbine: Aquilegia formosa
Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens
Wormleaf Stonecrop: Sedum stenopetalum
Daggerpods: Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides
Roundleaf Alumroot: Heuchera cylindrica var. alpina
Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum
Mountain Currant: Ribes montigenum
Mountain Mahogany: Cercocarpus ledifolius var. intermontanus
Nevada Cinquefoil: Drymocallis lactea var. lactea ?
Prairie Smoke: Geum triflorum var. ciliatum
Bittercherry: Prunus emarginata var. emarginata - Berries ripening.
North American Red Raspberry: Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus ? - Atop Spanish Peak summit on north-facing cliffs.
Rocky Mountain Mountain Ash: Sorbus scopulina - Leaves turning bright red.
Whitney's Balloon Milkvetch: Astragalus whitneyi var. sonneanus
Broadleaf Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. latifolius ?
Silky Lupine: Lupinus sericeus ?
Oregon Boxwood: Paxistima myrsinites
* Snow Brush: Ceanothus velutinus var. velutinus
* Tall Annual Willowherb: Epilobium brachycarpum
Spreading Groundsmoke: Gayophytum diffusum
Large-fruit Desert Parsley: Lomatium macrocarpum
Western Sweet Cicely: Osmorhiza occidentalis ?
Large-flowered Collomia: Collomia grandiflora
Harkness' Linanthus: Leptosiphon harknessii
Mountain Navarretia: Navarretia divaricata
Hood's Phlox: Phlox hoodii ssp. canescens
Purple Phacelia: Phacelia hastata var. alpina
Blue Stickseed: Hackelia micrantha
Nettleleaf Horsemint: Agastache urticifolia
Western Mountain Balm: Monardella odoratissima
Shrubby Penstemon: Penstemon fruticosus var. fruticosus - Crest of north-facing cliffs at the summit.
English Plantain: Plantago lanceolata
Black Elderberry: Sambucus racemosa var. melanocarpa
Mountain Snowberry: Symphoricarpos oreophilus var. utahensis ?
* Yarrow: Achillea millefolium - Mostly past bloom.
Low Sagebrush: Artemisia arbuscula ssp. arbuscula
Western Mugwort: Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. candicans
Mountain Big Sagebrush: Artemisia tridentata ssp. vaseyana
Canada Thistle: Cirsium arvense
* Rabbitbrush Goldenweed: Ericameria bloomeri
* Rubber Rabbitbrush: Ericameria nauseosa var. oreophila
Yellow Desert Fleabane: Erigeron linearis
* Showy Fleabane: Erigeron speciosus - Fading out of bloom.
Rocky Mountain Sunflower: Helianthella uniflora var. douglasii
Mountain Tarweed: Madia glomerata
Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus
Tall Butterweed: Senecio serra
* Meadow Goldenrod: Solidago elongata
Common Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale
Oyster Plant: Tragopogon dubius
Elk - tracks
American Pipit - Summit of Spanish Peak