[Wildflower Bloom in Central and Eastern Oregon: 2018]

Lookout Mountain

Mother Lode Trail #808A & Independent Mine Trail #808

Ochoco National Forest

May 26, 2018

Balsamroot and paintbrush slopes from atop Lookout Mountain, Ochoco National Forest...........June 2, 2017.

Balsamroot and paintbrush slopes from atop Lookout Mountain, Ochoco National Forest...........June 2, 2017.

This trail was hiked from the Independent Mine (Mother Lode Mine) Trailhead up the direct route via the Mother Lode 808A trail and then returning via the Independent Mine #808 trail to the trailhead.


* indicates the wildflower is currently in bloom.

Comprehensive plant list for Lookout Mountain.

California White Fir: Abies concolor x Abies grandis

Subalpine Fir: Abies lasiocarpa var. lasiocarpa

Western Juniper: Juniperus occidentalis

Western Larch: Larix occidentalis

Lodgepole Pine: Pinus contorta var. latifolia

Ponderosa Pine: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa

Douglas Fir: Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii

Quaking Aspen: Populus tremuloides

Nebraska Sedge: Carex nebrascensis

Sandberg's Bluegrass: Poa secunda ssp. secunda

Stinging Nettles: Urtica dioica var. gracilis

* Tolmie's Onion: Allium tolmiei var. tolmiei

Bead Lily: Clintonia uniflora

Spotted Fritillary: Fritillaria atropurpurea - In bud.

* Yellow Bells: Fritillaria pudica

False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum racemosum ssp. amplexicaule

Star-flowered False Solomon Seal: Maianthemum stellatum

Roughfruit Fairybells: Prosartes trachycarpa

California False Hellebore: Veratrum (californicum var. californicum ?)

Nevada Lewisia: Lewisia nevadensis - In bud.

Threeleaf Lewisia: Lewisia triphylla

Slender Mountain Sandwort: Eremogone capillaris var. americana ? - In bud.

* Brown's Peony: Paeonia brownii - Beginning to bloom.

Creeping Oregon Grape: Berberis repens - In bud.

* Steer's Head: Dicentra uniflora

Baneberry: Actaea rubra

* Upland Larkspur: Delphinium nuttallianum

* Sagebrush Buttercup: Raunculus glaberrimus var. glaberrimus - Fading out of bloom.

Lance-leaved Stonecrop: Sedum lanceolatum var. lanceolatum

* Mt. Adam's Rockcress: Boechera paddoensis ? (or B. lemmonii ?)

* Secund Rockcress: Boechera retrofracta

* Alpine Pennycress: Noccaea fendleri

* Daggerpods: Phoenicaulis cheiranthoides

* Bulblet Prairie Star: Lithophragma bulbifera

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

Brook Saxifrage: Micranthes odontoloma

Wax Currant: Ribes cereum var. cereum - In bud.

* Northern Black Currant: Ribes hudsonianum var. petiolare

Prickly Currant: Ribes lacustre - In bud.

* Sticky Currant: Ribes viscosissimum

Mountain Mahogany: Cercocarpus ledifolius var. ledifolius

Montana Sticky Cinquefoil: Drymocallis glandulosa var. reflexa - In bud.

Nevada Cinquefoil: Drymocallis lactea var. lactea - In bud.

* Prairie Smoke: Geum triflorum var. ciliatum

Bittercherry: Prunus emarginata var. emarginata

Annual Burnet: Poteridium occidentale

Rocky Mountain Mountain-ash: Sorbus scopulina

* Whitney's Balloon Milkvetch: Astragalus whitneyi (var. sonneanus ?)

* Broadleaf Lupine: Lupinus latifolius var. latifolius - A few plants in bud.

* Bighead Clover: Trifolium macrocephalum

* False Mermaid: Floerkea proserpinacoides

* Upland Yellow Violet: Viola praemorsa ssp. praemosa

* Goosefoot Violet: Viola purpurea ssp. venosa

Snowbrush: Ceanothus velutinus var. velutinus

* Cous: Lomatium cous

* Slender-fruit Desert Parsley: Lomatium leptocarpum

* Large-fruit Desert Parsley: Lomatium macrocarpum

* Barestem Desert Parsley: Lomatium nudicaule

* Salt and Pepper: Lomatium piperi

Common Sweet Cicely: Osmorhiza berteroi

* Mountain Sweet Cicely: Osmorhiza occidentalis - In bud.

Sierra Snakeroot: Sanicula graveolens - In bud.

* Desert Shooting Star: Dodecatheon conjugens

Scarlet Gilia: Ipomopsis aggregata ssp. formosissima

* Midget Phlox: Microsteris gracilis

Brewer's Navarretia: Navarretia breweri

* Dwarf Hesperochiron: Hesperochiron pumilis - Beginning to bloom.

* Ballheaded Waterleaf: Hydrophyllum capitatum var. alpinum

* Great Basin Nemophila: Nemophila breviflora

* Meadow Nemophila: Nemophila pedunculata

Blue Stickseed: Hackelia micrantha - In bud.

* Long-flowered Bluebell: Mertensia longiflora

Mountain Balm: Monardella odoratissima

Applegate's Paintbrush: Castilleja applegatei var. applegatei - In bud.

* Pale Paintbrush: Castilleja oresbia

* Small-flowered Blue-eyed Mary: Collinsia parviflora

Gairdner's Penstemon: Penstemon gairdneri var. gairdneri - In bud.

Mountain Heliotrope: Valeriana sitchensis - In bud.

Black Elderberry: Sambucus racemosa var. melanocarpa - In bud.

Mountain Snowberry: Symphoricarpos oreophilus var. utahensis

Yarrow: Achillea millefolium

Heartleaf Arnica: Arnica cordifolia

Low Sagebrush: Artemisia arbuscula ssp. arbuscula

Western Mugwort: Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. candicans

Mountain Big Sagebrush: Artemisia tridentata ssp. vaseyana

* Arrowleaf Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza sagittata

Baker's Hawksbeard: Crepis bakeri

Gray Hawksbeard: Crepis intermedia

Eaton's Shaggy Daisy: Erigeron eatonii var. villosus - In bud.

Rocky Mountain Sunflower: Helianthella uniflora var. douglasii

False Agoseris: Nothocalais troximoides - In bud.

* Western Groundsel: Senecio integerrimus var. exaltatus

* Common Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale


Animals Observed During This Hike:

Turkey Vulture

Stellers Jays

American Robins

Hermit Thrush

Mountain Bluebirds

Chipping Sparrows

Dark-eyed Juncos

Pine Siskins

Yellow-rumped Warblers

Red-breasted Nuthatches

California Tortoiseshells

Anise Swallowtails

Julia's Orangetips


Paul Slichter