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TRIP REPORT:  East Side Wildflower Hike

TRIP REPORT: East Side Wildflower Hike

TRIP REPORT: East Side Wildflower Hike

Tom McCall Preserve

Bright yellow balsamroot, fiery red paintbrush and cool blue lupine bloomed alongside a host of other wildflowers, bringing a blast of color to the mound and swale topography of Rowena Plateau and McCall Point in the Columbia Gorge.  A warm sun shone in a clear sky with a light breeze.  The only clouds to be seen clung to the snowy peaks of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. 
Conditions were perfect for Next Adventure Outdoor School's first hike of the season.

  Naked Broomrape flower

 We hiked slowly and stopped often to identify the many wildflowers and wildlife we encountered. The Columbia Desert Parsley, Grass Widows and Yellowbells were just about gone, but we found a few lingering examples.  Several other Lomatia were still growing strong - most abundant being Gray's Desert Parsley (- and we saw several the Anise Swallowtail butterflies which rely on it).  

Columbia River view east  Balsamroot flower

Poet's Shooting Stars, Glacier Lilies, Microseris (and tiny Microsteris), Naked Broomrape, Blue-Eyed Marys, Western Buttercups, and Serviceberry are a few of the flowers blooming last weekend.  Camas was just about to burst out, but did not yet lend its blue tint to the fields.

Paintbrush flower 

Western Fence Lizards were out warming themselves in the sun.  Horned Larks were about, lending their sweet song to the air.  Soaring high above the cliffs, vultures, red tailed hawks, ravens  and even a golden eagle circled about.    

Mt. Hood from McCall Point  Lupine flower
We ran into the the Nature Conservancy's volunteer naturalist near a viewpoint of the Columbia River, and he pointed out someChocolate Lilies that we would have missed.
 Poet's Shooting Star flower  Microseris flower

Next Adventure is offering another Wildflower Hike next month, exploring the wildflowers on the west side of the Cascades.  Join us Friday, May 11 for a guided tour along the Clackamas River.  Plus we've got many more hiking and backpacking trips, as well as free classes, events and clinics, coming up this summer.

Find out more online at nextadventure.net/community


Next Adventure is a fully-insured licensed Outfitter and Guide with the State of Oregon.  Next Adventure is an equal opportunity Recreation Provider operating under special use permit on the Mt. Hood National Forest and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, USDA Forest Service.


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