NPSO 2012 Annual Meeting
Field Trip - Dutchman Peak Botanical Area
Leaders: Barbara Mumblo and co-leader Shelley Tanquary. Barbara is a long-time Forest Service Botanist in the Applegate area on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National (Siskiyou Mtns Ranger District) and Shelley has been a Siskiyou Chapter NPSO member for 30 years.
Difficulty: Stops along the road with short, easy hikes.
Description: They will lead a trip to the Dutchman Peak Botanical Area and time allowing, also to the nearby Observation Peak Botanical Area. Both botanical areas have long been destination points for botanists visiting the area. The areas are at high elevations (from 5,700’ to 7,400’) along the east-west running Siskiyou Crest and include a large variety of plant species. Once at Dutchman, the trip will be stops along the road and short easy hikes from the car to view the botanical diversity.
Floristic Highlights: Some species more common in eastern Oregon, such as Artemisa arbuscula and Cercocarpus ledifolius, can be found at Dutchman Peak, while Observation Peak is a high elevation serpentine plant community. Rare species we will see include Horkelia hendersonii, Castilleja schizotricha, Epilobium siskiyouense, Erigeron bloomeri var. nudatus, Polystichum lemmonii, and Erigeron petrophilus.
General Driving Directions: The trip is approx. 70 miles (2 hours driving) one way-via Hwy 199 to Wilderville, Fish Hatchery Road to Murphy, Hwy 238 to Ruch, Upper Applegate Rd to Star Ranger Station, and then Road 20 to Dutchman Peak.
Group Size Limit: 25
Finish Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
RT Mileage: 140 miles
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