Grants Pass Area Siskiyous


Day Hike - Grants Pass Area Siskiyous

See spectacular spring wildflowers in premier North American serpentine areas in highly diverse and botanically-rich Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion, and enjoy bird sights and songs. April 18 Limpy Creek Botanical Area, Rough & Ready Botanical Wayside and darlingtonia (pitcher plant)/ serpentine areas in Illinois Vly; April 19 Waters Creek.

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  • Sat, Apr 18, 2020 — Sun, Apr 19, 2020
  • Seattle Naturalists Committee
  • Exploring Nature, Photography, Day Hiking
  • Adults
  • Easy+
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft

updated 2/8:

Members only.  Minimum 3 participants.

4/18 - 8:00am Limpy Creek Botanical Area trailhead, early afternoon hike Rough & Ready Botanical Area.    Time & interest permitting in afternoon, we'll visit Darlingtonia (pitcher plant) fens and serpentine flowers in Illinois Vly "Dry Gulch" or Eight Dollar Mtn boardwalk trail. 

4/19 - 8:30am Waters Creek trailhead

Directions to Limpy Creek:  From Grants Pass, drive southwest on Highway 199 to Riverbanks Road and proceed on Riverbanks Road to Limpy Creek Road. Follow Limpy Creek Road for approximately three miles to the trailhead.

Directions to Eight Dollar Mountain:  From Grants Pass, drive south on highway 199 for approximately 3 miles to the town of Selma, turn west (right) on the Illinois River Road (forest road 4201) for approx 1 mile where you will see a sign and a large paved parking area on the left for the Eight Dollar Mountain trail across the road.

Directions to Rough & Ready Botanical Trail/Wayside:  On US199 (Redwood Highway) S of Grants Pass, drive 5.2 miles south of Cave Junction.  Just past Illinois Valley Airport entry is a sign identifying wayside and small fenced parking area on right (west) side of highway.

Directions to Waters Creek  From Grants Pass, drive south on Redwood Highway 199 for 14.4 miles, across the bridge above Applegate River, to Waters Creek Road (there are signs on the side of the road before the turn). Turn right and follow the road 2.5 miles to the trailhead.

updated 2/8:

For members only. 

Leisurely to moderate pace group hikes, with 20-minute lunch and opportunities for short to extended photo/naturalist stops.  If you're looking for a faster paced hike or solo hiking, please consider joining a trip that better matches your expectations.

See route/place details link for brief trail descriptions.  Leader will provide copies of trail descriptions to participants.

4/18 - morning hike at Limpy Creek, afternoon hike at Rough & Ready Botanical Wayside .  Time & interest permitting in afternoon, we'll visit Darlingtonia (pitcher plant) fens and serpentine flowers in Illinois Vly "Dry Gulch" or Eight Dollar Mtn boardwalk trail. 

4/19 - morning hike Waters Creek

Links to Limpy Creek, Eight Dollar Mountain trail, Rough & Ready, TJ Howell Botanical Drive (incl Dry Gulch):

Limpy Creek:

Rough & Ready wildflower photos:  www.pnwflowers/photos/april

Eight Dollar Mtn:

Eight Dollar Mountain plant list:

TJ Howell Botanical Drive:

Serpentine plant communities  info:

Reserved accommodations recommended:  Valley of the Rogue SP (tenting/std sites & yurts); Josephine county park campgrounds near Grants Pass; or motels in Medford or Grants Pass.    Reserve campsite ASAP or shared cost site may be available; limited tent sites.   Leader will be tenting at Valley of the Rogue SP.

Before registering, be aware of drive times.  Approx drive time (mod. traffic), add 1+ hr for possible heavy I-5 traffic:  Seattle to Grants Pass/Medford 7-8 hr. Carpooling encouraged.

Consider extending your visit to Siskiyou botanical areas, combining this trip with Table Rocks 4/17


Grants Pass Area Siskiyous

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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