Field Trip 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course

Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course

Field Trip 3 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Swauk Forest Discovery Trail

Blewett Pass area. We will be identifying the flowers, shrubs, and birds that inhabit the east slopes of the Cascades. This will be the easiest and shortest field trip we will offer for Round 3. There is still some elevation gain, but only a very short dirt road drive.

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  • Easy+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 2.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 530 ft

TBD.  Leaders will be spending the night in Blewett Pass  so will not be able to assist as drivers.  We will provide information to participants to coordinate carpooling amongst themselves.

This is a field trip listed for those who feel the trips in the Teanaway might be too rugged or remote.  This will still be a full-day trip with about a 2 hour drive from Seattle, but almost entirely on federal and state highway.  The mountains surrounding the Blewett Pass  are often sunny when it is raining in Seattle. Plus they offer acres of beautiful wildflower meadows, making this an ideal field trip destination to practice wildflower identification. Also, many shrubs and at least nine kinds of trees are present. After this field trip you may identify these species and more:

1. Jeffrey’s Shooting Star
2. Carpenter Ant
3. Pale Tiger Swallowtail
4. Spreading Phlox
5. Ponderosa Pine
6. Western Serviceberry
7. Spreading Stonecrop
8. Western Tanager
9. Yellow-rumped Warbler
10. Common Witch’s Hair
11. Engelmann Spruce
12. Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel


Swauk Forest Discovery Trail

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

guide book

day hiking gear

Trip Reports