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A wildflower hike in the east gorge near Rowena Crest, moderate, 3.25-mile out-and back, 1070-foot elevation gain. Hike up meadowed slopes on an improved gravel trail. Offers stunning views of the Columbia River and the Rowena Plateau. Meet near the Gateway Park & Ride designated area at 8:30am to carpool or at the McCall Point trailhead at 10:00am. Drive is 150 miles round-trip: Prepare to be a driver or pay your driver $12. Bring lunch, water, dress in layers, and wear long pants to discourage ticks.
This is a premium field trip, open to Native Plant Society club members only. This will be a plant ID walk through the best known remnant of the Willamette Valley wet prairie ecosystem in Washington. Lacamas Prairie Natural Area is not open to the public. Access is only by special arrangement, such as this event. Lacamas Prairie protects one of the largest populations of Bradshaw’s lomatium, which is federally listed as "endangered". The site also protects populations of five other rare plant species: Oregon coyote-thistle, Hall’s aster, dense sedge, Nuttall’s quillwort, small-flowered trillium. The prairie remnant occurs in a native valley landscape mosaic with Oregon white oak woodland and Oregon ash wetland forest. The hike is flat, 1 mile or so, about three or four hours duration on the ground. Led by: Carlo Abbruzzese, Natural Areas Manager for Washington Department of Natural Resources. • What to bring The route will be partially through seasonally wet areas. Wear footgear for wetlands -- i.e. rubber boots, or river sandals if you prefer. Bring lunch and water. Dress to be outdoors in Northwest springtime weather. • Important to know No parking permits are required. The hike is family friendly. From the carpooling location in Portland at Gateway, the site is about 15 miles, about half hour drive. To meet directly at the site, map to (JGRV+MR Camas, Washington) or [masked], [masked]). This is at a gate off 3607 NE Ingle Rd, just north of the intersection with NE 28th St, Camas Washington. (Nearest street address is 3607 NE Ingle Rd, Camas, WA 98682). We'll park just inside the gate. If going directly to the site, plan to be there by 9:45am. There is no restroom at the site. The nearest restroom is the Lacamas Heritage Trail parking area on NE Goodwin Rd. Map to (JGPR+J2 Camas, Washington) or [masked], [masked]). The restroom is along the driving route from Portland to the site, about 1 mile before. • Remember, this is a premium hike, open to paid Native Plant Society members only. You will be politely bumped if not a member! Membership is only $25/year. http://npsoregon.org/membership.html https://www.wnps.org/membership
Hike from Salmon Falls Road Park & Ride on WA Highway 14 to Nancy Russell Overlook and back. This is a moderate hike of 5 miles round trip with 700’ elevation gain and some difficult footing. Lush woods, fantastic views and a wealth of spring wildflowers make this a must-see. Meet near Gateway Park & Ride (Portland) at 8:00am to carpool or at the trailhead at 9:00am. Prepare to be a driver or pay your driver $9. Bring lunch, water, dress in layers, and wear long pants to discourage ticks.
Over the last few years we have made excellent progress toward control of Scotch Broom on this piece of property near Carson, WA that Russ Jolley made famous on the cover of his book Wildflowers of the Columbia River Gorge. At this work party, we will be looking for and eliminating new scotch broom sprouts and removing older plants we might have missed in the past. We’ll have saws and loppers but it may be helpful to bring more, as well as your gloves and clippers. We will work for about 2 hours, from about 9:30am to 11:30am, followed by a quick lunch. After clearing scotch broom at the Great Camas Patch, the Giant Trees of Lost Creek will be the reward for your labor. Hike underneath the ancient Douglas-fir and western red-cedar trees of Lost Creek. In the late 1990s, the late Russ Jolley helped save the 170 acres of big, old trees from a timber sale and this place was dear to him. The hike will be on an unofficial path forming a fairly easy 1.5 mile loop. Expect to walk across streams on logs and climb over or around fallen trees. Anyone wanting to participate in the Scotch Broom Pull but not continue to the Lost Creek Trees hike is welcome to return home after the Scotch Broom Pull if you have driven. If you need to carpool, we will do our best to divide people up by car depending on their desire to return to Portland after the Pull or to continue to Lost Creek Trees. Contact Roger at [masked] for more information or to sign-up. This event is limited to 15 people due to the minimal parking available for the Giant Trees of Lost Creek.