Rough and Ready Creek Botanical Wayside

 

Rough and Ready Creek Botanical Wayside


The botanical site consists of a 19 acre Oregon State Park, an 1,164 acre BLM Area of Critical Environmental Concern and a 1,560 acre U.S. Forest Service Botanical Area. A rocked trail originates at the parking area, traverses the state park and leads to Rough and Ready Creek on BLM land. The majority of the area lacks designated trails and can be explored by foot travel only.

Description: Soils at Rough and Ready flat consist of ultramafic alluvial deposits from Rough and Ready Creek. The ultramafic deposits have led to serpentine soil conditions favoring a unique plant community which is sparse and desert like in appearance. Rising above the flat are knob like hills characterized by non-serpentine soils where dense Douglas-fir forests, typical of the Pacific Northwest, flourish. The flat provides an excellent place to observe the strong effect soil type has on vegetation. People are typically surprised to learn that although desert like in appearance, the flat receives 60-70 inches annual precipitation.

Safety First: The rocky terrain mostly lacks trails, thus adequate foot and ankle protection should be worn. Rattlesnakes may be present during much of the year. Summer temperatures often exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit and no drinking water is available on site or any bathroom facilities.

Forest: Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest with the Medford District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the State of Oregon

Directions: Rough and Ready Botanical State Park Wayside is located about 4.5 miles south of Cave Junction, Oregon along highway 199. Parking is available on the west side of the highway. The pull-out features a trailhead, a covered picnic table and a kiosk with botanical interpretation. For more information contact Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Oregon Plants and Oregon Places:Rough and Ready Creek by Darren Borgias pdf of pictures and background


District: Wild Rivers Ranger District


Visit Cave Junction.com for a list of wildflower species and approximate bloom time.



Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest; USDI Bureau of Land Management, Medford District BLM; and, State of Oregon Parks Department.
Closest Towns: O'brien, Oregon, 1.5 miles south; and, Cave Junction, Oregon, 4.5 miles north.

Source: US Forest Service

 

*E* = Endangered Species
*R* = Rare Species
*S* = Sensitive Species
*F* = Federally Listed
( ) = Scientific Name
Blooming in April
common yarrow
(achillea millefolium)
waldo rock-cress *E*
(arabis aculeolata)
koehler's rock-cress *E*
(arabis koehleri)
McDonald's rock-cress *FES*
(arabis macdonaldiana)
nodding arnica
(arnica cordifolia)
deltoid balsamroot
(balsamorhiza deltoidia)
harvest lily
(brodiaea elegans)
siskiyou ceanothus
(ceanothus pumilus)
purple & white chinese houses
(collinsia heterophylla)
coast larkspur
(delphinium decorum)
henderson's shooting star
(dodecatheon hendersonii)
cushion buckwheat
(eriogonum caespitosum)
blue field gilia
(gilia capitata)
large fruited lomatium
(lomatium macrocarpum)
purpule-mouse-ears *RE*
AKA-douglas-monkeyflower
(mimulus douglasii)
monkeyflower
(mimulus guttatus)
naked broomrape
(orobanche uniflora)
western buttercup
(ranunculus occidentalis)
hooker's indian pink *S*
(silene hookerii)
hall's violet *RE*
(viola hallii)
two-eyed violet *RE*
(viola ocellata)
common yarrow
(achillea millefolium)
scythe-leaved onion
(allium falcifolium)
waldo rock-cress *E*
(arabis aculeolata)
McDonald's rock-cress *FES*
(arabis macdonaldiana)
nodding arnica
(arnica cordifolia)
Blooming in May
deltoid balsamroot
(balsamorhiza deltoidea)
harvest lily
(brodiaea elegans)
cat's ear
(calochortus elegans)
short-lobed red indian paintbrush
(castilleja brevilobata)
siskiyou ceanothus
(ceanothus pumilus)
field or meadowcheekweed
(cerastiumarvense)
purple & white chinese houses
(collinsia heterophylia)
coast larkspur
(delphinium decorum)
henderson's shooting star
(dodecatheon hendersonii)
cushion buckwheat
(eriogonum caespitosum)
oregon sunshine
(eriophyllum lanatum)
rough wallflower
(erysimum asperum)
bluefield gilia
(gilia capitata)
carrot-leaved horkelia
(horkelia daucifolia)
siskiyou iris
(iris bracteata)
large-fruited lomatium
(lomatium macrocarpum)
purple-mouse-ears *RE*
(AKA-douglas monkey flower)
monkey flower
(mimulus guttatus)
naked broomropoe
(orobanche uniflora)
azure penstemon
(penstemon azureus)
showy plox
(phlox speciosa)
western buttercup
(ranunculus occidentalis)
hooker's indian pink *S*
(silene hookerii)
moth mullein
(verbascum blattaria)
hall's violet *RE*
(viola hallii)
two-eyed violet *RE*
(viola ocellata)

 

 

 

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