In honor of Earth Day and the start of Oregon Native Plant Appreciation Week, we invite you on a wildflower hike!
Located in the foothills between Murphy and Wilderville, Oregon, and directly above Fish Hatchery Park, Bolt Mountain offers spectacular views of the Applegate Valley, and is one of the only low-elevation serpentine habitats in the Applegate River Watershed. Serpentine soils are low in essential plant nutrients and high in heavy metals; the associated plant communities are sparse, rocky and unusual. Between stunted pine and manzanita grow innumerable wildflower species — some found only on serpentine soils, and others limited to small geographic areas. In general, serpentine soils are known for rare and beautiful wildflowers. Bolt Mountain is sure to have plants seldom found in the Applegate River watershed. Join us to explore Bolt Mountain. The flowers should be blooming and the views are always great!
The hike is moderate to difficult. The trail is 6.4 miles round-trip to the summit, and includes roughly 1000' elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, appropriate clothing and a friend.
The hike is being hosted by ANN and the Siskiyou Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. Together we work to advocate for the native flora of the Applegate Valley. Come out and enjoy the diversity!
When: Sunday, April 23, 2017 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Where: Meet at the Bolt Mountain Trailhead at Fish Hatchery Park. Parking is $5.
Driving Directions: From the intersection of Hwy. 199 and 238 in Grants Pass, proceed on Hwy. 238 towards Murphy. Continue on Hwy. 238 towards Murphy for 1.5 miles then turn right onto New Hope Road. In 3.2 miles, turn right onto Fish Hatchery Road. Just before the bridge over the Appelgate River, turn right onto Wetherbee St. which ends in the parking lot for Fish Hatchery Park and Bolt Mt.