Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 Native Plant Field Hikes

Anyone is welcome to join these free trips. Please reserve a spot on any hike by contacting the trip leader.

Trip Leaders, here are the documents to print for each walk you lead. 

Click Here for the Release Form (Have all attendees fill out)

April 29:  MVIC Native Plant Garden Tour
Wander around the Methow Valley Interpretive Center’s Native Plant Garden and hear about the many medicinal and edible uses of the plants we find there. We will meet at 11am. Space is limited to 12. Reserve your spot by contacting the trip leaders. Rosalee & Xavier de la ForĂȘt or 997-0545

May 28Pearrygin Lake 

A walk in the hills just above Pearrygin Lake on Sunday May 28th; we will park along the road at the big pond on the way in to the lake and walk east from there, around the pond and over hill and dale. making a loop. The terrain will be mild, not steep, but the hike
will be in off trail in the shrub-steppe. We will do some botany-- learning to identify plant families, identifying the grasses that we see, and keying out a few plants just for the fun of it.

There are at least a couple of unusual plants of there: a favorite of mine, blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium), and a rare plant called Monolepis which
we may or may not find.

We will meet at the trailhead parking lot adjacent to Winthrop Physical Therapy at 9 AM, and will try to be back to the cars at 1 PM, after walking 2-3 miles.
Call or write Dana to sign up or with questions. 

May 5: Goal Wall Hike out of Mazama
Our route up the Goat Wall Trail will zigzag gently from the climbing rock parking lot, rather than straight up.  We'll meet at the Mazama store first, to insure all have lunches, water, and to carpool.  Register with Eric Burr & Margrit Broennimann

July 8th: Sweetgrass Butte (Suitable Road and Snow condition dependent)

Sweetgrass Butte is about 17 miles out of Winthrop up the Cub Creek drainage on mostly FS gravel roads.  High clearance vehicles may be needed. You can drive to the top of the Butte, but road conditions may not be ideal.  At 6100’ the plants are starting to take on a bit of that subalpine and alpine feel.  Once up to the Butte, the terrain is easy to moderate depending on where we end up.  Good hiking shoes/boots are recommended.  Bring a lunch, bug repellant, sunscreen, water, and the basic back country attire for all possible weather.  We will meet at the Barn in Winthrop at 8am to carpool.  We will return to the Barn no later than 3 pm.  I will check on road and snow conditions just prior to the trip and let those signed up know what to expect.
Limited to 10 people.

Contact Therese Ohlson or call 509-997-0118. 

July 15-16: Dollar Watch Mountain Obsidian
This is an 18 mile round trip overnight campout in the Pasayten Wilderness. We plan to camp near the Lost River confluence of Deception Creek where we will look for volcanic rocks on Sunday morning. The total elevation gain and trail level of difficulty is moderate, crossing two low passes Billy Goat Pass (<1500 ft relief) and Lucky Pass (1200 ft relief). Email George for more information and a list of required gear for this extended outing. A short version of the hike that only goes to Billy Goat Pass for a Saturday day hike is possible if a leader volunteers for the return portion. Billy Goat Pass is an easy 1.5 mile hike beginning at Eightmile Pass Trailhead. It goes along a Rocky Trail and ends at the Pasayten Wilderness Boundary. Rock lovers will like shrubby penstemon and saxifrages; shade lovers will like Tiarella.

Confirm attendance with leader George Wooten (509-997-6010,, limit 12 people total. You will need Wilderness gear, backpack, meals for 2 days, sleeping bag and a tent. We will carpool from Winthrop. Parking permits are required for $5 per day if you don't have a pass.

June 23: Butterfly Field Trip
Depending on conditions, we’ll choose a spot with easy walking where we can enjoy the flowers and catch butterflies to look at them closely, and then release them. Bring nets and field guides if you have them, but we have extras. Look for location confirmation via email a few days in advance of the trip. We will meet at 9am. Limited to 12 people. To reserve your spot, notify Joyce. 509-996-7808

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