1) Memaloose Hills
A favorite wildflower hike, we found a perfect day – not windy, balsam root fully blooming, lupine and paintbrush just beginning to open. Splendid!
Balsam root, lupine, paintbrush and yellow parsley near the trailhead.
Lower meadow with buttercups and balsam root.
Emerging from the woods to the yellow slope of Chatfield Hill.
Mt Hood to the southwest.
More flowery slopes to the east.
Mt Adams to the north near the top of the hill.
So many flowers!
Mt Adams, the river, the northern Memaloose Hill with fewer flowers.
Columbia River to the west.
Mt Hood and Mt Adams bookend this panoramic view from the top.
Back to the lower meadow, Tom McCall Point in the distance.
Last peek at Mt Adams.
Many other flowers among the showy balsam root!
blue eyed Mary
buttercup, shooting star
popcorn flower, buttercups
the garden on top
and a bird
2) Lower Tom McCall trail at Rowena Crest
We just had time to walk the lower mile through one of my favorite trail sections, desert parsley alley. The upper Tom McCall trail will be in full bloom soon.
View of Tom McCall Point from the trailhead.
Plenty of balsam root blooming here!
Lower Parsley Alley
Columbia desert parsley
Looking back at Rowena Crest viewpoint, Mt Adams on the horizon.
Columbia River and Lyle, WA
From our high point, just past the first switchback, we could see the bright yellow backside of the Memaloose Hills where we had hiked earlier today.
We walked back through Upper Parsley Alley, where the fern leaf parsley waves it’s regal flower heads.
Map of our two hikes:
Hike #20 for 2019. 4.7 miles and 600 feet for the day.
I finished attaching the uppers to the soles on the Frost Slippers. Next to pick up the cuffs and knit upward….
New blooms in the garden this week:
phlox, Chinese Fringe Flower
hyacinth blue bells
forget me nots
blue eyed grass