Monday, July 15, 2013

Order Now! The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology

A new hiking and natural history guide to the Siskiyou Crest.

An invaluable and detailed tool for exploring this little known, yet wonderfully diverse region. The Siskiyou Crest: Hikes, History & Ecology explores the sunlit oak woodlands, ancient old-growth forests, scrubby slopes of chaparral, pristine mountain lakes, and the rugged, flower-filled ridgelines of the Siskiyou Crest.

The author examines the region's wild character, unique biological diversity, unusual botany, fire ecology, natural history, and human history with each hike description and introductory chapter. 
  • 76 Hikes
  • 19 Roadless Areas
  • The Red Buttes Wilderness
  • The Siskiyou Wilderness
  • The entire proposed Siskiyou Crest National Monument 
The book outlines the region's many threats and potential solutions to these threats, including the proposed designation of the Siskiyou Crest National Monument.

Take this book along on any Siskiyou Crest adventure!

Books are available through this website and at the following retail stores:

Medford, Oregon
The Northwest Outdoor Store

Ashland, Oregon
The Northwest Nature Shop
The Ashland Outdoor Store
Bloomsbury Books
Get n' Gear

Grants Pass, Oregon
Oregon Books & Games
Aquarius Books & Gifts

Eugene, Oregon
Tsunami Books
Backcountry Gear, Inc.

Crescent City, California
Jefferson State Books


Saturday, July 13, 2013

Endemic wildflowers of the Siskiyou Crest!

Fritillaria glacua (Siskiyou fritillaria) growing from rocky scree on Goodbye Ridge in the Kangaroo Roadless Area

Summer in the Siskiyou Mountains is prime time to enjoy the region's renowned botanical diversity. Whether hunting rare wildflowers or enjoying common, yet colorful species, the Siskiyou Crest offers some of the West Coast's most diverse flower displays. Many species found in the region are endemic to the area, meaning they are found only in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains. In this post I have featured a few species endemic to the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains. Look for them while you are out and about this summer. 

Lillium bolanderi (Bolander's lily) growing from serpentine boulders along Clear Creek in the Siskiyou Wilderness
Castilleja schizotricha (Split-hair paintbrush) growing on serpentine balds near the summit of Big Red Mountain

Lewisia cotyledon (Siskiyou bitterroot) near Cook and Green Pass in the Condrey Mountain Roadless Area
Epilobium siskiyouensis (Siskiyou willow-herb) growing on White Mountain in the Condrey Mountain Roadless Area
Cypripedium californicum (California lady's-slipper) growing in a serpentine seep near Cook and Green Pass
Gentiana plurisetosa (Bristly gentian) growing in the wet meadows surrounding Bigelow Lakes