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Southern Oregon Wildflower Hikes You Do Not Want To Miss

Southern Oregon is amazing and beautiful year round but if you want to be completely enchanted you must visit us in the spring!  Waking up from it’s winter slumber we are surrounded by the gorgeous blooms of flowering  pear, cherry, peach, and apple trees and the Dogwoods and Hawthorne trees will not be ignored.  And then of course the earth comes alive on our hiking trails making it prime time to venture out.

I reached out to our Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest to add to my list of favorite wildflower hikes in our region and we chose a combination of easy, family-friendly hikes and some a little more technical for advanced hikers.

Lower Table Rocks - Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

UPPER & LOWER TABLE ROCKS | White City

Distance:  Lower Table Rock 4.8 miles out and back ;  Upper Table Rock 3.3 miles out and back. | Moderate | Kid-Friendly | No Dogs

The Table Rocks are some of the most popular hikes in the Rogue Valley taking you to amazing 360 views.  While there are some areas of incline, it is very family friendly with wide trails.  You will have to carry toddlers sometimes, but for the most part they can trek on their own.

Some of the wildflowers you will see include California goldfields , grass widows, yellowleaf iris, Henderson's fawn lily

Read more about the Table Rocks HERE.

Get to Lower Table Rock Trailhead

Get to Upper Table Rock Trailhead

EIGHT DOLLAR MOUNTAIN BOARDWALK | Selma

Distance:  1/8 of a mile | Easy Hike | Kid-Friendly | Dog-Friendly on leash

Eight Dollar is an amazing recreation site that is not only great for hikers, but it is wheelchair accessible.  It includes an interpretive trail with a botany guide, and views of the Siskiyou Mountain Range and Illinois River.  If you want to take a more challenging route hike the Jeffrey Pine Trail one mile loop that overlooks the Illinois River!

Some of the wildflowers you will see include:  California pitcher plant, western azalea

Read more about Eight Dollar Mountain HERE and HERE

Get THERE

TJ HOWELL BOTANICAL DRIVE | Selma

Distance:  7.5 mile drive

Not a hike, but actually a drive, take a trip to see some of the natural wonders of the Siskiyou Mountains.

Some of the wildflowers and plant species you will see are listed HERE

More details HERE

Get there:

Directions from the forest service website: From Selma, OR, travel south on Highway 199, and turn right onto Eight Dollar Road. Travel for one mile. Set your odometer to zero at the parking area for the Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area. All mileage is listed from this point.

Drive carefully; the road is narrow, and gravel portions are rough and washboarded.

GRIZZLY PEAK | Ashland

Distance:  5.4 miles loop | Moderate Hike | Kid-Friendly | Dog-Friendly on leash

This is a great day hike with gradual incline it gives a lot of bang for the fairly short hike that it is.  It is very family friendly with wide trails and the view at the top is an awe-inspiring 360 view.

Some of the wildflowers you will see include: Indian paintbrush, columbine, wild rose.

Read more HERE

Get THERE

Hobart Bluff 2

HOBART BLUFF | Ashland

Distance:  2.3 out and back | Moderate | Kid-Friendly | Dogs on leash

This is one of our favorite hikes to take our kids on!  It is partially tree covered for hot days and is literally covered in wildflowers through most of the hike.  Once you get to the top the views are amazing with lots of places to explore.

Some of the wildflowers you will see include: Fairy slippers, Indian paintbrush, columbine, wild rose

Read more HERE

Get THERE

COLLINGS MOUNTAIN | Applegate

Distance:  6.9 miles out & back | Moderate | Kid-Friendly | Dogs on leash

The Collings Mountain trail while known for it's hike to the Bigfoot Trap is also features magnificent view of the Siskiyou Crest and Applegate Lake.

Some of the wildflowers you will see include:  Fairy Slippers

Read more HERE

Get THERE

STERLING MINE DITCH TRAIL-BEAR GULCH TRAIL to TUNNEL RIDGE LOOP | Jacksonville

Distance:  4.7 miles loop trail | Moderate | Kid-Friendly | Dogs

A network of trails that you can hike up to 18.8 miles but I chose this one because it is kid-friendly.  Take in beautiful views and you are in tree cover for parts of the hike.

Some of the wildflowers you will see include: Indian paintbrush, Henderson's fawn lily, shooting stars, and more.

Read more HERE

Get THERE

BRITT WOODLANDS TRAILS | Jacksonville

Distance:  Rich Gulch 1.5 Milies | Easy & Beekman Loop | 1 Mile

Both are moderate to easy

Britt Woodlands trails are a networks of more than 16 miles of trails.  Some are very easy others can have quite an incline.  Our favorites are the Rich Gulch Trail taking the short offshoot to Panorama Point and visiting the Chinese digging grounds.  Choose your own adventure on this network of trails.

Some of the wildflowers you will see include: Gentner's Fritillaria (one of the rarest native plants in the world, and only found in isolated populations in southern Oregon), star flower, fritallia recurva, oregon grape, pinks, and more.

Read more HERE

Get there:  Go up 1st Street to Fir Street.  Follow Fir Street up, past the Britt grounds to a dirt parking area.

Roxy Ann Hike

ROXY ANN / PRESCOTT PARK | Medford

Distance: 4 Miles loop | Moderate to hard | Kid-friendly | Dogs on leash

Located only five miles from the center of Medford it makes for the perfect day hike.  Trails can be a little rocky some times but the view at the top makes it all worth it with amazing views of the Rogue Valley.

Some of the wildflowers you will see include: Columbine

Read more HERE

Get THERE

Of course this is just the tip of the iceburg where you can find wildflowers in southern Oregon.  We have hundreds of hiking trails that show off the natural beauty  of southern Oregon.  You just need to get out there to explore!

 

HIKING TIPS

SUPPLIES

Plenty of water and snacks

Proper hiking shoes

Hiking poles

Sunscreen

Hat

Sunglasses

First aid kit

Compass

BE AWARE

Poison oak is everywhere in southern Oregon so please stay on the trails to avoid getting infected.

As the weather warms rattlesnakes can be found in the area just keep your eyes open.

Check for ticks on you animals and even you if you walk through any long grass or under low hanging trees.

In more secluded areas you may want to carry bear spray or have a bear bell as a warning device.  Being aware is half the battle.

LEAVE NO TRACE

Pack out what you pack in, and then some.  Some may think that orange and banana peels are natural so you can leave them behind, but they too take time to biodegrade so they too must be packed out. See more about Leave no Trace HERE

We hope that you can get out to enjoy our trails this spring!  You will surely be overcome with the beauty that you can only find in southern Oregon.  Happy hiking!

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What to do in Southern Oregon
Lanessa Pierce is the owner and social media manager of
"What to Do in Southern Oregon" a local events blog, website
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and adventures. Lanessa enjoys all that Oregon has to offer
with her husband and two children, getting outdoors as much
as possible. She is also passionate about local
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