The planned destination was Iron Mountain—but the Sweet Home Ranger District described a large snow bank that would make the lookout inaccessible, a 70% chance of snow and rain falling during the day, and the peak of wildflowers occurring in about four weeks (third week of July). With this in mind, and only two hikers involved, we changed our plans and hiked Tire Mountain instead. This was a good decision. We found the wildflowers at their peak, with carpets of pink Plectitis (according to Sullivan’s book), lots of larkspur, columbine, camas, tiger lilies and many other flowers. The trail was a bit wet, but not a problem, and despite an ominous weather forecast, we had only a brief sprinkle, which we deserved for having taken our rain jackets off. We found 2 or 3 sizable trees across the trail near the top, but were able to climb over or under them to reach the summit for lunch. Thanks to our change of plans, we had a great day!Members: Sue Wolling, Dalen Willhite.
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