|OregonWildflowers Locations John B. Yeon State Park|
|Area||Columbia Gorge (west - OR)|
(Mount Hood National Forest)
|Best time to visit||Early April through May|
|Trail Info||1.4 miles round-trip and 200 foot elevation gain to Elowah Falls|
2.0 miles round-trip and 400 foot elevation gain to Upper McCord Creek Falls
|PLANT LIST AVAILABLE|
|Hike information - Oregon Hikers Field Guide|
John B. Yeon State Park contains two terrific waterfalls: Elowah Falls and Upper McCord Creek Falls. It is also a wonderful place to see a fine variety of spring wildflowers, including several uncommon species such as White Shooting Star (Dodecatheon dentatum), Cliff Paintbrush (Castilleja rupicola), Cliff Penstemon (Penstemon rupicola), and three endemics... Columbia Kittentails (Synthyris missurica ssp. stellata), Columbia Gorge Fleabane (Erigon oreganus), and Howell's Daisy (Erigeron howellii).
NOTE: In order to maximize your wildflower viewing experience, I HIGHLY encourage you to make the extra climb to Upper McCord Creek Falls. The trail is well-graded, and there are many species which can only be seen blooming on the cliffs at the higher portion of the trail.
If you are approaching from the east, take Exit 37 (Warrendale). Drive west on Warrendale Road for 0.25 mile to a stop sign. Turn left, pass under the freeway and turn left again onto Frontage Road. Drive 0.25 east to the trailhead parking lot.
CAVEAT: Do not leave valuables in your car!
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Elowah Falls, John B. Yeon State Park
Upper McCord Creek Falls, John B. Yeon State Park
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