|OregonWildflowers Locations Tire Mountain|
(Willamette National Forest)
|Best time to visit||Early to mid-June|
|PLANT LIST AVAILABLE|
The trail passes through alternating sections of mist-shrouded old-growth forests and open meadows, which means that there is a good diversity of species blooming. In the meadows, you can expect to see Cliff Larkspur (Delphinium menziesii), Northwest Balsamroot (Balsamorhiza deltoidea), Rosy Plectritis (Plectritis congesta), Cardwell's Penstemon (Penstemon cardwellii), Tolmie's Cat's Ear (Calochortus tolmiei), Scalloped Onion (Allium crenulatum), Sulphur Flower Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum var. umbellatum), Bluefield Gilia (Gilia capitata), Common Camas (Camassia quamash), Harsh Paintbrush (Castilleja hispida), Common Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus), Oregon Sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum var. achillaeoides), and no less than five different members of the Lomatium family.
After 6.6 miles you will come to a road junction. Proceed straight (onto Forest Road 1910) for another 0.3 mile, and then veer right at a fork in the road onto Forest Road 1911. In another 0.4 mile you will see a trailhead (marked "Alpine Trail" with no mention whatsoever of Tire Mountain!) on the left side of the road, and parking turnouts on both sides of the road. The trail starts here.
After climbing through a second-growth, then old-growth, forest for 1.2 miles, you will come to a trail junction marked by a log with the words "TIRE MTN" carved into it. Be sure to turn right at this junction, or you will eventually end up at Buckhead Mountain (or, worse yet, get mowed down by a mountain biker).
You will reach the first of the meadows shortly after that trail junction.
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