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Zumwalt Prairie

Zumwalt Prairie and Wallowa County Birding and Wildflowers

Head into the North Eastern corner of Oregon and the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve. The Prairie is situated in the Wallowa River Valley northeast of Joseph, Oregon, and the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast. A tapestry of more than 100 wildflower species, from lupine to goldenrod find space in the 33,000 acres. This Nature Conservancy preserve is part of the largest intact bunchgrass prairie in North America.

Zumwalt Prairie
Elk Weed aka Monument plant, Deer’s Ears

Supporting one of the highest concentrations of breeding hawks and eagles in North America, the Zumwalt Prairie is also home to falcons making this a haven for birds of prey and 17 species of grassland songbirds. Many large mammals in the Prairie include elk, mule deer, big horn sheep and bobcats.

Make your reservation today at an Oregon Bed and Breakfast in Joseph, Oregon.  Then spend a day, or two, hiking the Zumwalt Prairie in search of the rare Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, once wiped out from the prairies of Oregon. While in the area you’ll want to also visit the Wallowa Lake region where a wide variation in habitat and terrain draw a large number of species. You best book a few extra night to see it all!

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

Best Oregon Waterfalls with spectacular Wildflower Bloom

Spectacular Oregon Wildflower Bloom and Waterfalls

Summer is an ideal time to hit Oregon hiking trails for wildflowers and waterfalls.

Willamette Valley

Parker Creek FallsParker Creek Falls and Alder Creek Falls are roadside on the way up to Mary’s Peak, the highest in Oregon’s Coast Range at 4,097 feet. On a clear day from the top you can see both the Pacific Ocean to the west and many of the Cascade peaks to the east across the Willamette Valley.

With four main trails to choose from, wildflowers come into bloom in the meadows and rock gardens throughout late spring and summer. Look for glacier lilies, scalloped onion, harsh Indian paintbrush, Cardwell’s penstemon and spreading phlox. Day trip to here from MaMere’s Guest House.

Oregon Coast

Travel south along the Oregon Coast from Oceanside to The Nature Conservancy’s Cascade Head Preserve. Hike the 3.4-mile trail to see rare wildflowers, including hairy checkermallow and the Cascade Head catchfly – most of the catchfly’s world population found only here.

Secret Beach Falls is tucked into the northern-most end where the Oregon Coast Trail squishes between the road and the overlook to Thunder Rock Cove.

Port Orford Heads State Park is home to a number of hikes where you’ll find beautiful flowers such as coast lily and coastal gumweed. The entire Curry county shoreline is public, bordered by scenic viewpoints, parks, sea stacks and natural bridges. On the headland trails, you’ll hike through a forest of mixed conifer into rugged headlands, spotting wild iris, cat’s ear and hot-pink salmonberry flowers along the route. Day trip from WildSpring Guest Habitat

Eastern Oregon

Wilson Ranches Retreat should be your home base when visiting the John Day Fossil Beds. Take an stroll along the Clarno Unit trails to see Mariposa lilies, orange globe mallow, purple sage, prairie clovers and more. Look for golden bee plant, hedgehog cactus and bitterroot along the five Painted Hills trails through May.

Head into the North Eastern corner of Oregon and the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve. The Prairie is situated in the Wallowa River Valley northeast of Joseph, Oregon, and the Bronze Antler Bed and Breakfast. A tapestry of more than 100 wildflower species, from lupine to goldenrod find space in the 33,000 acres. This Nature Conservancy preserve is part of the largest intact bunchgrass prairie in North America.

Portland Region

Just minutes from Fulton House Bed and Breakfast is Tryon Creek State Natural Area hikers can spot the white three-petaled Trillium on the aptly named Trillium Trail.

Tucked in the neighborhoods of West Linn, the Camassia Natural Area is in a lesser-known wildflower haven that is a must-visit come springtime. On the 1.4-mile loop hike, which features a boardwalk through sensitive areas, you’ll find many species of wildflower, including camas lily, blue-eyed Mary and buttercup.

Powell Butte Nature Park is home to 611 acres of meadowland and forest that is open to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. In the spring, you can spot more than a dozen wildflower species, including foxglove, Oregon sunshine, dog rose and blue elderberry.

Mt Hood and the Columbia River Gorge

Located near Hood River, Rowena Crest has one of the most incredible views of the Columbia Gorge. The wide, paved pullout along the Historic Columbia River Highway is at the top of a high hill, which allows for spectacular panoramic views of the Columbia River, a hidden lake, the curved highway and basalt cliffs.

The Tom McCall Preserve is open from March 1 to October 31. Oregon’s most impressive displays of spring wildflowers is found amidst the mounds, swales and vernal pools of this grassland preserve. More than 300 plant species, including grass widows, prairie stars, shooting stars, balsamroot, lupine and Indian paintbrush thrive here.

The open grasslands are home to four plant species unique to the Columbia River Gorge: Thompson’s broadleaf lupine, Columbia desert parsley, Thompson’s waterleaf and Hood River milk-vetch

For spectacular summer Wildflower Bloom and waterfalls start at the Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort parking lot, take the service road up to Upper Heather Canyon Falls then hike the Timberline Trail past Pencil Falls and back down to the lodge. The wildflowers were amazing. The views were stunning. Take a bit off your mileage with a ride on the Stadium chair lift for trail access.

You can extend your hike with the Umbrella Falls and Sahalie Falls, a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked trail located near Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, wildflowers, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Best Oregon Waterfalls with spectacular Wildflower Bloom
Start, and end, your adventure chasing wildflowers and waterfalls on Mt Hood at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon’s statewide mask requirement for indoor public places was lifted on March 12.

After mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

 

Wildflowers are popping up across the landscape in Columbia River Gorge. Spring wildflower bloom in the Gorge is a stunning display you don’t want to miss. Plan your wildflower hike soon.

Memaloose Hills:

Memaloose Hills is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located in the Columbia River Gorge that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The hike takes you through a moderate oak forest with occasional evergreens. Featured photo is from the high point on the trail, Chatfield Hill

Mosier Plateau:

This trail begins in the town of Mosier, follows Mosier Creek up the hill, through a pioneer cemetery, onto the Mosier Plateau. This trail is part of Gorge Towns to Trails project, a comprehensive trail system that wraps around the Columbia Gorge, linking communities with recreation. The trail was completed in the summer 2013 with numerous partners and volunteers.

Catherine Creek Area

Parking is on the north side of WA14 where you can pick up trails for longer hikes and more great wildflower and bird viewing.  Catherine Creek Trail #4400 is a one mile paved trail with great views of the Columbia River on the south side of WA14. Catherine Creek Arch (1.9m) and Catherine Creek Labyrinth (5.5 miles) trails can be picked up here.

Rowena Plateau Loop

This easy stroll provides stunning views up and down the Gorge.  In late spring, the balsam root and other wildflowers are abundant.  You can’t talk about the Rowena Plateau without talking about the Tom McCall Nature Preserve. The Nature Conservancy has worked to preserve the fauna and flora here. Starting in spring, volunteers lead interpretive hikes.

Sevenmile Hill Trail

Sevenmile Hill Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate.

You’ll have stunning Columbia River Gorge Views on these trails, through open grasslands, vernal ponds and oak woodlands. Bring your camera.

Start your day at a Oregon Bed and Breakfast near Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge with a breakfast prepared from fresh local products. Or take a relaxing day trip from a Portland region bed and breakfast

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: We all may be a little rusty, and a little leery, on planning trips just yet. And while it’s almost safe enough to climb aboard that travel train, we’re ready when you are! Our inns have been proactively doing everything in our power to keep you safe and welcome you back. Not sure if your favorite inn is open? Give them a call as they just might be.