Warning/note about East Gorge Flower Season

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Warning/note about East Gorge Flower Season

Post by drm » April 7th, 2021, 7:13 am

Now that areas like Catherine Creek and Syncline are nearing the flower peak, I just want to mention that the parking problems that became apparent at Dog Mountain in recent years (it won't peak for another month), are true at the East Gorge locations too. No, they are not as bad as Dog Mountain, but no parking spaces means no parking spaces. The long lot at Catherine Creek was full yesterday at lunch, that's a weekday. The long-range forecast says we will have an extended heat wave next week. The flowers should be great, but accessing them may be a challenge. Especially if you are driving in from a long ways away, please research alternative trailheads and aim for low use hours as much as you can.

And I think the crowding issues equally apply on the Oregon side at places like Rowena Plateau. Everything is packed.

And make sure you can identify poison oak. The leaves are still too small to use the 3-part rule. They are coming in as reddish/brown tufts of leaves, not green. The stuff is really really widespread out there.

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Re: Warning/note about East Gorge Flower Season

Post by bushwhacker » April 8th, 2021, 5:40 am

Points well taken. A couple of other observations:

1) Bring your tick spray (Permethrin seems to work best). It's that time of year.
2) If I am not mistaken April 5 - 9 is Washington State spring break so that may account for the additional folks at some of the trail heads (Oregon spring break has already come and gone).

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Re: Warning/note about East Gorge Flower Season

Post by retired jerry » April 8th, 2021, 7:43 am

"bring your tick spray"

just to be clear, you want to apply permethrin at home and let it dry, like over night

on pants, gaiters, socks,...

don't apply permethrin to your skin, unhealthful

you could apply DEET to your skin

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Re: Warning/note about East Gorge Flower Season

Post by adamschneider » April 8th, 2021, 9:04 am

retired jerry wrote:
April 8th, 2021, 7:43 am
just to be clear, you want to apply permethrin at home and let it dry, like over night

on pants, gaiters, socks,...

don't apply permethrin to your skin, unhealthful
Meh, I usually give my pant legs and shoes a quick spritz of permethrin when I get to to the trailhead. I haven't grown any extra fingers or toes yet. :)

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Re: Warning/note about East Gorge Flower Season

Post by drm » April 10th, 2021, 10:08 am

Permethrin is an irritant, not so much a cancer-causing or birth defect-causing toxin. You should avoid getting wet permethrin on your skin, and especially breathing it into your lungs, etc. The the impacts are generally acute, not chronic. If it's going to cause a problem, it will be soon, not years later.

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