Mosier Plateau 4.20.14

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Mosier Plateau 4.20.14

Post by sprengers4jc » April 21st, 2014, 4:04 pm

Originally, we had planned to do the Rowena Plateau but after getting a late start, and deciding to take Maggie, we decided to do this little trail and boy, am I glad we did! Incredible display of wildflowers on this trail, and spectacular views. We may have to put this on our 'must see' each spring. There are usually so many people on the wildflower hikes at this time of year that to only see 10 people or so was a very pleasant surprise. This hike featured at least 25 wildflower varieties, at least 4 different species of butterflies and moths and various birds and a turkey vulture.

The trail climbs from the bridge in Mosier up to the Pioneer Graveyard and then to Pocket Park and Mosier Creek Falls. Then, the switchbacks bring you up to the Plateau. The trail's terminus is on a bluff but there is a communication tower a bit higher up. I climbed up that way and saw a ton of butterflies and slightly better views of the Catherine Creek area and east toward what I believe was Rowena Plateau. There are some old cherry orchards behind the tower, too, and some more wonderful displays of balsamroot.

This hike is listed at 3.5 miles and about 600 feet of elevation. I will have to add additional pics below, as the system won't allow me to attach anymore now.
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Mosier Creek Falls
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Eastern-Tailed Blue Butterfly, snacking on some Manroot.
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Bachelor Button
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Cluster Lillies
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Sand Spring Beauty (I think)
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Maggie, enjoying a short break before the next set of switchbacks.
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One of three staircases on this trail
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Big Headed Clover
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Almost there!
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Slopes of Balsamroot as we near the summit.
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Turkey Vulture in flight
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Looking over the Columbia toward what was surely masses of hikers at Catherine Creek.
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Balsamroot, feeding a honeybee.
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You can just barely see my wife Tracy under the tree in this picture :).
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Re: Mosier Plateau 4.20.14

Post by BrianEdwards » April 21st, 2014, 4:08 pm

Cool view of Mosier Creek Falls. Spring is awesome out at Mosier
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Re: Mosier Plateau 4.20.14

Post by sprengers4jc » April 21st, 2014, 4:09 pm

Please feel free to correct any and all mistakes, as I may have missed the IDs on some of these flowers.

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Maggie was feeling a bit impatient with how long it was taking us to put our gaiters on for this hike :D.
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The Mosier Bridge
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Blue-Eyed Mary
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Fiddleneck
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Prairie Star
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Pioneer Graveyard
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Pioneer Grave
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Naked Broomrape
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Corydalis
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Pocket park sign, nicely styled.
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Mosier Creek
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Re: Mosier Plateau 4.20.14

Post by sprengers4jc » April 21st, 2014, 4:09 pm

Thanks, Brian. It's a great little waterfall!
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Re: Mosier Plateau 4.20.14

Post by kepPNW » April 21st, 2014, 4:59 pm

Thanks for this! You've filled in a few holes in my own tragic naming abilities. I was across the river in the Catherine Creek-Coyote Wall area Saturday. Believe it or not, there just weren't very many people there! All I can figure is everyone assumed, as you did, that it'd be a madhouse. Probably crossed paths with fewer than one other party per hour, on average.
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Re: Mosier Plateau 4.20.14

Post by sprengers4jc » April 21st, 2014, 5:42 pm

Thanks, kepPNW! Glad to be of assistance in the naming process :D. One of these days, I will hike Coyote Wall. We were at Tracy Hill last week and had a great hike there, and saw Shooting Stars, Monkeyflowers, Camas, Death Camas, Ballhead Waterleaf and many other awesome varieties. Lots of wildflowers blooming all over this part of the Gorge. Such a spectacular corner of the world that we get to call home :).
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Re: Mosier Plateau 4.20.14

Post by kepPNW » April 21st, 2014, 5:58 pm

sprengers4jc wrote:Thanks, kepPNW! Glad to be of assistance in the naming process :D. One of these days, I will hike Coyote Wall. We were at Tracy Hill last week and had a great hike there, and saw Shooting Stars, Monkeyflowers, Camas, Death Camas, Ballhead Waterleaf and many other awesome varieties. Lots of wildflowers blooming all over this part of the Gorge. Such a spectacular corner of the world that we get to call home :).
A sample of what I saw over there on Saturday. I just sort of wandered aimlessly, for probably more than eight hours. Incredible day! (I think I know the names of probably 2/3 of them, now!)
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Re: Mosier Plateau 4.20.14

Post by sprengers4jc » April 21st, 2014, 6:34 pm

kepPNW wrote:
sprengers4jc wrote:Thanks, kepPNW! Glad to be of assistance in the naming process :D. One of these days, I will hike Coyote Wall. We were at Tracy Hill last week and had a great hike there, and saw Shooting Stars, Monkeyflowers, Camas, Death Camas, Ballhead Waterleaf and many other awesome varieties. Lots of wildflowers blooming all over this part of the Gorge. Such a spectacular corner of the world that we get to call home :).
A sample of what I saw over there on Saturday. I just sort of wandered aimlessly, for probably more than eight hours. Incredible day! (I think I know the names of probably 2/3 of them, now!)
Wow, what an amazing hike! Some of the others I see that haven't already been identified are #15 Pacific Hound's Tongue, #16 Woodland Strawberry, #18 Groundsel (a very pretty invasive species), #19 Chocolate Lily, #20 Columbia Desert Parsley, #21 Oregon Grape, #22 Larkspur, #24 Lupine not yet bloomed, #51 Milkvetch, and #52 Ballhead Waterleaf. Very beautiful collection of photos you have there!
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Re: Mosier Plateau 4.20.14

Post by chiefWright » April 21st, 2014, 9:37 pm

Floralfantastica! You sure hit the flower jackpot on this trip, and it's zoomed up to the top of my next visit East of Hood River. Looks like Maggie had a good time, too.

I assume this is a "new" Friends of the Gorge trail? Do you have a map reference for this trail, or is it pretty obvious (unlike Catherine, where tracks go every which way)?

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Re: Mosier Plateau 4.20.14

Post by kepPNW » April 22nd, 2014, 6:28 am

sprengers4jc wrote:
kepPNW wrote:A sample of what I saw over there on Saturday. I just sort of wandered aimlessly, for probably more than eight hours. Incredible day! (I think I know the names of probably 2/3 of them, now!)
Wow, what an amazing hike! Some of the others I see that haven't already been identified are #15 Pacific Hound's Tongue, #16 Woodland Strawberry, #18 Groundsel (a very pretty invasive species), #19 Chocolate Lily, #20 Columbia Desert Parsley, #21 Oregon Grape, #22 Larkspur, #24 Lupine not yet bloomed, #51 Milkvetch, and #52 Ballhead Waterleaf. Very beautiful collection of photos you have there!
Oh boy, you're gonna make me count! :) I knew some of those, but you've definitely filled in a few (more!) IDs for me. Thanks so much!
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