Nestled within the Rough and Ready Creek region, the captivating Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside is a remarkable natural gem jointly managed by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, the Medford District Bureau of Land Management, and the State of Oregon.
This expansive botanical wayside comprises three distinct areas: a 19-acre Oregon State Park, a 1,164-acre BLM Area of Critical Environmental Concern, and a 1,560-acre US Forest Service Botanical Area. Your journey begins at the parking area, where a well-marked, rock-lined trail awaits. This trail guides you through the State Park, leading you to the enchanting Rough and Ready Creek, which flows through BLM-administered lands. Continuing on, the trail winds its way through the captivating RRSNF-managed Botanical Area.
The soils at Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside tell a fascinating story. The alluvial deposits originating from Rough and Ready Creek have resulted in unique ultramafic soil conditions. These soil types have had a profound influence on the local plant community, giving rise to a sparse yet remarkable landscape. Take a closer look, and you’ll discover an array of plants that have ingeniously adapted to these endemic soil conditions. Spring is a particularly enchanting time to visit, as April to June showcases a vibrant display of wildflowers in full bloom.
While exploring this diverse area, be sure to cast your gaze upward from time to time. The surroundings boast a variety of topographical features, including mountains that gradually transition into the awe-inspiring Kalmiopsis Wilderness to the west. Look beyond the botanical wonders and you’ll spot knob-like hills characterized by non-serpentine soils, creating the perfect habitat for dense Douglas-fir forests and other conifer species, typical of the Pacific Northwest’s iconic woodland landscapes.
Prepare to be captivated by the interplay of flora, topography, and breathtaking vistas at the Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside. This extraordinary destination offers a rich tapestry of natural wonders, inviting you to immerse yourself in its splendor and discover the hidden treasures that await at every turn.
Help IVCanDO Pave the Parking Lot at Rough and Ready Botanical Area!
IVCanDO is committed to improving the safety and accessibility of this unique natural area. We are currently accepting donations towards the paving of the parking lot area. If you would like to help us meet this goal, please donate below!
Accessibility Improvements to the Area
IVCanDO, in collaboration with esteemed partners such as the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, the Medford District Bureau of Land Management, the State of Oregon, Travel Grants Pass, and Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE), has taken the lead in enhancing the recreational offerings at the Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside. Together, they have embarked on a transformative journey to elevate the visitor experience.
In 2021, significant improvements were made to the walking path, aimed at enhancing accessibility and comfort for all visitors. The path underwent resurfacing, effectively revitalizing its condition. Furthermore, the length of the path was doubled, providing even more opportunities to explore and immerse oneself in the natural splendor of the wayside. To ensure inclusivity, the width of the path was also increased to accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, and side-by-side walking, allowing everyone to partake in the joy of the journey.
To enhance the charm and resting spots along the path, hand-carved benches, masterfully crafted by a local chainsaw artist, were thoughtfully placed. These benches not only provide a place to rest and soak in the awe-inspiring views but also serve as a means to promote accessibility, ensuring that more individuals can enjoy the wonders of the trail.
The commitment to continuous improvement is unwavering. Future plans include the installation of updated interpretive signage throughout the wayside. These informative signs will offer valuable insights into the unique ecology of the area, enriching visitors’ understanding of the remarkable natural wonders that surround them. Additionally, there are plans to pave the parking lot, further enhancing accessibility and ensuring that more individuals can conveniently access this haven of natural beauty.
IVCanDO and its esteemed partners are dedicated to creating an environment where all individuals can connect with nature and revel in its magnificence. The ongoing efforts to enhance the Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside serve as a testament to their unwavering commitment to fostering a welcoming and enriching recreational experience for visitors from near and far.
Wildflowers at Rough and Ready Botanical Area
List adapted from: cavejunction.com
|*E* = Endangered Species||*R* = Rare Species||*S* = Sensitive Species||*F* = Federally Listed||( ) = Scientific Name|
Blooming in May
- deltoid balsamroot(balsamorhiza deltoidea)
- harvest lily(brodiaea elegans)
- cat’s ear(calochortus elegans)
- short-lobed red indian paintbrush(castilleja brevilobata)
- siskiyou ceanothus(ceanothus pumilus)
- field or meadowcheekweed(cerastiumarvense)
- purple & white chinese houses(collinsia heterophylia)
- coast larkspur(delphinium decorum)
- henderson’s shooting star(dodecatheon hendersonii)
- cushion buckwheat(eriogonum caespitosum)
- oregon sunshine(eriophyllum lanatum)
- rough wallflower(erysimum asperum)
- bluefield gilia(gilia capitata)
- carrot-leaved horkelia(horkelia daucifolia)
- siskiyou iris(iris bracteata)
- large-fruited lomatium(lomatium macrocarpum)
- purple-mouse-ears *RE*(AKA-douglas monkey flower)
- monkey flower(mimulus guttatus)
- naked broomropoe(orobanche uniflora)
- azure penstemon(penstemon azureus)
- showy plox(phlox speciosa)
- western buttercup(ranunculus occidentalis)
- hooker’s indian pink *S*(silene hookerii)
- moth mullein(verbascum blattaria)
- hall’s violet *RE*(viola hallii)
- two-eyed violet *RE*(viola ocellata)