Neahkahnie Mountain Hike, June 23, 2011
Neahkahnie Mountain falls into the Pacific Ocean
Here is the full view of Neahkahnie Mountain. Look closely to see the rock outcropping at the very top.
The outcrop is an amazing field of wildflowers. You must make it this far!
Look for Fragrant Fringecup near the trail head.
Foxglove like roads. Maybe you will see this before starting the hike.
Early Blue Violet
Woodland Buttercup. Also called small-flowered buttercup.
This seed pod is easy to identify.
One the way up this view is just a taste of things to come.
Smooth Yellow Violet
Redwood Sorrel growing in the shade of trees. The leaves close up in direct sunlight.
When you reach the top suddenly there is this amazing view of the coast.
And at the same time there is this amazing wealth of wild flowers.
This is the bleachers of the world. Unfortunately, sometimes the bleachers are nearly full because this is a popular spot. Can you spot the geological marker near the left of the picture?
Salal, Paintbrush, Sheep Sorrel, Yarrow leaves.
Seaside Bird's-foot Trefoil
Sheep Sorrel. You probably have this weed in your yard but it rarely looks as good as this.
Giant Blue-Eyed Mary
Keep in mind that when you look the other direction you see miles and miles of coast.
Oregon Sunshine, Sheep Sorrel, Coastal Cabins.
Smooth Alumroot flower details.
Heading back thru the trees.
Mexican Hedge Nettle
West end of the trail as it comes out on Highway 101.
Our hike highlighted in green.
Parking area at West end of hike on Highway 101. Need car shuttle.
But don't just hop into the car and go. Right next to the parking area is Coast Manroot. This native squash-like plant climbs thru the brush with corkscrew tentacles.
Coast Manroot flower detains.
Cow Parsnip flower details.
Pacific Starflower. OK, now you can hop in the car and leave.