NATIVE PLANT HIKE - ILLER CREEK TRAILHEAD
9 am - 3 pm on Sunday, May 5, 2018
Becky Knapp, a native plant enthusiast,will again lead this popular nature walk. The 5+ mile hike will proceed at a slow pace as we enjoy the diverse plant species of flowers and trees that are located along Iller Creek. We will go the Rocks of Sharon Ridge with spectacular views and stop for lunch.
Iller Creek is known for its wide variety of plant and tree types, including western hemlock forests. The walk along Iller Creek is cool and wet with a wide variety of flowering plants. The Rocks of Sharon ridge, in contrast, is dry. From there, we enjoy fabulous views over the Palouse. This is a perfect hike to learn about several native plant ecosystems.
This moderately difficult hike will start at 9 am and proceed slowly as we enjoy learning about the plants along the way. We plan on being back to the cars at 3 pm. This route involves about 1100 ft. of elevation gain; some of it moderately steep. Bring a lunch, water, and a jacket in case of chilly winds or a bit of rain in the afternoon.
We will meet at the Iller Creek Trailhead is at 9100 E Holman Road.
Directions to Trailhead: From I-90, take the Argonne Road exit 287. Drive south on Argonne Road. Continue past Sprague Avenue onto Dishman-Mica Road, driving approximately 2.8 miles. Turn right at the Schafer Road stoplight and cross the railroad tracks. Continue until Schafer Road tees into 44th Ave and turn right on 44th. Go one block and turn left on Woodruff, continue on Woodruff to Holman and turn right and stay on Holman to the Trailhead sign. [Proceed slowly through the neighborhood.]
For more information, call Becky at 509 868-9513 or Jeff Lambert at 509-999-5100.