NATIVE PLANT HIKE - ILLER CREEK TRAILHEAD
4 pm on Tuesday, June 20
Becky Knapp will again lead this popular nature walk - she is a native plant expert. The 5+ mile hike will proceed at a slow pace as we enjoy the diverse plant species - flowers and trees that are located along Iller Creek. We will go the Rocks of Sharon Ridge where we hope to see flowering bitterroot.
The nature walk starts at the Iller Creek Trailhead at 9100 E Holman Road - Map it on your mapping system or follow the directions below.
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 then right again at stop sign on 44th Avenue for another 0.2 miles. Turn left on Farr Road, continue to stop sign. Turn right on Holman Road, drive 0.75 miles to switchback (Holman becomes Rockcrest). Park on right before the switchback at the entrance to the Conservation Area.
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 appropriate plants and the Rocks of Sharon ridge is dry with fabulous views over the Palouse. This is a perfect hike to learn about several native plant ecosystems.
This moderately difficult hike will start at 4 pm and last 4 hours - we plan on being back to the cars at 8 pm. This route involves about 1100 ft. of elevation gain; some of it moderately steep. Bring snacks, water, and a jacket in case of chilly winds. The weather looks perfect for this hike.
For more information, call Becky at 509-926-1467 or 509 868-9513 or Jeff Lambert at 509-999-5100.