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Wildflowers of Butte Falls Hwy

Wildflowers of Butte Falls Hwy

The drive to Butte Falls from Medford is magical this time of year. Blankets of wildflowers line the side of Butte Falls Highway, making the scenic drive a botanical wonderland adventure. Southern Oregon experiences tremendous native wild flower blooms every year. Now is the time to see them right outside of Medford, Oregon.

 

Depending on the rainfall, wild flower blooms on the rim of the Rogue Valley will extend into mid-July. Our native varieties withstand the heat in full bloom. The Shasta daisies, mildewed, and Indian Paintbrush blooms are in full swing right now and they grow thick by the road side of Butte Falls Hwy. Among the other varieties are Bachelor’s Buttons, Black Eyed Susan’s, and Lupines.

Many hiking trails in the area give you an up close and personal experience with these flowers. I have not experienced the overwhelming variety and numbers of native blooming plants, however, as you will find now in the Butte Falls area.

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From Medford, Oregon take Hwy 62 to Butte Falls Hwy. Continue up Butte Falls Hwy to the Town of Butte Falls. The best experience is the 3 mile stretch before the town of Butte Falls, continuing through Butte Falls, on to the Willow Lake turnoff. This is where you will experience the most roadside blooms and variety.

Mary Jane Feetham

Butte Falls, Oregon

Butte Falls, Oregon

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Butte Falls is a small town situated in the foot hills of the cascades, 45 minutes from Medford, Oregon.This old logging town is still very much alive in heart and sense of adventure. Within miles of town are lakes, a network of trails, beautiful waterfalls, and gorgeous forests. The town itself offers a well stocked store, a gas station, and great old-time cafes. Butte Falls is home to the Butte Falls School District and the community is very education oriented.

Every year the Town of Butte Falls puts together a Fourth of July Festival.  The event is hosted by the Butte Falls Active Club Committee. The proceeds go directly back to the community oriented events to keep the community spirit alive.

This year is no exception. It will be a great year with local vendors, family game booths, live entertainment, excellent food, BINGO, and a bounce house! All this and more will be at the Butte Falls Park in down town Butte Falls, Oregon on July 4, 2016.

As the Vice President of the Butte Falls Active Club, I am putting together a fundraiser Fun Run that will coincide with the Butte Falls Fourth of July Festival. The 2016 Sasquatch 5K Fun Run event planning has gone well. Planning this type of fundraiser has it’s challenges but the local women here in Butte Falls know a thing or two about determination. What this community event has to offer is astounding. From a run through the forest to a outdoor BBQ and Bingo, there is something everyone in the family will enjoy. If you have never been, it is worth going to.

The run will begin at 8 am sharp at the Butte Falls Landing, located at 801 Laurel Ave, Butte Falls Oregon. The Sasquatch 5K meanders the outskirts of town down through the forest to the water falls, back up and through the charming town of Butte Falls, ending where it began. The Sasquatch 5K Fun Run is open to everyone and children 12 and under are free. Costumes are encouraged and rewarded and everyone will go home with a prize!

Free parking is available at the Landing for the day.

For more on what this fun fundraiser supports, view the Butte Falls Active Club Facebook Page.

For more information about the event Sasquatch Event Page

To register for the 2016 Sasquatch 5K Fun Run, click here.

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Mary Jane Feetham

Morel Craze

Just an hour drive from Medford’s core lies a network of old logging roads plush with wild flowers and . . . morels. Head towards Prospect on Butte Falls-Prospect Hwy and take any number of the marked side roads for success!

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Bring a map!

I like to hone in on young logging sites. The disruption of the soil combined with the spores being tracked around by heavy equipment leads to high yields in these areas. However, morels still come up in sites that are years older. Unless marked, I attempt to gauge the age of a logging site by the height of the planted trees. They are planted as seedlings and  grow 2-4″ a year.

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The soil looks dry and unproductive from afar, but I was surprised when I stuck my finger into the dirt how moist it was right underneath the surface. Since this was an older logging I site, I was not expecting much but took a look around anyways.

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Among the grass blades and dried plant debris were morels. The more I looked around, the more I found. It was intriguing how hidden these morels were. The children had a good time digging through the grass!

It never seizes to amaze me how elusive yet abundant morel mushrooms are here in Southern Oregon. It is an extension of Easter for my family. The hunt continues . . .

Mary Jane Feetham

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