Easily accessed from the Redwood Highway, the Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area provides numerous opportunities to experience the starkly beautiful serpentine terrain of the Klamath-Siskiyou Region.
Critically imperiled Red root yampah in bloom amongst native bunch grass at Days Gulch, one of three designated Botanical Areas in the greater Eight Dollar Mountain Area. © Barbara Ullian Photo.
Formally designated botanical areas include the Eight Dollar Mountain and Days Gulch Botanical Areas (Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest) and the Eight Dollar Mountain Area of Critical Environmental Concern (Medford District BLM).
Wild azalea in bloom at the Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area boardwalk. The boardwalk, a popular outdoor classroom, is part of Senator Wyden’s proposed Illinois Valley Salmon and Botanical Area. © Barbara Ullian Photo
Don’t miss BLM’s recently completed wheelchair accessible boardwalk into a serpentine Darlingtonia fen. The boardwalk offers the best way to experience these unique rare plant wetlands. To read more about the rare plant communities of the serpentine terrain, many of which are found along the Eight Dollar Mountain Road, go to the US Forest Service’s Celebrate Wildflowers website.
The BLM’s wheelchair accessible boardwalk takes you into the heart of one of the rarest habitat types in North America, the Darlingtonia wetlands. © Barbara Ullian Photo.
The Eight Dollar Mountain Road (FS Road 4201) marks the beginning of the National Wild and Scenic Illinois River. The road runs along the “Scenic” section of the river with access to developed recreation sites. The Little Falls Recreation site has a small amphitheater with a fire pit. The road is one of the Illinois Valley’s three gateways to the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
Interpretive signs line the Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area boardwalk.
A hiking trail running along the Wild and Scenic Illinois River begins at the Darlingtonia boardwalk parking area. The trail ends at the Forest Service’s Little Falls Recreation site.
Eight Dollar Mountain is a mix of National Forest, BLM, State of Oregon and private land. The Nature Conservancy is one of the private land holder. On the north side of the conical shaped mountain is the Deer Creek Center, home of the Siskiyou Field Institute.
The BLM land on Eight Dollar Mountain is part of Senator Wyden’s proposed Illinois Valley Salmon and Botanical Area.
The Eight Dollar Mountain Road also provides access to the Babyfoot Lake Botanical Area, Whetstone Ridge, Onion Camp and the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. The road itself has been designed the T. J. Howell Botanical Drive. To download the US Forest Service’s map and interpretive guide to the T.J. Howell Drive click here . To read Botanist Linda Ann Vorobik’s blog post on the Babyfoot Lake Botanical Area and the area in general click here
Special Botanical Areas in the Greater Eight Dollar Mountain Area include:
- Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area (USDA Forest Service , 2,738 acres).
- Eight Dollar Mountain Area of Critical Environmental Concern (BLM, 1,249 acres).
- Days Gulch Botanical Area (USDA Forest Service, 1,252 acres).
- Eight Dollar Mountain State Parkland (State of Oregon, 650 acres, about acquisition)
- Eight Dollar Mountain Preserve (The Nature Conservancy, 45 acres).
- The Siskiyou Field Institute and Deer Creek Center (a partnership between Southern Oregon University Foundation and the Siskiyou Field Institute).