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Carson Pass Wildflowers?

Postby cthenn » Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:43 pm

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, but this one seems to get more hits, so I'll post here ;)

Has anyone hiked/backpacked/camped in or around the Carson Pass area recently? Specifically the Woods Lake, Winnemucca Lake area. I'm thinking of taking a drive up there just to do some leisurely hiking and hunt for wildflowers. I don't know if it's too early, despite the relatively low-snow winter we had. I was just up there last weekend but we hiked north from the pass to Red Lake Peak, and that side was maybe a bit early (most of the Mule's Ears were still green and emerging). I am interested in finding the elusive Steer's Head, which I know only comes out near melting snow patches, so maybe now's a good time for that. But then again, if nothing else is really blooming, perhaps I may want to wait a few weeks.

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Re: Carson Pass Wildflowers?

Postby maverick » Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:36 pm

Carson Pass ranger station said that the peak is about 1 to 1 1/2 weeks away in that
area, and that an average to below average showing is to be expected this year due
to the low snow pack.
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Re: Carson Pass Wildflowers?

Postby Tollermom » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:33 pm

I did Showers Lake from the Caples Lake maintenance station (up and over the ridgeline) on Sunday and barely saw flowers. Spectacular views tho and no snow on the trail. My friend did the Sorenson's cliffs yesterday and she saw lots more flowers than she did last week...so they are starting to come out.
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Re: Carson Pass Wildflowers?

Postby cthenn » Fri Jun 29, 2012 7:42 am

Thanks for the input. If it's 1-1.5 weeks away, that means the July 4 weekend? I'm busy that weekend, so my choices are this weekend, or the July 14-15 weekend. I would assume that would be better than this weekend, considering there may not be much at all to see...
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Re: Carson Pass Wildflowers?

Postby Fran » Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:15 pm

Just returned from 4 days of day hikes, including Carson Pass to Roundtop Lake, Big Meadow to Dardenelles Lake, and Meiss Meadow at Carson Pass to Round Lake to Big Meadow (2 cars). The flowers are just getting started, along with the mosquitoes. Looks like a short season as some are appearing earlier than usual, but others froze before getting a good start. Irises in meadows are scant, compared to last year. Last summer was fantastic. I think the peak was in August when I was there--a veritable paradise of flowers! Here's a very short video I did this week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHHzADWEID4
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Re: Carson Pass Wildflowers?

Postby SSSdave » Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:26 pm

Backpacked last weekend into same volcanic geology areas and elevations at Ebbetts Pass. Sunny exposures probably peaking this weekend. Most open areas may peak next weekend. And wet meadow and forest flowers mid July. All usual species were present so someone looking for closeups ought to find plants to work with. However many plants small with few or no flowers as is typical when precipitation is low. Snow melted quickly and roots soaked up relatively lower amounts during brief melt period draining down through soils than after big winters. Most dominant species in these areas are always mule ears a perrenial. Lots of small plants just putting up a few leaves that will not flower and instead simply manufacture organic chemicals while leaves remain green to be stored back down in their roots in order to be more robust when they flower in following summers after next wet winter.
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Re: Carson Pass Wildflowers?

Postby cthenn » Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:57 pm

Thanks for the replies. We went anyway last weekend. It was ok, nothing to write home about. There were enough individual examples for us to enjoy and photograph, but no unbroken endless fields of color. Looks like in a few weeks, it may be better, so we'll probably go back in a few weeks. A few pics from what we did see:
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Re: Carson Pass Wildflowers?

Postby ChrisF » Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:58 pm

Great pics of asters, Cassiope (white heather), Sierra primrose, elephant heads, and languid ladies (one of its common names)!
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Re: Carson Pass Wildflowers?

Postby Fran » Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:53 pm

Here are a few from last summer. Most of them are from August except the last one (steershead) which was taken May 24, 2011.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1101550319 ... ildflowers
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Re: Carson Pass Wildflowers?

Postby cthenn » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:27 pm

Fran wrote:Here are a few from last summer. Most of them are from August except the last one (steershead) which was taken May 24, 2011.

https://picasaweb.google.com/1101550319 ... ildflowers


Where did you find the Steershead? I was looking around for it (carefully), but didn't see it. I'll have to wait until next year I know, but it's a cool looking plant I have yet to find.
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Re: Carson Pass Wildflowers?

Postby Fran » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:48 pm

I was not with my sister last May when she saw it. Here is her reply to my question, with some explanation.

"Up on one of the knolls just as I got from the Ermine creek area into Paradise Valley although I have seen it in a variety of areas in the early Spring. Fascinating shape!"


She gives her own names to places. Ermine Creek is probably a branch of Carson Creek. Paradise Valley is one of the parts of the Hope Valley area. Sorry about such a vague answer. She lives in Meyers and roams all over the area!
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