Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside
Bureau of Land Management, Oregon.
Rough and Ready Flat has been a popular wildflower observation area for decades where the evolution of new plant species (hybrids) is occurring. The impetus to protect the area began in 1937 with the Illinois Valley Garden Club. In 1994, a total of 1164 acres of BLM land surrounding Rough and Ready Creek were designated an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) to protect botanical, wildlife/fisheries, hydrologic systems and other natural systems or processes.
Know Before You Go:
A 0.3 mile long interpretive trail originates at the parking area and picnic shelter. Another picnic table is located near the trail’s end.
Activities here include: wildflower viewing, picnicking, hiking, nature study, and educational visits. The trail passes through an area protected for its special status plants and Serpentine ecosystem.
Please stay on the main trail to avoid erosion and disturbing sensitive vegetation.
No drinking water is available.
The area is open for day-use only from sunrise to sunset. Hours vary depending on season.
Point of Interest:
Rough and Ready Flat is located in a region which is recognized as one of 200 biologically outstanding ecoregions in the world. It harbors a multitude of rare or special status plants endemic to the serpentine soils of the Siskiyou Mountains.
- Day Use Area
- Interpretive Programs
From Grants Pass, Oregon:
Drive south on Highway 199 and proceed past Cave Junction. Approximately 4.5 miles south of Cave Junction, turn right on to the Rough and Ready Wayside Parking Area (FS 4201), just off the highway. There are eight parking spaces at the wayside.