Pacific Northwest Region Viewing Area

LOCATION and PHOTOS

Umpqua mariposa lily.
Umpqua mariposa lily (Calochortus umpquaensis). Photo by Eric Baxter.

California poppy.
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica). Photo by Eric Baxter.

Waldo rockcress.
Waldo rockcress (Arabis aculeolata). Photo by Eric Baxter.

Callahan Meadow

Forest: Umpqua National Forest

District: Tiller Ranger District

Description: Callahan Meadow is a serpentine bald that hosts a diverse and unique flora between spring and early summer. Serpentine soils are low in important plant nutrients, particularly calcium, but high in heavy metals that are toxic to most plants. For this reason, these soils support many rare and unusual plants including Umpqua mariposa lily (Calochortus umpquaensis), Waldo rockcress (Arabis aculeolata), Hall’s violet (Viola hallii), cismontane minuartia (Minuartia cismontana) and clustered phacelia (Phacelia capitata). The meadow is open and grassy except for scattered Jeffery pine (Pinus jefferyi) and incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrans). Other flowers to see include: Indian pink (Silene hookeri), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), slender and small-flowered godetia (Clarkia gracilis and C. quadrivulnera), and bluefield gilia (Gilia capitata).

Safety First: The area is open and can be hot on warm, sunny days. Bring a hat, sun screen and water. There is no trail and the area is rocky so hiking boots are recommended. Ticks can be abundant during the spring.

Directions: From the Tiller Ranger Station, continue east on Highway 1 approximately three miles. Turn south across the bridge onto Forest Service Road 3230. Turn north on the 3230-300 road and right at the fork to the 320 spur. You will drive through a narrow band of trees into Callahan Meadow.

Ownership and Management: Private lands and a small parcel of BLM lands are interspersed with the Forest Service administered lands so it is a good idea to have a map. The private lands are fenced but not always signed.

Closest Town: Tiller, Oregon.