Pacific Northwest Region Viewing Area

LOCATION and PHOTOS

Forest Service personnel and Washington Native Plant Society members who cooperated on the Tiffany Botanical Area sign.
The Forest Service and the Washington Native Plant Society cooperate on Tiffany Botanical Area sign.

Aqualegia formosa
Aqualegia formosa.

Penstemon davidsonii.
Penstemon davidsonii.

Tiffany Botanical Area

Forest: Okanogan & Wenatchee National Forests

District: Tonasket Ranger District

Description: The hiking trail from Tiffany Springs to Tiffany Peak provides a setting for people to enjoy a stellar wildflower show from spring through fall, to admire native plants, and to learn more about them and their place in the ecosystem. An interpretive sign greets visitors as they leave the trailhead. Plans are in place for an accompanying brochure that will highlight a number of the plants and their communities.

Viewing Information: The deep, moist soils near Tiffany Lake support exuberant flower displays under a canopy of Engelmann spruce, subalpine fir, and Douglas-fir. Colors abound in blue lupines and penstemons, red-hued Indian paintbrushes, yellow arnicas and the unusual yellow columbine. Higher up the slope, whitebark pine and subalpine larch survive harsher conditions while at the top, thin soils drain water quickly, and trees are replaced by alpine plants that can survive cold and desiccating winds.

Safety First: The trail from Tiffany Springs to Tiffany Lake is a short, easy walk. From the lake, the trail becomes more difficult and climbs steadily. The distance to the summit is 8.5 miles. Carry water, and be ready for fast changing weather at any time of year.

Directions: From Conconully take Okanogan County Road 2017 around the reservoir. At about 3 miles Forest Service Road 37 takes off to the right and Forest Service Road 42 continues straight. Turn right onto FS Road 37 and continue for about 21 miles when, shortly after crossing Bernhardt Creek, FS Road 39 takes off to the right. Turn right on FS Road 39. Travel north for 8 miles to the trail and Tiffany Springs Campground. The trailhead is on the opposite side of the road from the Campground. A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park (see the Okanogan National Forest website for information on where to obtain a Northwest Forest Pass).

Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, Okanogan & Wenatchee National Forests, Tonasket Ranger District.

Closest Town: Conconully, Washington