Pacific Northwest Region Viewing Area

LOCATION and PHOTOS

hummock and pond in Toolbox Meadow.
Hummock and pond in Toolbox Meadow. Yellow pondlily (Nuphar polysepalum) in the background, Sticky tofieldia (Tofieldia glutinosa) - white flowers, and roundleaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) - red leaves. Photo by Richard Helliwell.

roundleaf sundew and sphagnum moss.
Roundleaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) and Sphagnum palustre. Photo by Richard Helliwell.

Sphagnum squarrosum.
Sphagnum squarrosum. Photo by Richard Helliwell.

Toolbox Meadow

Forest: Umpqua National Forest

District: Diamond Lake Ranger District

Description: Toolbox Meadow is a high elevation wetland that is dissected by Lava Creek. There is also a small lake called Little Bear Lake formed where the road crosses the meadow. The meadow is dominated by sedges (Carex spp.) and lined with thickets of Sitka alder (Alnus sitchensis), willow (Salix spp.), and Douglas spiraea (Spiraea douglasii). Aquatic plants are abundant in shallow ponds and the nearly stagnant creek including: common bladderwort (Utricularia macrorhiza), small burweed (Sparganium natans), and pondlily (Nuphar polysepalum). Mossy hummocks within the wetland contain bog huckleberry (Vaccinium uliginosum), sticky tofieldia (Tofieldia glutinosa) and the insectivorous roundleaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia). Sphagnum mosses are abundant throughout the meadow. Sphagnum palustre forms a dense cushion on top of one of the hummocks while S. subsecundum and S. squarrosum line other hummocks. Sphagnum teres is abundant along the north edge of the wetland. Other mosses include Aulacomnium palustre and the uncommon Tomenthypnum nitens.

Safety First: Rubber boots are recommended since this is a wetland. There is no trail so long pants and long shirt sleeves are advised for climbing through the brush and sometimes sharp-edged sedges. Long sleeves are also useful against the mosquitoes that can be a nuisance.

Directions: Go west on Highway 138 approximately 1.8 miles from the Lemolo Lake road (2610) junction. Turn north on Forest Service road 4780. Turn onto the 4780-800 road, which forks to the right immediately after turning onto the 4780 road. The road crosses Toolbox Meadow and Little Bear Lake after a little over a mile.

Ownership and Management: U.S. Forest Service, Umpqua National Forest, Diamond Lake Ranger District.

Closest Town: Steamboat, Oregon.