Balsamroot on Mill Creek Ridge
Explore native meadows during wildflower season at Mill Creek Ridge.


There are few springtime places quite as stunning as our Mill Creek Ridge property near The Dalles. Open meadows of blooming yellow balsamroot, purple and white lupine, and red Indian paintbrush stand against the backdrop of the East Cascades. The ridge’s woodlands and native grass prairies support pollinators as well as migratory and resident birds, including meadowlarks and woodpeckers.

Join us as we spend the day exploring the stunning native meadow at Mill Creek Ridge. Natural Area Manager Kate Conley will guide a hike up the ridge, helping to identify native plants and wildlife along the way. Kate will also share the Land Trust’s conservation accomplishments in native meadow conservation. We’ll also learn about how you can create a native meadow in your own backyard from Backyard Habitat Certification Program staff and participants. Board of Directors member Janet Gifford will join us to discuss the importance of pollinators in both urban and wild meadows.

We’ll enjoy lunch at the highest point on Mill Creek Ridge, known as Jerry’s Knoll, to enjoy views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams, and the Columbia River sparkling below. To end the day, we’ll visit Humble Roots Nursery, where participants may purchase native plants at wholesale. This is a tour nature enthusiasts won’t want to miss!

Hiking Level: 
MODERATE – This tour will involve 2-3 miles of hiking, which will include some very steep sections and uneven terrain. The group will be moving at a moderate pace with time for pausing to admire wildflowers. Lunch time will offer another opportunity for a break. We recommend hiking boots that protect your ankles.

Please note: Transportation, snacks, and lunch are provided. Transportation departs from the Columbia Land Trust Vancouver office at promptly 8:00 a.m. and returns at approximately 5:00 p.m. A list of items to bring and a full itinerary will be sent to you via email 1-2 weeks prior to the tour date. If you register anyone other than yourself for a Columbia Land Trust tour, you are confirming that the other persons you are registering are aware of and also agree to all the terms and conditions of the tour liability agreement (attached below).

Liability Release Form