Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area

Ellensburg, Washington

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Though this land is called a “wildlife area,” it could as easily be named a state wildflower area. On any given spring day, hikers can expect to see an array of wildflowers that puts the pretty alpine meadows to shame. Among the plethora of blooms spotted during visits here are thyme-leaf desert parsley, Douglas buckwheat (huge masses of it), thyme-leaved buckwheat, shaggy daisy/shaggy fleabane, linear-leaf daisy (also called line-leaved fleabane), Cusick’s sunflower, Hooker’s onion, woolly-pod milk vetch, brodiaea, silky lupines, rock penstemon, Thompson’s paintbrush, thread-leaved phacelia, Hooker’s balsamroot, white phlox, Scouler’s penstemon, small-flowered penstemon, cushion fleabane, large-flowered collomia, narrow-leaf collomia, bitterroot, and bitterbrush. Bring your wildflower guide to keep track of the plants, but keeping in mind that this is a wildlife area, expect to see some critters, too.

Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area Professional Review and Guide

"Though this land is called a “wildlife area,” it could as easily be named a state wildflower area. On any given spring day, hikers can expect to see an array of wildflowers that puts the pretty alpine meadows to shame.

Among the plethora of blooms spotted during visits here are thyme-leaf desert parsley, Douglas buckwheat (huge masses of it), thyme-leaved buckwheat, shaggy daisy/shaggy fleabane, linear-leaf daisy (also called line-leaved fleabane), Cusick’s sunflower, Hooker’s onion, woolly-pod milk vetch, brodiaea, silky lupines, rock penstemon, Thompson’s paintbrush, thread-leaved phacelia, Hooker’s balsamroot, white phlox, Scouler’s penstemon, small-flowered penstemon, cushion fleabane, large-flowered collomia, narrow-leaf collomia, bitterroot, and bitterbrush. Bring your wildflower guide to keep track of the plants, but keeping in mind that this is a wildlife area, expect to see some critters, too."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ellensburg
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 hours
Season: September through December
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 3,750 feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Yakima
Driving Directions: Directions to Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area

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May 2018