Last Tuesday my women's hiking group explored Camas Meadows, WA. Flowers were magnificent!
We hiked a loop through Camas Meadows, up to a ridge, scrambled down an extremely steep hillside, through the woods, and back to Camas Meadows. Saw huge elk tracks.
Camas Meadows is a protected area. No hunting, camping or motorized vehicles.
Camas was a plant used by the native Americans (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camassia note: there is also a variety known as Death Camas).. They are becoming an endangered species but are still found in the San Juan Islands. One Island, Yellow Island [nature.org] is noted for Camas. The island was used by the Native Americans for it's edible flowers and the invasive Madrona's were often burnt off to make room for the needed flowers. This practice is still done by the Nature Conservancy today. For anyone interested there is an additional short video about kayaking the area:
A friend of mine grew up in Camas Meadows. Her father was a ranger for the U.S. Forest Service.
"We would be riding our bicycles in the driveway, and bullets whizzed by our heads," she said. "That's when hunting was allowed."
Her father got the U.S. Forest Service to prohibit hunting in Camas Meadows. Also, no camping or motorized vehicles.
Photos: Blue Wenatchee Larkspur and yellow Mule Ear Balsamroot. Pink Wenatchee Mountains Checkermallow. These two flowers (with the Wenatchee name) only grow in the Wenatchee Mountains area- nowhere else in the world. June 2017.