Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area

AreaSouthwest Oregon
(Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest)
Best time to visitMay through July
Blooming NowYES
DogsPROHIBITED. Please respect this location by leaving your dog at home.

NOTE: The blue marker indicates the trailhead.


The Nature Conservancy manages this botanical hot spot located near the California border. Of the 3,370 plant species in the state, nearly half are found in the Klamath and Siskiyou mountain region. The area includes the most diverse conifer forest in the world, with 14 species, many of which are found on Eight Dollar Mountain.

The varied elevations and aspects of Eight Dollar Mountain support outstanding examples of several serpentine soil communities and the heaviest concentration of rare plants in Oregon, including Waldo gentian, large-flowered rush-lily, western senecio, Oregon willow-herb and Howell's mariposa-lily. The preserve also contains western azalea thickets, chaparral and Jeffery pine forest, as well as bogs dominated by the carnivorous California pitcher plant and a tufted hairgrass wet meadow.


Take Highway 199 South from Grants Pass to Selma. Four miles from Selma (or five miles north of Cave Junction), turn west onto signed Eight Dollar Mountain Road.

The Nature Conservancy's preserve on the east side of the mountain can be accessed by turning west onto Gold Canyon Road, about 2.5 miles south of Selma off Highway 199. Follow the road for 0.3 mile, and park in the grass where the road T's (also look for a sign marked #622). An old road leads up the hill... hike up this old road to the preserve.

Trip Reports

DateSubmitted by
Reports from previous years
04/08/2023Greg Lief
04/08/2019Greg Lief
06/05/2018Charlie Russell
04/24/2018Greg Lief
04/08/2016Greg Lief
04/01/2011Rory Nichols
06/21/2008Karen Phillips
05/10/2008Karen Phillips
05/03/2008Karen Phillips

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