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Native Plant Society to hike at Freezeout Pass

Beargrass. (Rich Landers)
Beargrass. (Rich Landers)

NATURE -- It's prime time to join the Idaho Native Plant Society to get in a good hike and marvel at the native plants in the high country near St. Maries.

Gerry Queener will lead a group field trip to Freezeout on Saturday (Aug. 20). '

Beargrass, orchids, penstemons, lupines, columbine, fleabane (daisies) and paintbrushes all are expected to be on display. Habitats will range from subalpine forest to alpine meadow at 6,500 feet elevation. The terrain is moderately challenging.  

Meet at the Moscow Eastside Marketplace (south end of parking lot near Hwy 8) at 8 a.m. to arrange carpooling. The group will return about 3:30 p.m.  A couple drivers with high clearance vehicles and good tires are needed – the last 5 miles is very rocky with steep drop-offs. 

Bring water, hat, sunscreen, lunch, and good hiking footwear.

Info: Pat Fuerst,, (509) 339-5213.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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