Here are the flowers and animals surrounding the Devil's Den area.
This big cricket is a shieldback katydid. I don't remember ever seeing one before and they're pretty cool.
Even though ave crickets are common and all over around in here, they are still pretty interesting.
I believe this is a very large egg sac for a type of orb weaver spider.
This is a giant Pacific salamander and it was an unexpected find. We were checking out some huge cave crickets and noticed this salamander hiding out in a crevice. Most giant Pacifics leave the water after adolescence, lose their outer gills, and head to places like this. Interesting thing is that there is no water for ~1.25 miles and that's down at the bottom of the hill. It is truly amazing that this little thing climbed all the way up here to hang out in this cave. I came back a month or two later and it was still here in the same spot.
This is a coast range fence lizard. Another creature I don't remember seeing before, at least from this close. This one was really patient and let me get really close. It is pregnant, so that may be the reason why. I left before I stressed her out too much. These thing are really cool looking.
I believe this is another western fence lizard sunning itself before it scampered off.
I believe this mushroom is a waxy laccaria in an advanced state.
This is a death cap rising through the forest duff. Yes, it is poisonous and yes, it has an awesome name.
This is a false hellebore and easily one of the most beautiful plants I have ever seen. It is also incredibly poisonous.
I believe this is an elderberry bush.
This is an oceanspray bush. These were everywhere and give off an interesting look while in bloom.
This is a dandelion in a really nice stage.
Creepy tree root off the beaten path.
This is a type of stone crop found along the way towards the sandstone crevice.
There is even some paintbrush along the top of the Devil's Den.
I think this is deerweed, but I'm not 100% sure.
A nice chunk of daisies.
Oregon iris, in the second one you can see the yellow jacket.
This is either an Oregon iris or a Douglas iris. I'm not sure which.
A pale flax.
This is a western trillium with its propeller-like petals.
A couple different versions of a great white trillium.
Here we see the plastic Dutch Bros. cup growing in its native habitat, with an invasive bull thistle in the foreground.