Not sure: it would certainly be easier for this non-botanist if it was flowering... I may have False-indigo on the brain; I've certainly been pining to find some of that wonderful butterfly plant.
I did see a silver-spotted skipper nearby.
Either disturbed by, or interested in, the mob of Hemiopterans swarming through the neighborhood...
Hundreds of these scurrying through the leaf litter a few hundred feet below the peak in a small area. About half consisted of a pair joined as these: a much larger dragging a smaller. I expected to get better pictures; alas, between the dappled light and their frenetic pace I couldn't do better than these.
Leptocoris? Specifically the Box Elder bug? This area is predominately Douglas Fir, but there were some broadleaf species.
Clinging to a sedge stalk.
A fat little fly; seemingly glued to this monkey flower.
Wasted some time trying to get a picture of their typical hovering flight, when I've neither the skill or camera to do this...
Can't seem to ID this... a woody and formidably thorny shrub, up to 6' tall, appearing sparsely on the N. side of Hood Mt. Peak. Flowers so reminiscent of peas.
I like to think this is H. concinnum.
I'd guess these cheerful creatures are Woodland Skippers.
So many this year... couldn't resist this one, so cool in it's all-black/white dorsal pattern. These are certainly variable.
Manzanita leaf lesions: red hemispheric distortions of many leaves on these hillside plants. Thought they might be galls of some sort; but they proved to be carmine 'bubbles' of the leaves...