Southern California Wildflowers

Field Trips Log
(a Botanical Blog)

I have decided to emulate the examples of my friends Mr. Tom Chester and Mr. Bob Allen and create a field trips log to make a short record of my botanical rambles in and around Southern California, making note of anything observed that I would like to remember or that others of similar inclination might like to know about.  Some of the entries will be detailed, descriptive and fairly extensive, while others will likely be simple and brief, mainly serving as a record for me of some quick visit or observation. This is not meant to be a complete record of all species encountered, but will include blooming species and/or anything else I feel that is noteworthy, with some locational information. My hope is to supplement the good work I have alluded to above and to provide further information for anyone seeking blooming plants in general or particular species. I wish I had started this a couple of years ago, but as they say, better late than never. And thanks to Dr. Barbara Collins for suggesting that I put links to photos in for some of the more interesting or significant species.

"I believe in God, only I spell it Nature."
-- Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959)

"Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do."
-- Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
-- John Muir (1838-1914)

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."
-- Aristotle (384-322 BC)

Field Trips Listed by Month and Year

July 2004
August 2004
September 2004
October 2004
November 2004
December 2004
January 2005
February 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005

January 2006
February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006
March 2007
April 2007

Complete List of Field Trips


Sunday, 11 July 2004 (Santa Ana Mts)
Monday, 19 July 2004 (Green Canyon Trail, San Bernardino Mts)
Thursday, 22 July 2004 (Fish Canyon Trail, San Gabriel Mountains)
Sunday, 25 July 2004 (Wildhorse Meadows to Sugarloaf Summit, San Bernardino Mts)
Friday, 30 July 2004 (Santa Ynez Canyon, Santa Monica Mts)
Monday, 2 August 2004 (Sugarloaf Trail from Wildhorse Meadows, San Bernardino Mts)
Monday, 9 August 2004 (Seven Pines to Siberia Creek Trail Camp, San Bernardino Mts)
Saturday, 14 August 2004 (Santa Rosa Plateau)
Sunday, 15 August 2004 (Mt Baldy Road, San Gabriel Mts)
Thursday, 19 August 2004 (Fish Creek, San Bernardino Mts)
Thursday, 26 August 2004 (Dawson Saddle Trail, San Gabriel Mts)
Monday-Tuesday, 30-31 August 2004 (Angeles Forest Highway and vicinity, San Gabriel Mts)
Thursday, 2 September 2004 (Eastern end of Angeles National Forest)
Friday, 3 September 2004 (SR39, San Gabriel Mts)
Tuesday, 7 September 2004 (SR39, San Gabriel Mts)
Wednesday, 8 September 2004 (Mt. Gleason Rd., San Gabriel Mts)
Thursday, 9 September 2004 (Upper section of SR39, San Gabriel Mts)
Friday, 10 September 2004 (Mt. Baldy Road, San Gabriel Mts)
Thursday, 16 September 2004 (Lone Pine Canyon, Big Rock Creek)
Monday, 20 September 2004 (Lower Hondo Canyon, San Monica Mts)
Tuesday, 21 September 2004 (Blue Sky Meadows, San Bernardino Mts)
Friday, 24 September 2004 (Cheeseboro Canyon, Simi Hills)
Sunday, 26 September 2004 (Hahamongna Watershed Park, Altadena)
Monday-Tuesday, 27-28 September 2004 (Western Angeles National Forest)

Sunday, 3 October 2004 (Rocky Oaks, Santa Monica Mts)
Wednesday, 6 October 2004 (East Canyon, Santa Clarita Woodlands)
Friday, 8 October 2004 (Various places, Santa Monica Mts)
Tuesday, 12 October 2004 (Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve)
Friday, 22 October 2004 (Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve)
Friday, 29 October 2004 (Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve)
Thursday, 4 November 2004 (Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve)

Monday, 8 November 2004 (Torrey Pines State Reserve)
Tuesday, 9 November 2004 (Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center)
Monday-Tuesday, 15-16 November 2004 (Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve)
Thursday, 18 November 2004 (Lower Arroyo Park, Pasadena)
Tuesday, 23 November 2004 (Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve)
Saturday, 27 November 2004 (Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge)
Tuesday, 30 November 2004 (Sycamore Canyon Preserve, San Diego County)
Tuesday, 7 December 2004 (Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve)
Monday-Tuesday, 13-14 December 2004 (Mt. Wilson Trail and Santa Rosa Plateau)

Saturday, 15 January 2005 (Mt. Wilson Trail, San Gabriel Mts)
Sunday, 16 January 2005 (Daley Ranch, San Diego Co.)
Saturday, 29 January 2005 (Mission Creek Preserve/Pipes Canyon Preserve)
Saturday, 5 February 2005 (South Hills Park, Glendora)
Wednesday, 23 February 2005 (Colby Trail)
Friday, 25 February 2005 (Sunset Ridge)
Tuesday, 1 March 2005 (Anza-Borrego Palm Canyon)
Monday, 7 March 2005 (Laguna Mts. and Anza-Borrego area)
Sunday, 13 March 2005 (Red Rock Canyon)
Monday, 14 March 2005 (Sawpit Fire Road/Ben Overturff Trail, Monrovia)
Tuesday, 15 March 2005 (Reagan Ranch)
Monday, 21 March 2005 (Cushenbury Canyon, San Bernardino Mts)
Wednesday, 30 March 2005 (Red Rock Canyon)
Tuesday, 5 April 2005 (Santa Rosa Plateau)
Friday, 8 April 2005 (Santa Rosa Plateau)
Saturday, 9 April 2005 (Santa Rosa Plateau)
Sunday, 10 April 2005 (Santa Rosa Plateau)
Monday, 11 April 2005 (Ahmanson Ranch)
Tuesday, 12 April 2005 (Santa Rosa Plateau)
Thursday, 14 April 2005 (Reagan Library)
Sunday, 17 April 2005 (Lower Mt. Wilson Trail)
Monday, 18 April 2005 (Santa Rosa Plateau)
Thursday-Sunday, 21-24 April 2005 (Jepson Otay Mesa Field Trip)

Saturday, 30 April 2005 (Reagan Ranch and Malibu Creek State Park, Santa Monica Mts)
Sunday and Sunday, 1 and 8 May 2005 (Lower Mt. Wilson Trail)
Friday, 6 May 2005 (Hahamongna Watershed Park, Altadena)
Saturday, 7 May 2005 (Fish Canyon, Azusa)
Sunday and Tuesday, 8 and 10 May 2005 (Circle X, Santa Monica Mts)
Thursday-Sunday, 12-15 May 2005 (Jepson Death Valley Field Trip)
Tuesday, 19 May 2005 (Cobal Canyon, San Gabriel Foothills)
Thursday, 21 May 2005 (Torino/Tovashal Trail, Santa Rosa Plateau)
Friday, 22 May 2005 (Undisclosed location, San Diego County)
Saturday, 23 May 2005 (Reagan Ranch, Santa Monica Mts)
Wednesday, 25 May 2005 (Circle X, Santa Monica Mts)
Saturday, 28 May 2005 (Cobal Canyon, San Gabriel Foothills)
Saturday, 4 June 2005 (Placerita Canyon County Park)
Tuesday, 7 June 2005 (Laguna Mountains)
Thursday, 9 June 2005 (Fish Canyon, Azusa)
Sunday, 12 June 2005 (Evey Canyon, San Gabriel Mts)
Monday, 13 June 2005 (Lower Mt. Wilson Trail)
Thursday, 16 June 2005 (Mt. Baldy Road and Glendora Ridge Road)
Friday, 17 June 2005 (San Gabriel River Bikepath, Azusa)
Saturday, 18 June 2005 (Lightning Ridge, San Gabriel Mts)
Sunday, 19 June 2005 (Laguna Mountains)
Friday, 15 July 2005 (Santa Rosa Plateau)
Saturday, 16 July 2005 (Palomar Mountain State Park, Cleveland National Forest)

Monday, 1 August 2005 (Mt. Waterman, San Gabriel Mts)
Thursday, 4 August 2005 (Santa Rosa Plateau)
Saturday, 6 August 2005 (Mt. Wilson Trail and Santa Rosa Plateau)
Tuesday, 6 September 2005 (Islip Saddle to Little Jimmy, San Gabriel Mts)
Sunday, 11 September 2005 (Islip Saddle to near Mt. Hawkins, San Gabriel Mts)
Sunday, 18 September 2005 (Islip Saddle to Mt. Hawkins, San Gabriel Mts)
Saturday, 24 September 2005 (Mt. Baden-Powell)
Friday, 7 October 2005 (Malibu Bluffs Park)
Saturday, 8 October 2005 (Mt. Wilson Trail)
Friday, 14 October 2005 (Santa Rosa Plateau)
Saturday, 29 October 2005 (Hellhole Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park)
Sunday, 27 November 2005 (Palm Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park)
Tuesday, 6 December 2005 (Los Liones Canyon, Santa Monica Mts)
Friday, 9 December 2005 (Palm Canyon and Coyote Wash, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park)


Wednesday, 11 January 2006 (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park)
Sunday, 26 March 2006 (Evey Canyon, San Gabriel Mts)
Thursday, 30 March 2006 (Chantry Flat Road)
Monday, 3 April 2006 (Eaton Canyon)

Thursday-Sunday, 4-7 May 2006 (Jepson San Miguel Island Field Trip)
Saturday, 13 May 2006 (Santa Rosa Plateau)
Tuesday, 16 May 2006 (Bonelli Regional Park)
Sunday, 28 May 2006 (Thunder Mt, San Gabriel Mts)
Sunday, 4 June 2006 (Heaps Peak Arboretum, San Bernardino Mts)
Saturday, 17 June 2006 (Santa Ana River Wash, Redlands)
Sunday, 18 June 2006 (Baldy Notch, San Gabriel Mts)
Wednesday, 21 June 2006 (Santa Ana River Wash and Heaps Peak Arboretum)
Saturday, 24 June 2006 (Palomar Mountain State Park, Cleveland National Forest)
Thursday, 29 June 2006 (Devils Slide Trail, San Jacinto Mountains)
Saturday, 1 July 2006 (Old Ridge Route and Bouquet Canyon, San Gabriel Mts)
Sunday 2 July 2006 (San Bernardino Mts)
Monday, 3 July 2006 (Green Canyon, San Bernardino Mts)
Saturday, 8 July 2006 (Baldy Notch, San Gabriel Mts)
Monday, 10 July 2006 (Devils Slide Trail, San Jacinto Mountains)
Friday, 14 July 2006 (Palo Comado Canyon, Santa Monica Mts)
Saturday, 15 July 2006 (Pebble Plains, San Bernardino Mts)
Wednesday, 19 July 2006 (Devils Slide Trail, San Jacinto Mts)
Saturday, 22 July 2006 (Mt. San Antonio, San Gabriel Mts)
Saturday, 5 August 2006 (Devils Slide Trail, PCT/South Ridge Trail, San Jacinto Mts)
Wednesday, 9 August 2006 (Green Canyon Trail, San Bernardino Mts)
Monday, 14 August 2006 (South Ridge Trail, San Jacinto Mts)
Monday, 28 August 2006 (Harlem Valley Rail Trail)
Saturday, 2 September 2006 (San Gabriel Mts)
Tuesday, 5 September 2006 (Devils Slide Trail, Wellman and Strawberry Cienagas, San Jacinto Mts)
Saturday, 9 September 2006 (Whispering Pines and Keller Meadow, San Bernardino Mts)
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 (Sugarloaf Meadow, San Bernardino Mts)
Saturday, 23 September 2006 (Cuyamaca Rancho State Park)
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 (Santa Cruz Island)
Monday, 23 October 2006 (Santa Rosa Mts)


Thursday, 29 March 2007 (Anacapa Island)
Thursday-Sunday, 5-8 April 2007 (San Diego County)


See Field Trip Photo Galleries

Southern California Wildflowers
California Plant Names: Latin and Greek Meanings and Derivations
Fall-Blooming Plants of the East Mojave
Mike's Favorite Wildflower Photos
Wild Places of Southern California
Butterflies and Moths of Southern California
Trees of Southern California
Flora of the Mt. Wilson Trail: A Slide Show
Mt. Wilson Trail Postfire Photo Gallery
What's Blooming at the Los Angeles Arboretum

© 2008 Michael L. Charters, Sierra Madre, CA.