SANTA ANA RIVER TO ASPEN GROVE AND BIG MEADOWS
SEPTEMBER 2008 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




The trailhead for this hike was the parking area north of SR-38 where it crosses the Santa Ana River. I had originally planned to hike up the Lost Creek Trail to South Fork, but found myself instead on a trail heading toward Heart Bar campground. I thought I would pass by Big Meadows but apparently missed a trail junction and ended up at Aspen Grove on Fish Creek. Then I hiked down the road to Heart Bar and found Big Meadows, and returned to my starting point via the Santa Ana River Trail. Even at this point in late September, there were over 35 species in bloom along the way. An asterisk next to the common name indicates a non-native species.


   
Southern goldenrod
Solidago confinis
Asteraceae
 
Western mountain aster
Aster occidentalis var. occidentalis
Asteraceae
 
Woolly mullein *
Verbascum thapsus
Scrophulariaceae


 
Great red paintbrush
Castilleja miniata ssp. miniata
Scrophulariaceae
 
Nevin's bird's beak
Cordylanthus nevinii
Scrophulariaceae


 
 
Spreading fleabane
Erigeron divergens
Asteraceae
 
 
California fuchsia
Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium
Onagraceae
Wild peppergrass
Lepidium virginicum var. pubescens
Brassicaceae
Ragged-leaf bahia
Bahia dissecta
Asteraceae
Wright's buckwheat
Eriogonum wrightii var. subscaposum
Polygonaceae



 
Hoary-aster
Machaeranthera canescens var. canescens
Asteraceae


 
 
Wax currant
Ribes cereum var. cereum
Grossulariaceae
 
 
 
 
Mexican elderberry
Sambucus mexicana
Caprifoliaceae
Parish's buckwheat
Eriogonum parishii
Polygonaceae
 
 


 
Grant's woodland-gilia
Gilia splendens ssp. grantii
Polemoniaceae


 
 
Sapphire woolstar
Eriastrum sapphirinum
Polemoniaceae
 
Shaggy hawkweed
Hieracium horridum
Asteraceae
Wheeler's common madia
Madia elegans ssp. wheeleri
Asteraceae
   


 
Common scouring rush
Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine
Equisetaceae


   
Broom snakeweed
Gutierrezia sarothrae
Asteraceae
 
Southern monardella
Monardella australis
Lamiaceae
 
Yarrow
Achillea millefolium
Asteraceae