PACIFIC CREST TRAIL FROM CLOUDBURST SUMMIT TO
COOPER CANYON AND BUCKHORN CAMPGROUND, SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS
JUNE 2015 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




This hike begins at Cloudburst Summit (7033') near mileage marker 57.10 on the Angeles Crest Highway, drops down into Cooper Canyon, passing Cooper Canyon Trail Camp in 2.5 miles, reaching the Burkhart Trail (5707') in another mile, and then proceeds uphill to the parking area below Buckhorn Campground (6300'). On this day I was joined by Tom Chester, RT Hawke, Nancy Accola, Walt Fidler, Adrienne Ballwey, and William Schlegel (all the way from Santa Barbara). It was a bit warm, however the pine- and manzanita-covered hillsides were beautiful, and we made it to the parking area as dusk was falling. Although we saw well over 80 species, many were not present in great numbers, and Tom remarked that in general this section of the PCT was less floristic than the one he did a few days before going west from Cloudburst Summit to Three Points. The symbol ^ next to the common name indicates a species that was new to me when I photographed it on this field trip, and a ~ next to the Latin name is for an uncertain identification. The photographs here were taken 6/14/15 and 6/18/15. Tom Chester's flora of this area is here.


   
Sigmoid threadplant
Nemacladus sigmoideus
Campanulaceae

[This may be an undescribed species but sigmoideus is the closest thing to it.]


 
 
 

Davidson's phacelia
Phacelia davidsonii
Boraginaceae

 
 
 



 
Bajada lupine
Lupinus concinnus
Fabaceae
  Blazing star
Mentzelia congesta or montana
Loasaceae


 
Wire rush
Juncus balticus
Juncaceae
 
 
 
Bracken fern
Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens
Dennstaedtiaceae


   
Davidson's lotus
Acmispon nevadensis var. davidsonii
Fabaceae



   
Black cottonwood
Populus trichocarpa
Salicaceae
 
Woolly mountain parsley
Oreonana vestita
Apiaceae
 
Yosemite rock-cress
Boechera repanda
Brassicaceae


 
White catchfly
Silene verecunda
Caryophyllaceae
[verecunda = modest, blushing]
  Wright's buckwheat
Eriogonum wrightii var. subscaposum
Polygonaceae


 
 
 
Long-stalk phacelia
Phacelia longipes
Boraginaceae
 
 



   
California milkweed
Asclepias californica
Apocynaceae



   
Mountain whitethorn
Ceanothus cordulatus
Rhamnaceae
[cordulatus = club-shaped, probably referring to the petals]


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