DEVILS SLIDE TRAIL, SAN JACINTO MTS MAY 2009 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




Before joining the Jepson group for the San Jacinto Mountains workshop, I hiked up the Devil's Slide Trail to Saddle Junction. I was curious to see what the current state of the bloom was for this area compared to what it had been on several trips later in the season a couple of years ago. What I found was a bit disheartening and doesn't seem to bode well for the success of the workshop. The combination of the early date and the general lack of moisture on the trail are not good signs that we will be finding much in the way of flowers if we restrict the workshop to areas near the James Reserve, which is where we are scheduled to be staying. Seasonal drainages that had been moist even in July were now completely dry, and most of the species that we found along those drainages are absent. It just points up the fact that it is a very difficult thing when planning a workshop months in advance to predict how floristic any given area will be. We just have to hope that our trip leader will know of some productive localities to investigate. An indispensible aide for identifying the flora to be found along this trail is the excellent plant guide compiled byTom Chester which is at http://tchester.org/sb/plants/guides/devils_slide.html.



   
Southern mountain lupine
Lupinus excubitus var. austromontanus
Fabaceae


 
California black oak
Quercus kelloggii
Fagaceae


 
 
Mountain whitethorn
Ceanothus cordulatus
Rhamnaceae
 
 
 
 
Large-flowered lotus
Lotus grandiflorus var. grandiflorus
Fabaceae
Sierra Nevada lotus
Lotus nevadensis var. nevadensis
Fabaceae
 
 


   
Canyon live oak
Quercus chrysolepis
Fagaceae
 
 



     
Slender bedstraw
Galium angustifolium ssp. gracillimum
Rubiaceae
 
Beautiful hulsea
Hulsea vestita ssp. callicarpha
Asteraceae


 
 
Shrubby interior live oak
Quercus wislizeni var. frutescens
Fagaceae
 
 



 
Laguna Mountains jewelflower
Streptanthus bernardinus
Brassicaceae

RARE SPECIES


       
   
Sugar pine
Pinus lambertiana
Pinaceae
   
    Mountain sticky cinquefoil
Potentilla glandulosa ssp. reflexa
Rosaceae


 
Broad-leaved lotus
Lotus crassifolius var. crassifolius
Fabaceae
 
Scouler's willow
Salix scouleriana
Salicaceae


   
Pink-bracted manzanita
Arctostaphylos pringlei ssp. drupacea
Ericaceae