HOLY JIM CANYON, SANTA ANA MTS NOVEMBER 2008
Photographs by Michael Charters




Holy Jim Canyon is a tributary canyon of Trabuco Canyon south of Santiago Peak in the Santa Ana Mts of Orange County. It is the location of the well-known and well-travelled Holy Jim Trail to Holy Jim Falls, and of course Trabuco Canyon was where the last California grizzly was killed in 1907. I have been curious about this trail for years, having heard many stories about the famous beekeeper Cussin' Jim Smith, and finally had an opportunity to visit it in the company of my friends Tom Chester and Bob Allen. A 1/2-hour ride on a bumpy washboard road brings you to the trailhead. We were looking in particular for the rare Orobanche vallicola which has its main population much farther north, but were also introduced on this hike to a fascinating taxon of Ceanothus I had never heard of, and saw the abundant seed pods of Calochortus weedii var. intermedius, two things that will definitely bring me back in the spring. An upside-down V next to the common name indicates a taxon that was new to me when I photographed it on this field trip.


   
Wartleaf ceanothus ^
Ceanothus papillosus
Rhamnaceae
 
Intermediate mariposa lily ^
Calochortus weedii var. intermedius
Liliaceae


 
Valley broomrape ^
Orobanche vallicola
Orobanchaceae
 


 
 
Wild grape
Vitis girdiana
Vitaceae
 
 
 
 
San Diego sedge
Carex spissa
Cyperaceae
Chaparral whitethorn
Ceanothus leucodermis
Rhamnaceae
 
 


 
Giant chain fern
Woodwardia fimbriata
Blechnaceae


 
 
Bigcone spruce
Pseudotsuga macrocarpa
Pinaceae
 
Maidenhair fern
Adiantum capillus-veneris
Pteridaceae
Big leaf maple
Acer macrophyllum
Aceraceae
   



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