JONES PEAK, SAN GABRIEL MTS FEBRUARY 2009 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




This was mostly a hike for exercise and to take advantage of a day without rain in anticipation of a big storm arriving within 24 hours. The trail to Jones Peak begins at the Bailey Canyon parking area and winds its way steadily uphill 3.5 miles and 2300' with, by my count, 64 switchbacks. An option is to continue a short way uphill beyond Jones Peak to a trail which takes you down to the Mt. Wilson Trail above First Water and thence on to Sierra Madre. Spring has not really begun yet on this trail, but the Ceanothus especially and the wild cucumber were in beautiful bloom. An asterisk next to the common name indicates a non-native species.


   
Wild cucumber
Marah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus
Cucurbitaceae
 
Bermuda buttercup *
Oxalis pes-caprae
Oxalidaceae
 
Western poison oak
Toxicodendron diversilobum
Anacardiaceae

       
   
Coast live oak
Quercus agrifolia var. agrifolia
Fagaceae
   
    Mule fat (Male flowers)
Baccharis salicifolia ssp. salicifolia
Asteraceae
  Mule fat (Female flowers)
Baccharis salicifolia ssp. salicifolia
Asteraceae

 
Periwinkle *
Vinca major
Apocynaceae
 
Sweet alyssum *
Lobularia maritima
Brassicaceae

   
Two-tone everlasting
Pseudognaphalium biolettii [=Gnaphalium bicolor]
Asteraceae

 
California lace fern
Aspidotis californica
Pteridaceae

 
 
Lanceleaf dudleya
Dudleya lanceolata
Crassulaceae
 
 
Sugar bush
Rhus ovata
Anacardiaceae
Toyon
Heteromeles arbutifolia
Rosaceae
Bitter cress
Cardamine oligosperma
Brassicaceae
Common groundsel *
Senecio vulgaris
Asteraceae

 
Hollyleaf redberry
Rhamnus ilicifolia
Rhamnaceae
 
   
White sage
Salvia apiana
Lamiaceae

   
Hoaryleaf ceanothus
Ceanothus crassifolius
Rhamnaceae
 
Southern honeysuckle (Gall)
Lonicera subspicata var. denudata
Caprifoliaceae
 
Coffee fern
Pellaea andromedifolia
Pteridaceae

 
Red-gland spurge
Chamaesyce melanadenia
Euphorbiaceae
 
Redstem filaree *
Erodium cicutarium
Geraniaceae