MIDDLE FORK LYTLE CREEK, SAN GABRIEL MTS SEPTEMBER 2008
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Photographs by Michael Charters




This is another of those twelve-bugs-in-your-mouth trails like the Mt. Wilson trail of a couple of weeks ago. The landforms of the eastern end of the San Gabriel Mts are rough and rugged, and the Cucamonga Wilderness lives up to its name. However, this trail is unrelentingly steep, the trail surface is often dangerously loose requiring poles or sticks, and is even compromised in a few places where you have to work your way gingerly across loose, steep slopes. Exercise extreme caution, especially when coming down. The trail goes 6 miles to the major junction at Icehouse Saddle, and due to a late start I only got four miles up. At this time of the year, most things are either in seed or fruit, or are dried up, so many of these pictures show what the plants look like now, but there were a few things in bloom. I will make another attempt to get to Icehouse Saddle when the weather has cooled off a bit and I can leave earlier in the morning.


   
Bush senecio
Senecio flaccidus var. douglasii
Asteraceae
 
Parish's goldenbush
Ericameria parishii
Asteraceae
 
Sawtooth goldenbush
Hazardia squarrosa var. grindelioides
Asteraceae


 
Hollyleaf cherry
Prunus ilicifolia ssp. ilicifolia
Rosaceae
 
Hollyleaf redberry
Rhamnus ilicifolia
Rhamnaceae


 
 
Longstem buckwheat
Eriogonum elongatum var. elongatum
Polygonaceae
 
 
 
 
Chamise
Adenostoma fasciculatum
Rosaceae
California buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum
Polygonaceae
 
 


 
Scalebroom
Lepidospartum squamatum
Asteraceae

 
 
Chaparral yucca
Hesperoyucca whipplei
Liliaceae
 
 
Golden eardrops
Dicentra chrysantha
Papaveraceae
Narrow-leaved bedstraw
Galium angustifolium
Rubiaceae
Twiggy wreathplant
Stephanomeria virgata
Asteraceae
Johnston's monkeyflower
Mimulus johnstonii
Scrophulariaceae


 
California fuchsia
Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium
Onagraceae


   
Bigleaf maple
Acer macrophyllum
Aceraceae
 
White alder
Alnus rhombifolia
Betulaceae
 
Rock goldenbush
Ericameria cuneata
Asteraceae


 
Manzanita
Arctostaphylos sp.
Ericaceae

 
 
California-aster
Lessingia filaginifolia var. filaginifolia
Asteraceae
 
Birch-leaf mountain mahogany
Cercocarpus betuloides var. betuloides
Rosaceae
Whorl-leaf penstemon
Keckiella ternata
Scrophulariaceae