EATON SADDLE TO MT. LOWE AND SAN GABRIEL PEAK, SAN GABRIEL MTS  MAY 2014 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




This photo gallery includes pictures taken on two hikes along this trail to Mt. Lowe summit from Eaton Saddle on the Mt. Wilson Road. The first hike was organized by John Thompson and co-led by him and CNPS member Jane Tirrell and included Walt Fidler, Mickey Long, myself, and several other people, and took place on 5/10/14. The following week, I was joined by Tom Chester, Keir Morse, Adrienne Ballwey and Walt Fidler to do a follow-up. One of the goals of these hikes was to see the Harlequin lupine (Lupinus stiversii) that grows in this area but may have been planted originally back in the days of Ye Alpine Tavern. The above photo was taken on another hike on 5/13/14 to the summit of San Gabriel Peak and shows both the Mt. Lowe Road and running parallel to it and above the hiking trail. We walked down the road and came back on the trail. An asterisk next to the common name indicates a non-native species. See Tom Chester's flora of this area here.


 
Arching rock-cress
Boechera arcuata
Brassicaceae
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
[Named after Danish botanist Tyge Wittrock Böcher, 1909-1983, authority on Arctic vegetation. The name should be pronounced BOO-ker-a.]
 



   
White sage
Salvia apiana
Lamiaceae
 
White catchfly
Silene verecunda
Caryophyllaceae


   
Deerbrush
Ceanothus integerrimus var. macrothyrsus
Rhamnaceae

[integerrimus = with a smooth edge, undivided; macrothyrsus = long-stalked]


 
Chaparral whitethorn
Ceanothus leucodermis
Rhamnaceae

[leucodermis = white-skinned]


 
Whorl-leaf penstemon
Keckiella ternata var. ternata
Plantaginaceae
   
California thistle
Cirsium occidentale var. californicum
Asteraceae
 


 
Big berry manzanita
Arctostaphylos glauca
Ericaceae
[Right: stone]



   
Big-cone spruce
Pseudotsuga macrocarpa
Pinaceae
 
Birch-leaf mountain mahogany
Cercocarpus betuloides var. betuloides
Rosaceae
 
Bird's-foot fern
Pellaea mucronata var. mucronata
Pteridaceae


 
Blue dicks
Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum
Themidaceae


 
Bristly bird's beak
Cordylanthus rigidus ssp. setiger
Orobanchaceae
 
 
Blue-witch nightshade
Solanum umbelliferum
Solanaceae
 
 
California fuchsia
Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium
Onagraceae

[canum = off-white, ashy-colored]
 


 
California bay
Umbellularia californica
Lauraceae


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