PINE KNOT TRAIL, SAN BERNARDINO MTS JUNE 2012
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Photographs by Michael Charters




On all three of my recent visits to the Castle Rock trail area, I spent a little time along the beginning of the Pine Knot trail where Gina Richmond had told me that there was a small pebble plain habitat. The trail starts at the Aspen Glen Picnic Area on Mill Creek Road (2N10) a few miles south of Big Bear Blvd. I had never hiked this trail before so I decided to take it to Grand View Point. It is 3-1/4 miles over the ridge, starting as you ascend with beautiful vistas of Big Bear Lake, and ending at a fantastic lookout that affords one tremendous views down into the drainage of the Santa Ana River and across to San Gorgonio Peak and Sugarloaf Mountain. At this late date in June the area is beginning to dry out but there were still many flowers in evidence, and this is a lovely trail at any time of the year. An asterisk indicates a non-native species. Thanks to Hartmut Wisch for the insect id's.


   
Plain mariposa lily
Calochortus invenustus
Liliaceae

 
Ashy-gray paintbrush
Castilleja cinerea
Orobanchaceae

 
Parry's frnged onion
Allium parryi
Alliaceae
 
 
 
Woodland skipper
Ochlodes sylvanioides
Hesperiidae

   
Bear Valley sandwort
Eremogone ursina
Caryophyllaceae
 


 
 
 
Showy Brewer's lupine
Lupinus breweri var. grandiflorus
Fabaceae
 
 


   
Rock-cress
Boechera sp.
Brassicaceae
[What used to be called Arabis holboellii var. pinetorum]


   
Coville's fleabane
Erigeron breweri var. covillei
Asteraceae
[Center: Cuckoo bee, Coelioxys sp., Megachilidae]

 
cf. Fendler's bluegrass
Poa fendleriana
Poaceae
 
 

       
   
Yarrow
Achillea millefolium
Asteraceae
   
    Bitterroot
Lewisia rediviva var. minor
Montiaceae

 
 
Columbia cutleaf
Hymenopappus filifolius var. lugens
Asteraceae
 

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