POOPOUT HILL TO MT. SAN GORGONIO SUMMIT SEPTEMBER 2008

He who has not ascended Grayback [San Gorgonio] is like a savage who listens to the tuning up
of an orchestra and goes off pleased - thinking he has heard the concert.
Theodore S. Van Dyke 1875

Photographs by Michael Charters




Our route for this 20-mile hike was from Poopout Hill to Dry Lake to Mineshaft Saddle to the summit of Mt. San Gorgonio at 11,499', then around the backside of Jepson Peak to Dry Lake View and Dollar Lake Saddle, and finally back to South Fork and Poopout Hill. It was a gloriously beautiful fall day with a cloudless sky, cool breezes and temperatures around 75°. I knew there were species that grow only around the summit area, and although I didn't expect to find any blooming in September, I had a bit of luck. We did see a lot of mountain heather in what is its only Southern California location, but it was past its bloom and so the picture on the right below is from a previous trip to the Sierras. I will return next year earlier in the season. 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.


   
Dwarf mountain ragwort ^
Senecio fremontii var. occidentalis
Asteraceae
 
Southern alpine buckwheat
Eriogonum kennedyi var. alpigenum
Polygonaceae


 
Mountain heather
Phyllodoce breweri
Ericaceae

 
 
Silky raillardella ^
Raillardella argentea
Asteraceae
 
 
 
 
Limber pine
Pinus flexilis
Pinaceae
Brittle sandwort ^
Minuartia nuttallii ssp. gracilis
Caryophyllaceae
 
 


 
Pygmy hulsea ^
Hulsea vestita ssp. pygmaea
Asteraceae

 
 
Mountain gooseberry
Ribes montigenum
Grossulariaceae
 
 
Cutleaf daisy
Erigeron compositus
Asteraceae
Southern monardella
Monardella australis
Lamiaceae
Kern cinquefoil
Potentilla wheeleri
Rosaceae
Southern California draba
Draba corrugata var. corrugata
Brassicaceae



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