SAWMILL MOUNTAIN, SAN GABRIELS MAY 2009 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters





Although very close to Liebre Mountain, the trail up Sawmill Mountain from Pine Canyon Road is mostly a very different environment, much more heavily forested and following a seasonal stream that was still trickling intermittently at this late date in May. The trail goes from Lower Shake Campground, which is a brief walk along a dirt road from N2 at the 4.54 mile marker, 0.6 miles to Upper Shake Campground, and then another 0.6 miles to the Pacific Crest Trail. Jerry Schad's direction to "walk through the campground" was not very helpful and I was not sure I was going where I was supposed to go, and I also didn't know whether this was intended to be a loop trail or not or where the end point of this hike was supposed to be or where the actual high point of Sawmill Mountain is, so this became a sort of general aimless wandering around looking to see what I could find, which is less than completely satisfying if like me you're a person who likes to get to a specific destination. Anyway, I did find some interesting things, and I will go back again and check out the area further, perhaps earlier in the spring next year, but first I need to get a good map. 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.


   
Dense-fruited monkeyflower
Mimulus constrictus
Phrymaceae
 
Western wallflower
Erysimum capitatum var. capitatum
Brassicaceae


 
Butterfly mariposa lily
Calochortus venustus
Liliaceae


 
 
Splendid gilia
Gilia splendens ssp. splendens
Polemoniaceae
 
 
   



   
Pale swallowtail
Papilio eurymedon
Papilionidae
 
Acmon blue
Icaricia (Plebejus) acmon
Lycaenidae


 
 
Thickleaf yerba santa
Eriodictyon crassifolium var. nigrescens
Hydrophyllaceae
 
 
 
 
California wild buckwheat
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium
Polygonaceae
Bush monkeyflower
Mimulus aurantiacus
Phrymaceae
 
 


 
California thistle
Cirsium occidentale var. californicum
Asteraceae
 
Foothill penstemon
Penstemon heterophyllus var. australis
Scrophulariaceae


   
Western sycamore
Platanus racemosa
Platanaceae


 
California milkweed
Asclepias californica
Apocynaceae


   
Narrow-leaved milkweed
Asclepias fascicularis
Apocynaceae
 
Desert larkspur
Delphinium parishii ssp. parishii
Ranunculaceae

 
Mountain phacelia
Phacelia imbricata ssp. imbricata
Hydrophyllaceae