PACIFIC CREST TRAIL FROM LITTLE ROCK CREEK ROAD TO
THREE POINTS, SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS
MAY 2013
PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




This is the third of my Pacific Crest Trail segments and it was through a much drier area than the previous two. I hiked with Jim Adams of the USC School of Pharmacy, co-author of Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West. We began at Little Rock Creek Road, elevation 5320', and ascended slowly to reach the Angeles Crest Highway at Three Points, elevation 5885'. Much of this section is through an area that escaped the ravages of the Station Fire. The trail passes by Sulphur Springs campground, often used by PCT through hikers who are passing this area right about now on their way north to Canada. When asked where they are heading, their invariable answer is 'North.' As has often been the case, I returned to the area once again a few days later to do some more photography and search for the Arctostaphylos parryana that has been vouchered here by Jon Keeley. I repeat that I consider these photo galleries to be a record of the taxa along each segment of the PCT, so if you see photos of species that were displayed in previous galleries, that's the reason. I may also start including an addendum list at the end indicating other taxa that either were seen and not photographed or just not included in the gallery. The symbol ^ next to the common name incicates a taxon that was new to me when I photographed it on this field trip. Thanks much to Hartmut Wisch for bug id's, to Mickey Long for the snake id, and to Tom Chester for the identification of the Cryptantha on page 1. The photographs in this gallery were taken 5/14/13 and 5/17/13. The list of species for this segment of the PCT is here.


 
 
Threelobe oxytheca, Three-lobed starry puncturebract
Sidotheca trilobata
Polygonaceae
 
 
   



 
Yellow paintbrush
Castilleja plagiotoma
Orobanchaceae


   
Martin's paintbrush
Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii
Orobanchaceae
 
Clustered blazing star
Mentzelia congesta
Loasaceae


 
Interior rose, Mojave rose
Rosa woodsii var. gratissima
Rosaceae


 
Cushion cryptantha
Cryptantha circumscissa var. circumscissa
Boraginaceae
 
 
California-aster
Corethrogyne filaginifolia
Asteraceae
 
 
California broomrape
Orobanche californica ssp. feudgei
Orobanchaceae
 


 
Strigose sun cup
Camissonia strigulosa
Onagraceae



 
Mojave linanthus
Linanthus breviculus
Polemoniaceae
   
Rydberg's horkelia
Horkelia rydbergii
Rosaceae
     


 
 
Arroyo willow
Salix lasiolepis
Salicaceae
 


 
 
Santolina pincushion
Chaenactis santolinoides
Asteraceae
 
 
 
Birch-leaf mountain mahogany
Cercocarpus betuloides var. betuloides
Rosaceae



 
Chaparral yucca, Our Lord's candle
Hesperoyucca whipplei
Agavaceae
 
Snow plant
Sarcodes sanguinea
Ericaceae


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