PACIFIC CREST TRAIL FROM THROOP PEAK TO
VINCENT GAP, SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS
JULY 2013
PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




This hike actually began at Dawson Saddle, but the photo gallery covers the Pacific Crest Trail from Throop Peak to Vincent Gap. It was another lovely day in the San Gabriels with the temperature in the mid-70's all day. Passing Mt. Burnham, named for Frederick Russell Burnham (1861-1947), scout and tracker for the U.S. Army, officer in the British Army, and friend and mentor to Lord Baden-Powell, the trail approaches Mt. Baden-Powell from the west then arrives at a junction of the summit spur trail. The views from the top in every direction are stupendous, especially down the drainages of the San Gabriel River to the south and out across the Mojave to the north. Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell (1857-1941) was the founder of the Boy Scouts and penned a little ditty that demonstrates how his name was supposed to be pronounced. "Man, Nation, Maiden, Please call it Baden. Further, for Powell, Rhyme it with Noel." From the top the trail zigzags down the north face of the mountain to Vincent Gap 2700' below on the Angeles Crest Highway. I was chagrined to notice this time that almost every switchback has a short-cut that people have used to save time and distance, thereby increasing the danger of erosion and trampling vegetation. I don't know whether this has been the case before but I don't remember it from my last hike here which was in 2011. The picture above is of the final section of the trail heading up to the summit. It is approximately 6-1/2 miles from Throop Peak to Vincent Gap, with another 1.8 from Dawson Saddle. The photographs in this gallery were taken on 7/14/13. The list of species for this segment of the PCT is here.


 
 
Showy cycladenia
Cycladenia humilis var. venusta
Apocynaceae
 
 



 
Limber pine
Pinus flexilis
Pinaceae



   
San Jacinto Mountains fleabane
Erigeron breweri var. jacinteus
Asteraceae


 
 
Curl-leaf mountain mahogany
Cercocarpus ledifolius var. intermontanus
Rosaceae
San Bernardino Mountain onion
Allium monticola
Alliaceae
 


 
Clasping-leaved caulanthus
Caulanthus amplexicaulis
Brassicaceae
   
White catchfly
Silene verecunda
Caryophyllaceae
     


 
Rock buckwheat
Eriogonum saxatile
Polygonaceae



 
 
 
Small-leaved cream bush
Holodiscus discolor var. microphyllus
Rosaceae
 
 



 
Alpine sulphur-flowered buckwheat
Eriogonum umbellatum var. minus
Polygonaceae


       
   
Spineless horsebrush
Tetradymia canescens
Asteraceae
   
    Groundsmoke
Gayophytum sp.
Onagraceae


   
California fuchsia
Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium
Onagraceae



 
 
 
Nodding bedstraw
Galium hallii
Rubiaceae

[Named for Harvey Monroe Hall (1874-1932]
 
 



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