PACIFIC CREST TRAIL, BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT TO VINCENT GAP, SAN GABRIEL MTS  MAY 2014
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Photographs by Michael Charters




After having done this section of the Pacific Crest Trail last year in the other direction, I was joined in May for an east-west traverse of it with Tom Chester, RT Hawke, Walt Fidler and Adrienne Ballwey. It was a beautiful day when we parked at the Lightning Ridge and PCT parking area at mile marker 78.10 on the Angeles Crest Highway, 4 miles west of the San Bernardino County line at an elevation of 7360'. According to Tom's page on Blue Ridge Summit, this is the point where the Angeles Crest Highway reaches its highest point while crossing the Blue Ridge, named for the distinctive blue-gray Pelona schist. It is 4.6 miles trending downhill to Vincent Gap at 6585'. An asterisk next to the common name indicates a non-native taxon. See Tom's flora for this section of the PCT here. The picture above shows the summit of Mt. Baden-Powell.


   
Bitterroot
Lewisia rediviva var. minor
Montiaceae


 
Wright's collinsia
Collinsia torreyi var. wrightii
Plantaginaceae


 
 
 
Yosemite rock-cress
Boechera repanda
Brassicaceae
 
 



   
Arching rock-cress
Boechera arcuata
Brassicaceae



   
Western wallflower
Erysimum capitatum var. capitatum
Brassicaceae


 
Bitter cherry
Prunus emarginata
Rosaceae


 
Western morning glory
Calystegia occidentalis ssp. fulcrata
Convolvulaceae

[fulcrata = with an appendage, like a bract, tendril or stipule]
 
 
 
Wright's buckwheat
Eriogonum wrightii var. subscaposum
Polygonaceae


   
Common muilla, Sea muilla
Muilla maritima
Themidaceae




 
 
 
Wax currant
Ribes cereum var. cereum
Grossulariaceae

[cereum = waxy]
 
 



 
Volcanic gilia
Gilia ochroleuca ssp. vivida
Polemoniaceae


 
 
Volcanic gilia
Gilia ochroleuca ssp. bizonata
Polemoniaceae
 
 


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