WEST WATERMAN TRAIL, SAN GABRIEL MTS JUNE 2014
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Photographs by Michael Charters



I have had on my calender for several weeks a hike around the backside of Mt. Waterman to a place called Incense Cedar Meadow. I'm not sure if I have ever walked this trail before, but loving meadows as I do, the prospect of visiting a meadow that was new to me was exciting. The group I joined was a Sierra Club Natural Science Section group led by Ginny Heringer and Carole Scurlock. It is about 7-3/4 miles round trip to do this hike from the Three Points parking area on Little Rock Creek Road just off the Angeles Crest Highway, with about 1500' elevation gain. If you continue farther along this trail you can get to Twin Peaks and the summit of Mt. Waterman. As it turned out, the 'meadow' we arrived at was more of a San Gabriels 'meadow' than a San Bernardinos meadow, that is, it was a woodsy bracken field, but there was a seepy area nearby with some special plants. Along the course of the trail we found three rare species in bloom, Linanthus concinnus, Mimulus johnstonii, and Hulsea vestita ssp. gabrielensis, and I found a fourth, Triteleia lugens, in a semi-dry stream channel just below where we stopped to turn around, and a fifth, Galium jepsonii, along the trail on the way back. Not bad for a year that had looked like it was going to be dry as a bone. There were numerous lemon lilies in the seepy area, but they had not started blooming yet. It was another beautiful day in the mountains.


   
Southern mountain woolstar
Eriastrum densifolium ssp. austromontanum
Polemoniaceae


 
Yarrow
Achillea millefolium
Asteraceae

[millefolium = with many leaves, or leaf segments, literally "a thousand leaves"


 
 
 
Poodle-dog bush
Eriodictyon parryi
Boraginaceae
 
 



   
Smooth scouring rush
Equisetum laevigatum
Equisetaceae
 
Lemon lily
Lilium parryi
Liliaceae


 
 
 
Smoothleaf yerba santa
Eriodictyon trichocalyx var. trichocalyx
Boraginaceae
 
 
 
 



 
 
Yellow pincushion
Chaenactis glabriuscula var. glabriuscula
Asteraceae
 


 
Ghostly rubber rabbitbrush
Ericameria nauseosa var. hololeuca
Asteraceae
 
 
Threadleaf rubber rabbitbrush
Ericameria nauseosa var. consimilis
Asteraceae
 
 
San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrush
Ericameria nauseosa var.
bernardina

Asteraceae
 


 
Cushion cryptantha
Cryptantha circumscissa var. circumscissa
Boraginaceae



   
Western morning glory
Calystegia occidentalis var. fulcrata
Convolvulaceae
 
Western wallflower
Erysimum capitatum var. capitatum
Brassicaceae
 
Bigelow's sneezeweed
Helenium bigelovii
Asteraceae


 
Columbine
Aquilegia formosa
Ranunculaceae

[formosa = finely formed, handsome, beautiful]


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