Plant Guide to Bright Angel Trail

MileS#id?Common NameLatin Name#here#all
0.00   Begin plant guide heading to the Rim at the lower end of Indian Gardens at the Plateau Point Trail Jct (right); the mule staging area (right); and the bathrooms (left), CP #36, elevation 3763'. The plant guide only begins to be more complete 0.25 miles from here.
 r1 sacred DaturaDatura meteloides+1 / 1 
 l2 common reedPhragmites australis10 / 1 
0.25l3 Apache plumeFallugia paradoxa20 / 9 
0.25b4 catclaw AcaciaAcacia greggii var. arizonica30 / 5 
0.25b5sptulip pricklypearOpuntia phaeacantha /  
0.26r6spmormon teaEphedra viridis30 / 9 
0.26r7 button brittlebushEncelia frutescens10 / 5 
0.27r  Sign: "The plants you see here are the living desert. They grow by the inch and die by the foot".
0.27r8spbroom snakeweedGutierrezia sarothrae99 / 9 
0.28r9sprabbitbrushChrysothamnus sp.99 / 9 
0.28r10?unk shrub? /  
0.28r  Sign: "Indian Gardens" (arrow pointing to the right, downhill)
0.29l11?Colorado four o'clockMirabilis multiflora10 / 5 
0.32   Cross creekbed; CP #34, elevation 3884'.
0.32r12?tarragon look-alike with Brickellia flowers.?+99 / 9 
0.33r13spfragrant ashFraxinus cuspidata var. macropetala50 / 9 
0.34r14?unk shrub? /  
0.37r  Creekbed is now close.
0.42 15 silverleaf nightshadeSolanum elaeagnifolium10 / 2 
0.43r16spNative American pipeweedEriogonum inflatum var. inflatum+1 / 1 
0.46b17?tarweed with 3 ~reflexed wide ligules?30 / 5 
0.48l18spdollarjoint pricklypearOpuntia chlorotica1 / 1 
0.48l19 one-sided grass?5 / 5 
0.51 20spgranite giliaLeptodactylon pungens ssp. brevifolium10 / 5 
0.51l21 slender buckwheatEriogonum microthecum var. laxiflorum99 / 9 
0.53l22?needlegrass?Stipa sp.?20 / 9 
0.55l23splike ripgutBromus sp.5 / 1 
0.55r24?tall tumblemustardSisymbrium altissimum5 / 1 
0.56   Switchback left.
0.59   Curve right 90°, cross streambed, then turn left 90°; CP #33, elevation 4029'.
0.70l25?unk shrub like scrub oak?+30 / 9 
0.76   Cross creekbed, with high-pressure water pipe elevated on right; CP #32, 4093'.
0.77r26?saltbush??1 / 1 
0.78r27 Utah agaveAgave utahensis1 / 1 
0.78 28?dead annual like sweet alyssum?+99 / 9 
0.86l29spyuccaYucca sp. /  
0.87r30 Utah juniperJuniperus osteosperma10 / 5 
0.87r31?tree with lvs like alder x fremont cottonwood? /  
0.87r32?per. mallow??30 / 9 
0.99   Long switchback right, cross streambed; CP #31, 4208'.
1.06   Switchback left; CP #30, 4255'.
1.13l33?like hedge nettle?10 / 3 
1.14r34?unk dead annual like mentzelia or goldenrod?1 / 1 
1.20l  (twoneedle pinyon?, Pinus edulis?)
1.20r  (Gambel's oak?, Quercus gambelii?)
1.23   Trail curves right 90°.
1.24   Switchback left; CP #29, 4396'.
1.27   Switchback right.
    Curve left 90°.
    Switchback left.
    Curve right 90°.
    Switchback right.
    Curve left 90°.
1.38r35spFremont's goosefootChenopodium fremontii5 / 2 
1.39   Switchback left at the closest part of the trail to the "Petrified Snow" (caused by falling rocks chipping off the red coat on the Redwall Limestone due to the Supai Group above, exposing the natural gray/white color). CP #28, 4512'.
1.42   Curve right 90°.
1.42   Switchback right.
1.42b36 *cheatgrassBromus tectorum99 / 9 
1.43r37?low shrub with a leaf like a honking coffeeberry leaf? /  
1.45l38?asteraceae with alt leaves like gutierrezia X galium? /  
1.45l39spthistleCirsium sp.5 / 3 
    Curve left 90°.
1.47   Switchback left.
1.47l40?like morning glory or wild cucumber, lvs both opp and alternate?3 / 1 
1.47r41spMunz's bedstraw or Watson's bedstrawGalium munzii or Galium watsonii+5 / 3 
1.52 42?like matchweed but with no ligules; lvs petioled with wedge-shaped bases? /  
1.52   Switchback right.
1.53   Switchback left.
1.55   Switchback right.
1.59   Switchback left; CP #27, 4663'.
1.65r43 *red bromeBromus madritensis20 / 2 
1.67   Switchback right.
1.68l  Jct. short path to 3 mile Resthouse; CP "(3 mile) Resthouse", elevation 4721'.
    Curve left 90°.
    Curve right 90°.
1.83 44 white prairie daisyVirgulus falcatus99 / 9 
1.84   Switchback left; CP #26, elevation 4855'.
1.88l45 twoneedle pinyonPinus edulis10 / 9 
1.89r46spCalifornia brickellbushBrickellia californica20 / 9 
1.90   Switchback right, CP #25, elevation 4897'.
    Curve left 90°.
    Curve right 90°.
1.94r47spgrass with panicle infl with spikelets at end of branchlets?30 / 5 
1.97   Switchback left; CP #24, elevation 4955'.
2.00   Switchback right, CP #23, elevation 4978'.
2.00l48?radiate daisy with 8 well-spaced 3-lobed ligules like Hymenoxys?3 / 1 
2.10   Trail turns right 90°.
2.16   Switchback left; CP #22, 5056'.
2.20   Switchback right; CP #20, elevation 5133'.
2.25   Switchback left; CP #19, elevation 5165'.
2.28 49spsmall prickly pear with very long spines like on Tonto platform.Opuntia sp. /  
2.29   Switchback right; CP #18, elevation 5197'.
2.31l50sptrumpet gooseberryRibes leptanthum30 / 9 
2.31l51 skunkbush sumacRhus trilobata1 / 1 
2.33l52?like wormwood, Artemisia ludoviciana.? /  
2.35   Switchback left; CP #17, elevation 5244'.
2.43   Switchback right; CP #16, elevation 5305'.
    Trail turns right 90°; CP #15, elevation 5407'.
2.67   Switchback left at 2 mile corner; CP #14, elevation 5443'.
    Long switchback left; CP #13, elevation 5518'.
2.80r53spsnowberrySymphoricarpos sp.30 / 9 
2.84l54 Gambel's oakQuercus gambelii99 / 9 
2.87r55?old infl like California plantain?5 / 1 
2.87r56spWright's bedstrawGalium wrightii Gray+1 / 1 
    Trail curves right 90°; CP #12, elevation 5582'.
2.91r  "Shade View" - overhanging boulders giving shade with a great view.
    Trail curves right 90°; CP #11, elevation 5644'.
3.06   Switchback right at the 1.5 mile restrooms; CP #10, elevation 5692'.
3.08l57?desert phloxPhlox austromontana1 / 1 
3.10   1.5 mile Resthouse; CP "(1.5 mile) resthouse", elevation 5714'.
3.12r58?spiny shrub with small round petioled lvsCeanothus greggii?1 / 1 
    Trail bends left 90°.
3.18l59 Palmer's penstemonPenstemon palmeri10 / 5 
    Trail bends left 90°; CP #9, elevation 5780'.
3.22l60?unk ~vine with alt lvs?5 / 1 
3.24r61?like olive but a shrub.?1 / 1 
3.27l62?larger grass?5 / 1 
3.27r63?grass similar to Agropyron?5 / 1 
3.37   Switchback left.
3.38   Switchback right; CP #8, elevation 5900'.
3.41l  Check if the more scapose penstemon here is the same as earlier.
3.44   Switchback left; CP #7, elevation 5946'.
3.46r64?spherical head of small white to blue-purple flowers with 4 petals interspersed between 4 green sepals; linear serrate leaves, fr linear.?10 / 2 
3.47r65?unk similar to spreading dogbane?5 / 1 
3.48   Switchback right.
3.51r  Check for different yucca sp. here.
3.52   Switchback left; CP #6, elevation 6007'.
3.53r66~hoary asterMachaeranthera canescens20 / 3 
3.56   Switchback right.
3.60   Switchback left; CP #5, elevation 6073'.
3.63   Switchback right.
3.67   Trail curves left 90°.
3.70   Switchback left; CP #4, elevation 6153'.
3.71r67?unk shrub like alder with alternate large elliptic lvs? /  
3.73   Long switchback right.
3.74r68~smooth spreading four o'clockMirabilis oxybaphoides5 / 1 
3.78r69sspcoral bellsHeuchera versicolor var. versicolor+5 / 1 
3.78   Switchback left; CP #3, elevation 6218'.
3.79r70 Fendler's meadowrueThalictrum fendleri10 / 2 
3.81   Tunnel #2; CP "Tunnel (#2)", elevation 6248'.
3.90r71spsquirrel tailSitanion hystrix+10 / 1 
3.95   Switchback right; CP #2, elevation 6364'.
3.96l72?grass with carex-like infl with ~6 closely-spaced spikelets?5 / 1 
3.96l  Kolb Drip Spring
4.00r  Jct. path.
4.13l  Signposts that formerly held the sign indicating the contact between the Kaibab and Toroweap Formations.
4.28   Switchback left; CP #1, elevation 6630'. Guide incomplete past this point due to darkness.
4.51   Tunnel #1; CP "Tunnel (#1)", elevation 6761'.
4.59   Switchback right.
4.68   Bright Angel Trailhead; CP "S. Rim", elevation 6845'.
http://tchester.org/gc/plants/guides/bright_angel.html
Updated 16 September 2003.