Plant Guide to South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon National Park

MileS#id?FAM(*)Common NameScientific Name#Plants
0.00   South Kaibab Trailhead; elevation 7200 feet (2195 m). Begin guide at display boards: left: "A Hike to Cedar Ridge"; right: "South Kaibab Trail". VIS, juniper mistletoe, Phoradendron juniperinum, just before trailhead; look for it on trail
0.00b1 PINtwo-needle pinyon pinePinus edulis50 / 9
0.00b2 VISpinyon pine dwarf-mistletoeArceuthobium divaricatum25 / 9
0.00l3 ROSUtah service-berryAmelanchier utahensis50 / 9
0.00l4 CHEFremont's goosefootChenopodium fremontii50 / 9
0.00r5 CHE*Russian thistleSalsola tragus5 / 2
0.00r  (BRA Wright's thelypody, Thelypodium wrightii)
0.00b6 ASTsilver wormwoodArtemisia ludoviciana99 / 9
0.00r7 POA*downy bromeBromus tectorum99 / 9
0.00r8 BRA*crossflowerChorispora tenella99 / 9
0.00r9 ASThoary-asterMachaeranthera canescens50 / 9
0.00r10 POA*foxtail barleyHordeum murinum99 / 9
0.00r11 BRA*herb sophiaDescurainia sophia99 / 9
0.00r12 POAIndian ricegrassAchnatherum hymenoides40 / 9
0.00l13 BRAperennial rock-cressArabis perennans50 / 9
0.00l14 POAmutton grassPoa fendleriana99 / 9
0.00l  (HYD Utah fendlerbush, Fendlerella utahensis)
0.00l  (CUP, Utah juniper, Juniperus osteosperma; VIS, juniper mistletoe, Phoradendron juniperinum; AST, Basin butterweed, Packera multilobata; CAP, snowberry, Symphoricarpos oreophilus; AST Rock Goldenrod, Petradoria pumila)
0.00l15 RAN*curveseed butterwortCeratocephala testiculata99 / 9
0.00l16 ASTbig sagebrushArtemisia tridentata99 / 9
0.00l17 SCRtoadflax penstemonPenstemon linarioides20 / 9
0.00l  (whisky currant, Ribes cereum var. pedicellare)
0.00   Switchback right
0.01l18 CHE*tumbling oracleAtriplex rosea2 / 2
0.01r19 GROwhisky currantRibes cereum var. pedicellare20 / 7
0.01r20 POAsquirreltailElymus elymoides20 / 9
0.02r21 ASTGrand Canyon GoldenweedEricameria arizonica30 / 7
0.02r22 CAPsnowberrySymphoricarpos oreophilus30 / 9
0.02r23 EPHgreen ephedraEphedra viridis50 / 9
0.02r24 ASTGrand Canyon rock-daisyPerityle congesta50 / 9
0.02l25~CACMojave prickly-pear (not seen in 2009)Opuntia erinacea3 / 3
0.02l26 ASTBasin butterweedPackera multilobata20 / 9
0.02l  (beardtongue, Penstemon barbatus)
0.02l27 CUPUtah juniperJuniperus osteosperma20 / 9
0.03r28 RUBWright's bedstrawGalium wrightii40 / 9
0.03r29 ROScliffrosePurshia stansburiana40 / 9
0.03l30 SCRbeardtonguePenstemon barbatus10 / 4
0.03l31 BRAWright's thelypodyThelypodium wrightii30 / 9
0.03r32 POLsouthern mountain phloxPhlox austromontana30 / 9
0.04r33 ASTCooper’s rubberweedHymenoxys cooperi10 / 9
0.04l34 ASTCalifornia brickellbushBrickellia californica30 / 7
0.04l35 SCRPalmer's penstemonPenstemon palmeri30 / 9
0.04l36 LAM*horehoundMarrubium vulgare3 / 3
0.04l37~ASTsticky snakeweedGutierrezia microcephala99 / 9
0.04   Switchback left and curve right at sign "When mules pass"
0.04l38 POA*smooth bromeBromus inermis99 / 9
0.04l39 POLSimpson's buckwheatEriogonum microthecum var. simpsonii50 / 9
0.04r  (PIN, Rocky Mountain Douglas-fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca)
0.05l40 SCRbeaked penstemonPenstemon rostriflorus10 / 7
0.05l41 CAREastwood's sandwortArenaria eastwoodiae5 / 2
0.06r42 ROSfern bushChamaebatiaria millefolium1 / 1
0.06   Switchback left at ridge
0.06l43 ASTbeautiful aster Eurybia pulchra40 / 9
0.06l44 FABfreckled milk-vetchAstragalus lentiginosus var. diphysus50 / 9
0.06r  (Gambel oak, Quercus gambelii)
0.06l  (Fendler's meadow-rue, Thalictrum fendleri)
0.07l45 POAslender wheatgrassElymus trachycaulus20 / 3
0.07l46 PINRocky Mountain Douglas-firPseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca5 / 5
0.07b47 BRAmountain pepper-grassLepidium montanum30 / 7
0.08r  Check if this off-trail Arabis is A. perennans – no pix yet
0.09   Switchback right at sign "No dogs"
0.11   Switchback left
0.12r  In distance, leaning block of Coconino Sandstone
0.12r48 FAGGambel oakQuercus gambelii5 / 2
0.13   Switchback right at sign "No shortcutting"
0.15   Switchback left
0.15   Switchback right and curve left
0.16r49 GROtrumpet gooseberryRibes leptanthum2 / 2
0.16   Switchback left
0.16r  First live Basin butterweed, Packera multilobata, in 2009.
0.16r ?(young plant with erect trifoliate leaves; a baby Ptelea trifoliata?)
0.17l  (Arizona thistle, Cirsium arizonicum var. nidulum)
0.17   Switchback right
0.20r50 RANFendler's meadow-rueThalictrum fendleri1 / 1
0.20r51~SCRthickleaf beardtonguePenstemon pachyphyllus var. congestus10 / 9
0.20r52spNYCsmooth spreading four o'clock or trailing four-o'clockMirabilis oxybaphoides or Mirabilis pumila1 / 1
0.20r  (dentnut cryptantha, Cryptantha abata)
0.20r53 ASTArizona thistleCirsium arizonicum var. nidulum10 / 5
0.20r54 HYDFendler bushFendlera rupicola10 / 5
0.23l  Sign: "Warning!"; elevation ~7000 feet (2130 m)
0.23r55 ASTmatchweedGutierrezia sarothrae5 / 3
0.26r  (banana yucca, Yucca baccata)
0.26l56?POA one-sided grass1 / 1
0.26r  (Torrey's milkvetch, Astragalus calycosus)
0.26b57 BORdentnut cryptanthaCryptantha abata15 / 4
0.26l58 AGAbanana yuccaYucca baccata2 / 2
0.27l59 FABTorrey's milkvetchAstragalus calycosus50 / 9
0.27b  (Field of AST, Rock Goldenrod, Petradoria pumila)
0.28r  (hairy goldenaster, Heterotheca villosa)
0.37r60 ASThairy goldenasterHeterotheca villosa40 / 9
0.38l61 AGAKaibab century plantAgave utahensis var. kaibabensis10 / 9
    (first off-trail CAC, Mojave prickly-pear, Opuntia erinacea, in 2009)
0.39r62~BORslender cryptanthaCryptantha gracilis40 / 5
0.40r63spASTleafy asterErigeron sp.5 / 2
0.40r64 ASTRock GoldenrodPetradoria pumila20 / 9
0.40l65 ASTthreadleaf common rabbitbrushEricameria nauseosa var. oreophila50 / 9
    Need to get mileages for the following, and place the trail curves right correctly:
 r  (LIN, Lewis' flax, Linum lewisii)
 b66 POA*red bromeBromus rubens /
 r  (Parish needlegrass, Achnatherum parishii)
 r  (spiny greasebush, Glossopetalon spinescens var. aridum)
    Trail curves right at small ridge; elevation ~6800 feet (2070 m)
 r  (prickly pear with fat pads, Opuntia sp.)
 b67 SCRpurple bird's-beakCordylanthus parviflorus20 / 5
 l68spCACprickly pear with narrow padsOpuntia sp.1 / 1
 r69 ASTgreenstem paperflowerPsilostrophe sparsiflora50 / 9
    (SCR, Martin's paintbrush, Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii)
  70 LINLewis' flaxLinum lewisii var. lewisii /
0.57l71 ROSApache plumeFallugia paradoxa10 / 3
0.58r72 GER*redstem filareeErodium cicutarium99 / 9
0.60r73?  unk similar to Ageratina, but different /
0.61l  Check for Artemisia nova
    Check order of species from mile 0.68 to mile 0.81
0.68r74 ASTlongleaf brickellbushBrickellia longifolia40 / 9
0.68r75 ASTfragrant snakerootAgeratina herbacea5 / 1
0.70r76 RHAbirchleaf buckthornFrangula betulifolia ssp. obovata1 / 1
0.73r77 CROspiny greasebushGlossopetalon spinescens var. aridum50 / 9
0.73r78 BRA*shepherd's purseCapsella bursa-pastoris /
0.73l  (ROS, true mountain-mahogany, Cercocarpus montanus)
0.75   Switchback left at Ooh-Aah Point
0.78b79spCACprickly pear with fat padsOpuntia sp.2 / 1
0.81   Switchback right; elevation ~6600 feet (2010 m)
0.81l  (AST, Missouri goldenrod, Solidago missouriensis)
0.83l  (GAR, ashy silk tassel, Garrya flavescens)
0.85r80 LAMDrummond's false pennyroyalHedeoma drummondii1 / 1
0.87r81 MAL*common mallowMalva neglecta1 / 1
0.90l  (CAC Engelmann's hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus engelmannii)
0.91   Trail turns right 90°
0.91r82 SELspike-mossSelaginella mutica10 / 1
0.91r83 ROStrue mountain-mahoganyCercocarpus montanus50 / 9
0.93   Switchback left
0.96   Switchback left
0.97   Switchback right; elevation ~6400 feet (1950 m)
1.02   Switchback right
1.06l84 RUTpallid hoptreePtelea trifoliata ssp. pallida var. pallida5 / 5
1.07   Switchback left; lowest Grand Canyon Goldenweed, Ericameria arizonica
1.10l85 RUBMunz's bedstrawGalium munzii ssp. ambivalens30 / 9
1.14b86 APIrockloving wavewingPteryxia petraea5 / 1
1.14r sp(a different Arabis like A. pulchra?)
1.16   Long switchback left
1.19   Switchback right; elevation ~6200 feet (1890 m)
  87? ?unk shrub with opp lvs and dense infl30 / 5
1.24r88~EUPsmall-seeded spurgeChamaesyce polycarpa10 / 2
1.25r sp(unk grass similar to Bouteloua)
1.28r89 POAParish needlegrassAchnatherum parishii40 / 9
1.28l90 LAMblue sageSalvia dorrii10 / 5
1.28   Sign: "Cedar Ridge"; elevation 6067 feet (1849 m)
1.30   Trail turns right 90° off ridge
1.31   Switchback left
1.34r91 BETKnowlton hop hornbeamOstrya knowltonii1 / 1
1.36l92 BRAheartleaf jewelflowerStreptanthus cordatus30 / 9
1.36b93 BRAprince's plumeStanleya pinnata40 / 9
1.36b  Check for different Artemisia like tridentata
1.37l  (BER Fremont barberry, Mahonia fremontii)
1.41l94?AST?unk Asteraceae shrub like Brickellia /
1.42   Switchback right
1.43   Switchback left; elevation ~5900 feet (1800 m)
1.45l95 OLEsingle-leaf ashFraxinus anomala3 / 3
1.49l96 NYCgiant four o'clockMirabilis multiflora20 / 7
1.50l97~POLeyed giliaGilia ophthalmoides5 / 1
1.50l98 CHEfourwing saltbushAtriplex canescens30 / 7
1.56r99spPOA?unk grass similar to Bouteloua eriopoda /
1.57   Brief flat part of trail with great views; elevation ~5800 feet (1770 m)
1.61r100 ASTrush rabbitbrushEricameria nauseosa var. juncea4 / 4
1.62l  (BOR, capitate cryptantha, Cryptantha capitata)
1.63   Saddle; trail leaves ridge to right
1.63r101 ANAskunkbushRhus trilobata /
1.63r ?(BRA, *African mustard, Malcolmia africana; unk per with opp lvs)
1.64r102? ?unk per with opp lvs /
1.69r103 BRA*African mustardMalcolmia africana20 / 7
1.70   Switchback right
1.73   Switchback left; elevation ~5670 feet (1730 m)
1.73r  (wire-lettuce, Stephanomeria pauciflora)
1.75r  (AST, Bigelow sagebrush, Artemisia bigelovii)
1.82l104 POAside-oats gramaBouteloua curtipendula3 / 1
1.84b105 LOAAdonis blazing starMentzelia multiflora40 / 9
1.84l106 HYDnarrow phaceliaPhacelia filiformis5 / 1
1.84l ?(AST, fiveneedle pricklyleaf, Thymophylla pentachaeta; AST, tall plant with clasping leaves and purple-tipped phyllaries; dwarf false pennyroyal, Hedeoma nana ssp. nana)
1.85r107 ASTwire-lettuceStephanomeria pauciflora2 / 1
1.85r108 POAblack gramaBouteloua eriopoda5 / 2
1.88l  (banana yucca, Yucca baccata, with a trunk)
1.92l  A glaucous mutton grass, Poa fendleriana
1.93   Elevation ~5500 feet (1675 m)
1.95l109 SCRMartin's paintbrushCastilleja applegatei ssp. martinii5 / 1
1.96   Trail curves left at ridge
1.97l110 NYCdwarf sand verbenaAbronia nana5 / 3
2.03l111 ROSlittle-leaved mountain-mahoganyCercocarpus intricatus3 / 2
2.03l112 ASTBigelow sagebrushArtemisia bigelovii /
2.05l113?AST?unk per like Gnaphalium canescens ssp. beneolens1 / 1
2.15r114spBRAbeautiful rock-cress?Arabis pulchra?3 / 1
2.16l115 BRArose bladderpodLesquerella purpurea5 / 2
2.21l116spSCRpaintbrush with non-wavy leavesCastilleja sp.1 / 1
2.23r117 MALgooseberryleaf globemallowSphaeralcea grossulariifolia30 / 9
2.23   Elevation ~5300 feet (1615 m)
2.28l  Trail is on top of breccia pipe, formed by roof collapse of a limestone cave, best exposed on saddle to left
2.29r118?AST?shrub similar to Viguieria or Encelia1 / 1
2.29r119 BRAcommon pepper-grassLepidium densiflorum10 / 1
2.29r ?(a perennial Eriogonum not E. inflatum?)
2.30r120 POLdesert trumpetEriogonum inflatum20 / 5
2.31r121 ROSblack brushColeogyne ramosissima50 / 9
2.36l122 POAhairy erioneuronErioneuron pilosum2 / 1
2.43l123 ASTrose heathChaetopappa ericoides /
2.45l124? unk rosette with long-petioled leaves like EriogonumEriogonum sp.?5 / 3
2.48l ~(winding mariposa, Calochortus flexuosus; ~larkspur, ~Delphinium sp.)
2.50r125 POAfluff grassDasyochloa pulchella1 / 1
2.50r126 BRAhairy-podded pepper-grassLepidium lasiocarpum var. lasiocarpum5 / 1
2.50l  (CAC California barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus)
2.51r  (AST woolly bur-sage, Ambrosia eriocentra)
2.51r127 AGAsoaptree yuccaYucca elata1 / 1
2.56r128 LILwinding mariposaCalochortus flexuosus /
2.56r129 POAJames' galletaPleuraphis jamesii20 / 5
2.72   Skeleton Point; elevation ~5100 feet (1555 m); End Plant Trail Guide
    (many-headed barrel cactus, Echinocactus polycephalus var. xeranthemoides off-trail at top of drop-off to west)
http://tchester.org/gc/plants/guides/s_kaibab.html
Updated 21 June 2012.