The Flora of the PCT
B2, Highway 79 (Warner Springs fire station), to Highway 79 (underpass second crossing)

Fig. 1. Pictures taken on the PCT on 20 October 2015 by Tom Chester. Left: grasslands / sandy meadow habitat looking northwest to Palomar Mountain, with the white dome of the 200 inch (5 m) telescope visible. Right: Hilly area covered with Cylindropuntia californica var. parkeri, cane cholla, with a few scrub oaks, Q. acutidens.
Click on the pictures to get larger versions.

B2, Highway 79 (Warner Springs fire station), to Highway 79 (underpass second crossing)

Segment StartSegment EndSegment LengthElevation (feet)
MinMaxRange
B2, Highway 79 (Warner Springs fire station)Highway 79 (underpass second crossing)1.8 miles29003050150
This section covers rougly mile 110 to mile 112 from the Mexican Border (see notes on accuracy of mileages).
Topo! gives 1.8 miles for this segment, the same as given in the PCT Data Book.
The one-way hike from south to north has a total elevation gain of 60 feet; see the profile below.
The one-way hike from north to south has a total elevation gain of 150 feet.
A round-trip hike of this section is 3.6 miles, with an elevation gain and loss of 210 feet.

Introduction
Survey Dates
The Trail Plant Checklist

Introduction

See The Flora of the Pacific Crest Trail: Overview for an Introduction to these plant checklists, and B. The San Ysidro and San Jacinto Mountains for an Introduction to this section.

This is a pleasant short hike as you continue along the grasslands in this geologic basin filled with alluvium. As you enter some bedrock, the plant diversity increases and the grasslands change into a oak woodland. The oaks provide welcoming shade as you then continue through them following a wide dry streambed.

 

Fig. 2. Left: Trail Map for the PCT Section B2, Highway 79 (Warner Springs fire station), to Highway 79 (underpass second crossing), from USDA Forest Service Interactive Map. Right: Elevation profile from B2, Highway 79 (Warner Springs fire station), to Highway 79 (underpass second crossing), from south to north. Click on the pictures for larger versions.

Survey Dates

DateSurveyors# Species recorded
20 April 2014RT Hawke78
20 October 2015Tom Chester, Keir Morse, Kate Harper and Ted Caragozian113

The Trail Plant Checklist

The Plant Checklist is available in four different formats:

Separate condensed print versions of just the checklist names are available for all except for the Calflora thumbnail picture version.


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Copyright © 2015 by RT Hawke, Tom Chester, Keir Morse, Kate Harper, and Ted Caragozian
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Comments and feedback: Tom Chester
Updated 24 October 2015.