Plant Guide to Desert View Trail, San Jacinto Mountains
Mile S # id? Common Name Scientific Name #here 0.00 l Begin guide at North jct. with Nature Loop, 0.14 miles south of Tram concrete sidewalk; elevation ~8360 feet (2548 m) 0.00 r 1 Jeffrey pine Pinus jeffreyi 30 / 9 0.00 b (San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrush, Ericameria nauseosa var. bernardina) 0.00 r 2 San Gabriel beardtongue Penstemon labrosus / 0.01 r 3 wax currant Ribes cereum var. cereum / 0.02 b 4 wild tarragon Artemisia dracunculus 99 / 9 0.02 l (white fir, Abies concolor) 0.02 r 5 curl-leaf mountain-mahogany Cercocarpus ledifolius 5 / 3 0.02 b 6 western wallflower Erysimum capitatum var. capitatum 5 / 1 0.02 l 7 groundsmoke Gayophytum diffusum ssp. parviflorum / 0.02 l 8 Fremont's goosefoot Chenopodium fremontii / 0.03 l (Grinnell's beardtongue, Penstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii; little-leaf mock orange, Philadelphus microphyllus; Parish's snowberry, Symphoricarpos rotundifolius var. parishii) 0.05 r 9 white fir Abies concolor 30 / 9 0.08 l 10 goldenrod Solidago velutina ssp. californica / 0.08 r (lodgepole pine, Pinus contorta ssp. murrayana) 0.10 b Dense field of tarragon, Artemisia dracunculus, due to leach field of septic tank from Tram restrooms 0.10 r Manhole cover 0.12 r 11 San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrush Ericameria nauseosa var. bernardina 20 / 9 0.13 Trail curves right and begins climbing 0.18 r 12 woodland spurge Euphorbia lurida 5 / 1 0.23 Y-jct: go left to first Desert Overlook 0.23 b 13 San Jacinto buckwheat Eriogonum apiculatum / 0.25 r 14 sugar pine Pinus lambertiana 5 / 2 0.25 First Desert Overlook on saddle; canyon live oak, Quercus chrysolepis, on left; Parish's bedstraw, Galium parishii, on right. Return to main trail and continue on it 0.27 Back at main trail; go left 0.33 Trail jogs left 0.34 l (mountain California-fuchsia, Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium; granite prickly phlox, Linanthus pungens; mountain spray, Holodiscus microphyllus var. microphyllus; in drainage above trail) 0.35 (San Jacinto Mts. Keckiella, Keckiella rothrockii var. jacintensis) 0.35 l 15 San Jacinto lupine Lupinus hyacinthinus 5 / 1 0.35 b 16 San Jacinto Mts. keckiella Keckiella rothrockii var. jacintensis 5 / 1 0.38 l Unusual rock formation, with balanced boulders and large depressions in rocks 0.38 Y-jct: go left to second Desert Overlook 0.42 Second Desert Overlook on saddle; high point on trail, elevation 8480 feet (2585 m); great views into Palm, Long Valley and Tahquitz Canyons; return to main trail and continue on it 0.45 Back at main trail; go left 0.47 Highest point on main trail; elevation ~8470 feet (2582 m) 0.56 Y-jct: go left to minor overlook 0.57 Minor overlook; return to trail 0.58 Back at main trail; go left 0.62 l (lodgepole pine, Pinus contorta ssp. murrayana) 0.66 r 17 granite prickly phlox Linanthus pungens 1 / 1 0.69 r (bush chinquapin, Chrysolepis sempervirens) 0.70 r (rose sage, Salvia pachyphylla) 0.72 l 18 Parish's bedstraw Galium parishii 2 / 1 0.74 Minor overlook very close to trail 0.82 l 19 lodgepole pine Pinus contorta ssp. murrayana 1 / 1 0.83 b 20 brown sedge Carex subfusca 10 / 1 0.83 l (swamp sedge, Carex senta) 0.88 l Jct. Nature Trail; lowest point on trail, elevation 8320 feet (2536 m). End guide; continue ahead to get back to the Tram directly 1.17 Tram sidewalk
Mile: 0.00 includes all mileages from 0.000 to 0.009; etc.
S: Side of trail on which the first occurrence is found: left, right, both, or center
#: On-Trail species are numbered in order of first occurrence on trail (touchable without leaving the trail). Off-trail species are in parentheses.
id?: Species without an entry in this column are positively identified. "?" means we are just guessing the identification; "sp" means the genera is probably known, but the species name is uncertain; "~" means we have 95% confidence that this is the determination, but have not yet positively identified it; "ssp" means the subspecies or variety needs to be determined.
#here gives the minimum number of on-trail plants of this species on this trail, with the number of locations on this trail following the /, using maximum values of 99/9. 1/1 means a single plant in a single location; 10/9 means 10 plants occurring in at least 9 locations, etc.
#all gives the number of plant trail guides, from all over southern California, that contain this taxon.
Updated 26 June 2017.