Plant Guide to Desert View Trail, San Jacinto Mountains

MileS#id?Common NameScientific Name#here
0.00lBegin guide at North jct. with Nature Loop, 0.14 miles south of Tram concrete sidewalk; elevation ~8360 feet (2548 m)
0.00r1Jeffrey pinePinus jeffreyi30 / 9
0.00b(San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrush, Ericameria nauseosa var. bernardina)
0.00r2San Gabriel beardtonguePenstemon labrosus /
0.01r3wax currantRibes cereum var. cereum /
0.02b4wild tarragonArtemisia dracunculus99 / 9
0.02l(white fir, Abies concolor)
0.02r5curl-leaf mountain-mahoganyCercocarpus ledifolius5 / 3
0.02b6western wallflowerErysimum capitatum var. capitatum5 / 1
0.02l7groundsmokeGayophytum diffusum ssp. parviflorum /
0.02l8Fremont's goosefootChenopodium fremontii /
0.03l(Grinnell's beardtongue, Penstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii; little-leaf mock orange, Philadelphus microphyllus; Parish's snowberry, Symphoricarpos rotundifolius var. parishii)
0.05r9white firAbies concolor30 / 9
0.08l10goldenrodSolidago velutina ssp. californica /
0.08r(lodgepole pine, Pinus contorta ssp. murrayana)
0.10bDense field of tarragon, Artemisia dracunculus, due to leach field of septic tank from Tram restrooms
0.10rManhole cover
0.12r11San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrushEricameria nauseosa var. bernardina20 / 9
0.13Trail curves right and begins climbing
0.18r12woodland spurgeEuphorbia lurida5 / 1
0.23Y-jct: go left to first Desert Overlook
0.23b13San Jacinto buckwheatEriogonum apiculatum /
0.25r14sugar pinePinus lambertiana5 / 2
0.25First 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
0.27Back at main trail; go left
0.33Trail jogs left
0.34l(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)
0.35l15San Jacinto lupineLupinus hyacinthinus5 / 1
0.35b16San Jacinto Mts. keckiellaKeckiella rothrockii var. jacintensis5 / 1
0.38lUnusual rock formation, with balanced boulders and large depressions in rocks
0.38Y-jct: go left to second Desert Overlook
0.42Second 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
0.45Back at main trail; go left
0.47Highest point on main trail; elevation ~8470 feet (2582 m)
0.56Y-jct: go left to minor overlook
0.57Minor overlook; return to trail
0.58Back at main trail; go left
0.62l(lodgepole pine, Pinus contorta ssp. murrayana)
0.66r17granite prickly phloxLinanthus pungens1 / 1
0.69r(bush chinquapin, Chrysolepis sempervirens)
0.70r(rose sage, Salvia pachyphylla)
0.72l18Parish's bedstrawGalium parishii2 / 1
0.74Minor overlook very close to trail
0.82l19lodgepole pinePinus contorta ssp. murrayana1 / 1
0.83b20brown sedgeCarex subfusca10 / 1
0.83l(swamp sedge, Carex senta)
0.88lJct. Nature Trail; lowest point on trail, elevation 8320 feet (2536 m). End guide; continue ahead to get back to the Tram directly
1.17Tram 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.