Plants of the Devils Slide Wet Drainages
The Devils Slide Trail crosses seven wet drainage crossings that contain riparian plants. This page gives pictures of each drainage crossing and a list of the dominant plants in each one.
Location of Drainage Crossings Along Devils Slide Trail
Drainage # Mile Drainage Name Elevation Feet Meters 1 0.95 Jolley Spring 7120 2170 2 1.28 Powderbox Spring 7320 2230 3 1.39 Middle Spring 7380 2250 4a 1.66 Middle Spring 7600 2315 4b 1.69 Middle Spring 7600 2315 5 1.83 Powderbox Spring 7680 2340 6 2.03 Powderbox Spring 7840 2390 7 2.32 Powderbox Spring 8010 2440
The Middle Springs Drainage has two closely-spaced branches at 7600 feet, which merge just below that elevation. Hence the branches are numbered 4a and 4b here.
The dominant plant species in each drainage crossing are given in the next table. The list of species is not complete for each drainage crossing; only the most prominent species as seen from the trail are noted. Note that drainage crossing #2 is given out of order in the following table in order to keep each drainage together in the table. The drainages are color-coded in the table.
Dominant Plant Species In Each Drainage
Latin Name # drainage crossings 1 3 4a 4b 2 5 6 7 Ribes nevadense 7 X X X X X X X Aquilegia formosa 5 X X X X X Potentilla glandulosa ssp. reflexa 5 X X X X X Carex fracta 4 X X X X Castilleja miniata ssp. miniata 4 X X X X Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens 4 X X X X Salix scouleriana 4 X X X X Ceanothus cordulatus 3 X X X Epilobium ciliatum ssp. ciliatum 3 X X X Lotus crassifolius var. crassifolius 3 X X X Rhododendron occidentale 3 X X X Agrostis idahoensis 2 X X Luzula comosa 2 X X Mimulus cardinalis 2 X X Mimulus floribundus 2 X X Mimulus guttatus 2 X X Mimulus moschatus 2 X X Penstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii 2 X X Scrophularia californica ssp. floribunda 2 X X Symphoricarpos rotundifolius var. parishii 2 X X Carex senta 1 X Deschampsia elongata 1 X Epilobium canum 1 X Erysimum capitatum ssp. capitatum 1 X Horkelia clevelandii 1 X Juncus macrophyllus 1 X Keckiella rothrockii var. jacintensis 1 X Lupinus latifolius var. parishii 1 X Mimulus pilosus 1 X Mimulus tilingii 1 X Penstemon rostriflorus 1 X Phacelia ramosissima var. ramosissima 1 X Rhamnus californica 1 X Ribes cereum var. cereum 1 X Ribes roezlii var. roezlii 1 X Rubus parviflorus 1 X Sambucus mexicana 1 X
Pictures of Each Drainage
All pictures are taken heading up the trail, just before the center of the drainage, unless noted otherwise. They were all taken on 14 July 2006.
#1, Mile 0.95, Jolley Spring, 7120 feet, 2170 m.
This picture is taken heading up the trail, just before the drainage. It doesn't show the moist bank just before the center of the drainage that contains all the Mimulus
#2, Mile 1.28, Powderbox Spring, 7320 feet, 2230 m.
#3, Mile 1.39, Middle Spring, 7380 feet, 2250 m.
#4a, Mile 1.66, Middle Spring, 7600 feet, 2315 m.
#4b, Mile 1.69, Middle Spring, 7600 feet, 2315 m.
#5, Mile 1.83, Powderbox Spring, 7680 feet, 2340 m.
#6, Mile 2.03, Powderbox Spring, 7840 feet, 2390 m.
The first picture above was taken on the approach to the drainage crossing; the second picture was taken from the crossing looking farther up the trail.
#7, Mile 2.32, Powderbox Spring, 8010 feet, 2440 m.
This picture is taken from past the drainage, looking back down the trail.
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Updated 29 July 2006.