Plant Guide to Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail, San Jacinto Mountains

MileS#id?Common NameScientific Name#Pls
0.00rBeginning of trail at Ernie Maxwell sign; 6400 feet (1951 m) elevation.
0.00l(incense-cedar mistletoe, Phoradendron juniperinum)
0.00r1incense-cedarCalocedrus decurrens99 / 9
0.00r2ponderosa pinePinus ponderosa var. pacifica50 / 9
0.00r(snow-plant, Sarcodes sanguinea)
0.00b3California black oakQuercus kelloggii99 / 9
0.00r4Sierra Nevada lotusAcmispon nevadensis var. nevadensis99 / 9
0.01lJct. shortcut use trail from south end of parking area
0.01r5canyon live oakQuercus chrysolepis99 / 9
0.01l(white fir, Abies concolor)
0.02r6bristly bird's beakCordylanthus rigidus ssp. setiger99 / 9
0.02rJct. use trail to road
0.02r7broad-leaved lotusHosackia crassifolia var. crassifolia35 / 3
0.02b8white firAbies concolor75 / 9
0.02r9fir mistletoePhoradendron bolleanum2 / 2
0.03r(sugar pine, Pinus lambertiana)
0.06lJct. another shortcut use trail from south end of parking area
0.08r10western azaleaRhododendron occidentale75 / 2
0.08l(pinedrops, Pterospora andromedea)
0.09r11mountain pink currantRibes nevadense99 / 5
0.09b(thimbleberry, Rubus parviflorus)
0.09b12white alderAlnus rhombifolia3 / 2
0.09Cross moist creek, the drainage from most of the area south of Saddle Junction and north of Lily Rock / Tahquitz Peak
0.09r13thimbleberryRubus parviflorus99 / 2
0.09l14sugar pinePinus lambertiana50 / 9
0.10r(bracken, Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens)
0.11r15pinedropsPterospora andromedea4 / 1
0.13Trail turns left 90°
0.14b16Grinnell's beardtonguePenstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii35 / 2
0.14l(mountain whitethorn, Ceanothus cordulatus)
0.15r(common bedstraw, Galium aparine)
0.15r17mountain whitethornCeanothus cordulatusdead4 / 2
0.18lJct. “Climber's Trail” to Lily Rock
0.18r(*downy brome, Bromus tectorum)
0.18l18forest sedgeCarex multicaulis75 / 9
0.18l19green miner's lettuceClaytonia parviflora ssp. viridis99 / 2
0.18r20Jones' prickly-nut cryptanthaCryptantha muricata var. jonesii20 / 9
0.19b21common bedstrawGalium aparine35 / 3
0.19b22Laguna Mtns. jewel-flowerStreptanthus bernardinus30 / 2
0.19l23beautiful hulseaHulsea vestita ssp. callicarpha27 / 2
0.19l(western wallflower, Erysimum capitatum var. capitatum)
0.24l24Coulter pinePinus coulteri30 / 9
0.24lJct. use trail
0.27l25mountain rock-cressBoechera retrofracta X+20 / 5
0.28l26June grassKoeleria macranthadead99 / 9
0.29lJct. use trail
0.29r(pink-bracted manzanita, Arctostaphylos pringlei ssp. drupacea)
0.29b27San Jacinto buckwheatEriogonum apiculatum80 / 2
0.29b28naked buckwheatEriogonum nudum var. pauciflorum99 / 9
0.29b29squirreltailElymus elymoides50 / 9
0.29l30spgroundsmokeGayophytum sp.4 / 2
0.29l31mountain red-root cryptanthaCryptantha micrantha var. lepida99 / 5
0.29l32splendid giliaSaltugilia splendens ssp. splendens70 / 3
0.29l33plain mariposa lilyCalochortus invenustus99 / 9
0.30r34Fremont's goosefootChenopodium fremontii2 / 1
0.33Cross very small drainage
0.3335spotted coralrootCorallorhiza maculata15 / 3
0.35Cross very small drainage
0.36b36pink-bracted manzanitaArctostaphylos pringlei ssp. drupacea99 / 9
0.36l37oak mistletoePhoradendron serotinum ssp. tomentosum99 / 3
0.36l(southern mountain woolly-star, Eriastrum densifolium ssp. austromontanum)
0.36r38short-flowered monardellaMonardella nana99 / 9
0.36r?(plant with two leaves that are 2 ternate like celery, Apium_graveolens, or sweet-cicely, Osmorhiza sp.)
0.36l39wild sweetpeaLathyrus vestitus var. vestitus99 / 9
0.36l40western wallflowerErysimum capitatum var. capitatum60 / 3
0.36b41Wright's buckwheatEriogonum wrightii var. membranaceum99 / 9
0.36l42California-asterCorethrogyne filaginifolia40 / 9
0.37b43mountain grape-soda lupineLupinus excubitus var. austromontanus99 / 9
0.37r44Parish's tauschiaTauschia parishiidead61 / 9
0.38b45white catch-flySilene verecunda80 / 9
0.38r46mountain mugwortArtemisia ludoviciana ssp. incompta10 / 1
0.38r(golden yarrow, Eriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum)
0.41l47California bromeBromus carinatus var. carinatus10 / 3
0.41l48leafy daisyErigeron foliosus var. foliosus99 / 9
0.41r49American vetchVicia americana ssp. americana30 / 5
0.42l50goldenrodSolidago velutina ssp. californica99 / 5
0.42l51white hawkweedHieracium albiflorum17 / 2
0.44l52golden yarrowEriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum99 / 9
0.44l53Martin's paintbrushCastilleja applegatei ssp. martinii30 / 9
0.45l54slender everlastingPseudognaphalium thermaledead14 / 3
0.47l55strigose lotusAcmispon strigosus30 / 4
0.49Cross small drainage
0.49l56narrowleaf bedstrawGalium angustifolium ssp. angustifolium70 / 9
0.50l57showy bajada lupineLupinus concinnus ssp. optatus99 / 3
0.50l58southern mountain woolly-starEriastrum densifolium ssp. austromontanum50 / 5
0.50r59snow-plantSarcodes sanguinea1 / 1
0.52l60mountain California-fuchsiaEpilobium canum ssp. latifoliumdead99 / 5
0.60Cross dry drainage from southwest side of Lily Rock
0.65Trail begins to descend more steeply; elevation ~6300 feet (1920 m)
0.67l61Yosemite rockcressBoechera repandadead36 / 5
0.67rJct. trail probably leading to road just below; stay left
0.71Enter forest of oak mistletoe, Phoradendron serotinum ssp. tomentosum, for 0.01 miles
0.72l(San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrush, Ericameria nauseosa var. bernardina)
0.73Leave dense continuous forest; forest now interspersed with sunny open areas
0.77b62interior live oakQuercus wislizeni var. frutescens30 / 5
0.79l63*downy bromeBromus tectorum99 / 9
0.80l(oracle oak, Quercus Xmorehus)
0.82b64small fescueFestuca microstachys40 / 3
0.82l65pine dwarf-mistletoeArceuthobium campylopodum2 / 2
0.82l66white-margined oxythecaSidotheca emarginata99 / 2
0.83l(southern honeysuckle, Lonicera subspicata var. denudata)
0.84b67California elegant rock-cressBoechera californica20 / 5
0.84r68southern honeysuckleLonicera subspicata var. denudata2 / 2
0.85l69whisker-brushLeptosiphon ciliatus99 / 9
The following species was found farther along the trail, but without a precise location
?70sticky lessingiaLessingia glandulifera var. glandulifera1 / 1
0.87l(California cliff-brake, Pellaea mucronata var. californica)
0.9071silky lotusAcmispon heermannii var. heermannii2 / 1
0.91l72Davidson's buckwheatEriogonum davidsonii99 / 1
0.92l73hybrid manzanitaArctostaphylos patula X A. pringlei ssp. drupacea1 / 1
0.92Cross drainage
0.93l74little prince's pineChimaphila menziesii19 / 2
0.97Switchback left at ridge; elevation ~6100 feet (1859 m)
0.99Cross moist drainage from Tahquitz Peak which was scoured nearly clean of vegetation and covered in white sand/gravel in summer 2008 from a thunderstorm. Three lemon lilies, Lilium parryi, are up that drainage, not visible from the trail, along with subarctic lady-fern, Athyrium filix-femina var. cyclosorum
0.99l(western columbine, Aquilegia formosadead )
1.03b75spreading dogbaneApocynum androsaemifolium99 / 2
1.06Trail levels off; elevation ~6080 feet (1853 m)
1.15r76pine cryptanthaCryptantha simulans50 / 9
1.18l77blue dicksDichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum20 / 4
1.18Cross dry drainage
1.18l78volcanic giliaGilia ochroleuca ssp. exilis99 / 9
1.18l79annual phloxMicrosteris gracilis99 / 4
1.18l80diamond-petaled clarkiaClarkia rhomboidea99 / 9
1.20l81red-stemmed miner's lettuceClaytonia rubra ssp. rubra99 / 5
1.21r(woodland star, Lithophragma affine)
1.21r82California thistleCirsium occidentale var. californicum3 / 1
1.2283oracle oakQuercus Xmorehus2 / 2
1.22lfield of plain mariposa lily, Calochortus invenustus
1.22l84spear-leaved mountain dandelionAgoseris retrorsa50 / 9
1.22b85*garden trumpet daffodilNarcissus hybrid99 / 1
1.23r(Large water tank)
1.23l86incense-cedar mistletoePhoradendron juniperinum1 / 1
1.23r87imbricate phaceliaPhacelia imbricata var. patula75 / 1
1.31b88brackenPteridium aquilinum var. pubescens20 / 2
1.31Cross moist drainage coming from base of upper switchbacks on South Ridge Trail; minor local low point; elevation ~6080 feet (1853 m)
1.31b89Parish's burning bushEuonymus occidentalis var. parishii16 / 1
1.31b90sticky cinquefoilDrymocallis glandulosa var. viscida99 / 4
1.31l91Parish's lupineLupinus latifolius var. parishii40 / 3
1.31r92western columbineAquilegia formosa3 / 3
1.31r(California wild rose, Rosa californica)
1.35r93musk monkeyflowerMimulus moschatus20 / 1
1.35l(Durango root, Datisca glomerata in distance)
1.35l94California coffeeberryFrangula californica1 / 1
1.35Cross moist drainage coming from small saddle / level section of South Ridge Trail at 7600 feet elevation on that trail.
1.35r95~common monkeyflowerMimulus guttatus1 / 1
1.35r96floriferous monkeyflowerMimulus floribundus20 / 1
1.35r(fragile sheath sedge, Carex fracta)
1.3997woodland starLithophragma affine75 / 5
1.41b98spreading larkspurDelphinium patens ssp. montanum10 / 1
1.42Minor local high point; elevation ~6100 feet (1859 m)
1.42r99clustered broomrapeOrobanche fasciculatadead1 / 1
1.46l100Parish' Jacumba milk-vetchAstragalus douglasii var. parishii10 / 4
1.46l101scattered blazing starMentzelia dispersa10 / 1
1.48l102*prickly sow thistleSonchus asper ssp. asper1 / 1
1.50Cross small dry drainage; elevation 6000 feet (1829 m)
1.62l103birch-leaf mountain-mahoganyCercocarpus betuloides var. betuloides1 / 1
1.66rJct. steep path down to road below with deep roadcut
1.66l(rock goldenbush, Ericameria cuneata var. cuneata in distance)
1.67l104rock goldenbushEricameria cuneata var. cuneata2 / 1
1.73Cross drainage
1.73l105Scouler's willowSalix scouleriana1 / 1
1.82l106goldenstarBloomeria crocea10 / 2
1.88l(mountain piperia, Piperia transversa)
1.89l107California chicoryRafinesquia californica2 / 2
1.91l108mountain piperiaPiperia transversa20 / 2
1.94l109fragile sheath sedgeCarex fracta2 / 2
1.94r110California wild roseRosa californica12 / 1
1.94Cross moist drainage; elevation 5800 feet (1768 m). There are lemon lilies, Lilium parryi, downstream in this drainage, not visible from the trail
2.00l(way off-trail: Mexican manzanita, Arctostaphylos pungens)
2.07l111southern Chinese housesCollinsia concolor99 / 1
2.08r112blue wildryeElymus glaucus2 / 1
2.10r(stream orchid, Epipactis gigantea, not visible from the trail, at seep halfway down to Tahquitz View Drive, the road below the trail)
2.11r113curve-flowered skullcapScutellaria siphocampyloides50 / 1
2.17Cross dry drainage below spring just north of South Ridge Spring
2.17r114*garden pyracanthaPyracantha coccinea1 / 1
2.17b115Durango rootDatisca glomerata10 / 2
2.25l116leafless wintergreenPyrola aphylla1 / 1
2.29End trail at Tahquitz View Drive 0.9 miles north of the turnoff to the South Ridge Trailhead; elevation 5720 feet (1743 m); return the way you came
Species only found off-trail
0.72117San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrushEricameria nauseosa var. bernardina1 / 1
0.87118California cliff-brakePellaea mucronata var. californica1 / 1
0.99119lemon lilyLilium parryi3 / 1
0.99120subarctic lady-fernAthyrium filix-femina var. cyclosorum2 / 1
2.00121Mexican manzanitaArctostaphylos pungens1 / 1
2.10122stream orchidEpipactis gigantea99 / 1
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Updated 20 June 2018.