Plant Guide to Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail, San Jacinto Mountains

MileS#id?Common NameLatin Name#here
0.00rBeginning of trail at Ernie Maxwell sign; 6400 feet (1951 m) elevation.
0.00l(incense-cedar mistletoe, Phoradendron libocedri)
0.00r1incense-cedarCalocedrus decurrens99 / 9
0.00r2ponderosa pinePinus ponderosa50 / 9
0.00r(snow-plant, Sarcodes sanguinea)
0.00b3California black oakQuercus kelloggii99 / 9
0.00r(Sierra Nevada lotus, Lotus nevadensis var. nevadensis)
0.01lJct. shortcut use trail from south end of parking area
0.01r4canyon live oakQuercus chrysolepis99 / 9
0.01l(white fir, Abies concolor)
0.02r(bristly bird's beak, Cordylanthus rigidus ssp. setigerus)
0.02r5Sierra Nevada lotusLotus nevadensis var. nevadensis40 / 9
0.02rJct. use trail to road
0.02r(broad-leaved lotus, Lotus crassifolius var. crassifolius)
0.02b6white firAbies concolor30 / 9
0.02r7fir mistletoePhoradendron pauciflorum1 / 1
0.03r(sugar pine, Pinus lambertiana)
0.06lJct. another shortcut use trail from south end of parking area
0.08r8western azaleaRhododendron occidentale40 / 2
0.08l(pinedrops, Pterospora andromedea)
0.09r9mountain pink currantRibes nevadense50 / 5
0.09b(thimbleberry, Rubus parviflorus)
0.09b10white 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
0.09r11thimbleberryRubus parviflorus20 / 2
0.09l12sugar pinePinus lambertiana40 / 9
0.10r(bracken, Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens)
0.11r13pinedropsPterospora andromedea4 / 1
0.13Trail turns left 90°
0.14b14Grinnell's beardtonguePenstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii10 / 2
0.14l(mountain whitethorn, Ceanothus cordulatus)
0.15r(common bedstraw, Galium aparine)
0.15r15mountain whitethornCeanothus cordulatusdead2 / 2
0.18lJct. “Climber's Trail” to Lily Rock
0.18r(*downy brome, Bromus tectorum)
0.18l16forest sedgeCarex multicaulis20 / 9
0.18l17green miner's lettuceClaytonia parviflora ssp. viridis99 / 2
0.18r18Jones' prickly-nut cryptanthaCryptantha muricata var. jonesii20 / 9
0.19b19common bedstrawGalium aparine5 / 3
0.19b20Laguna Mtns. jewel-flowerStreptanthus bernardinus30 / 2
0.19l21beautiful hulseaHulsea vestita ssp. callicarpha5 / 2
0.19l(western wallflower, Erysimum capitatum ssp. capitatum)
0.24l22Coulter pinePinus coulteri30 / 9
0.24lJct. use trail
0.27l23mountain rock-cressArabis holboellii +20 / 5
0.28l24June grassKoeleria macranthadead99 / 9
0.29lJct. use trail
0.29r(pink-bracted manzanita, Arctostaphylos pringlei ssp. drupacea)
0.29b25San Jacinto buckwheatEriogonum apiculatum50 / 2
0.29b26naked buckwheatEriogonum nudum var. pauciflorum50 / 9
0.29b27squirreltailElymus elymoides50 / 9
0.29l28bristly bird's beakCordylanthus rigidus ssp. setigerus99 / 9
0.29l29spgroundsmokeGayophytum sp.4 / 2
0.29l30mountain red-root cryptanthaCryptantha micrantha var. lepida20 / 5
0.29l31splendid giliaGilia splendens ssp. splendens3 / 1
0.29l32plain mariposa lilyCalochortus invenustus99 / 9
0.30r33Fremont's goosefootChenopodium fremontii2 / 1
0.33Cross very small drainage
0.3334spotted coralrootCorallorhiza maculata15 / 3
0.35Cross very small drainage
0.36b35pink-bracted manzanitaArctostaphylos pringlei ssp. drupacea50 / 9
0.36l36oak mistletoePhoradendron villosum30 / 3
0.36l(southern mountain woolly-star, Eriastrum densifolium ssp. austromontanum)
0.36r37short-flowered monardellaMonardella nana ssp. tenuiflora50 / 9
0.36r?(plant with two leaves that are 2 ternate like sweet-cicely, Osmorhiza sp.)
0.36l38wild sweetpeaLathyrus vestitus var. vestitus99 / 9
0.36l39western wallflowerErysimum capitatum ssp. capitatum20 / 3
0.36b40Wright's buckwheatEriogonum wrightii var. membranaceum40 / 9
0.36l41California-asterLessingia filaginifolia var. filaginifolia40 / 9
0.37b42mountain grape-soda lupineLupinus excubitus var. austromontanus30 / 9
0.37r43Parish's tauschiaTauschia parishiidead30 / 9
0.38b44white catch-flySilene verecunda ssp. platyota40 / 9
0.38r45mountain mugwortArtemisia ludoviciana ssp. incompta10 / 1
0.38r(golden yarrow, Eriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum)
0.41l46Hall's bromeBromus orcuttianus var. hallii10 / 3
0.41l47leafy daisyErigeron foliosus var. foliosus20 / 9
0.41r48American vetchVicia americana var. americana20 / 5
0.42l49goldenrodSolidago californica40 / 5
0.42l50white hawkweedHieracium albiflorum10 / 2
0.44l51golden yarrowEriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum99 / 9
0.44l52Martin's paintbrushCastilleja applegatei ssp. martinii30 / 9
0.45l53slender everlastingGnaphalium canescens ssp. thermaledead3 / 3
0.47l54strigose lotusLotus strigosus30 / 4
0.49Cross small drainage
0.49l55narrowleaf bedstrawGalium angustifolium ssp. angustifolium30 / 9
0.50l56bajada lupineLupinus concinnus ssp. optatus10 / 3
0.50l57southern mountain woolly-starEriastrum densifolium ssp. austromontanum30 / 5
0.50r58snow-plantSarcodes sanguinea1 / 1
0.52l59mountain California-fuchsiaEpilobium canum ssp. latifoliumdead40 / 5
0.60Cross dry drainage from southwest side of Lily Rock
0.65Trail begins to descend more steeply; elevation ~6300 feet (1920 m)
0.67l60Yosemite rockcressArabis repanda var. repandadead30 / 5
0.67rJct. trail probably leading to road just below; stay left
0.71Enter forest of oak mistletoe, Phoradendron villosum, for 0.01 miles
0.72l(San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrush, Chrysothamnus nauseosus ssp. bernardinus)
0.73Leave dense continuous forest; forest now interspersed with sunny open areas
0.77b61interior live oakQuercus wislizeni var. frutescens30 / 5
0.79l62*downy bromeBromus tectorum99 / 9
0.80l(oracle oak, Quercus Xmorehus)
0.82b63small fescueVulpia microstachys20 / 3
0.82l64pine dwarf-mistletoeArceuthobium campylopodum1 / 1
0.82l65white-margined oxythecaOxytheca emarginata10 / 2
0.83l(southern honeysuckle, Lonicera subspicata var. denudata)
0.84b66California elegant rock-cressArabis sparsiflora var. californica20 / 5
0.84r67southern honeysuckleLonicera subspicata var. denudata2 / 2
0.85l68whisker-brushLinanthus ciliatus99 / 9
The following two species were found farther along the trail, but without a precise location
?69hybrid manzanitaArctostaphylos patula X A. pringlei ssp. drupacea1 / 1
?70sticky lessingiaLessingia glandulifera var. glandulifera1 / 1
0.87l(California cliff-brake, Pellaea mucronata var. californica)
0.91l71Davidson's buckwheatEriogonum davidsonii80 / 1
0.92Cross drainage
0.92l72broad-leaved lotusLotus crassifolius var. crassifolius10 / 2
0.93l73little prince's pineChimaphila menziesii10 / 2
0.97Switchback left at ridge; elevation ~6100 feet (1859 m)
0.99Cross moist drainage from Tahquitz Peak
0.99l(western columbine, Aquilegia formosadead )
1.03b74spreading dogbaneApocynum androsaemifolium99 / 2
1.06Trail levels off; elevation ~6080 feet (1853 m)
1.15r75pine cryptanthaCryptantha simulans50 / 9
1.18l76blue dicksDichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum20 / 4
1.18Cross dry drainage
1.18l77volcanic giliaGilia ochroleuca ssp. exilis99 / 9
1.18l78annual phloxPhlox gracilis30 / 4
1.18l79diamond-petaled clarkiaClarkia rhomboidea99 / 9
1.20l80southern miner's lettuceClaytonia perfoliata ssp. mexicana99 / 5
1.21r(SAX woodland star, Lithophragma affine)
1.21r81California thistleCirsium occidentale var. californicum3 / 1
1.2282oracle oakQuercus Xmorehus1 / 1
1.22lfield of plain mariposa lily, Calochortus invenustus
1.22l83spear-leaved mountain dandelionAgoseris retrorsa50 / 9
1.22b84*garden trumpet daffodilNarcissus hybrid99 / 1
1.23r(Large water tank)
1.23l85incense-cedar mistletoePhoradendron libocedri1 / 1
1.23r86imbricate phaceliaPhacelia imbricata ssp. patula75 / 1
1.31b87brackenPteridium aquilinum var. pubescens2 / 1
1.31Cross moist drainage coming from base of upper switchbacks on South Ridge Trail; minor local low point; elevation ~6080 feet (1853 m)
1.31b(Parish's burning bush, Euonymus occidentalis var. parishii; sticky cinquefoil, Potentilla glandulosa ssp. reflexa)
1.31l88Parish's lupineLupinus latifolius var. parishii5 / 3
1.31r89western columbineAquilegia formosa1 / 1
1.31r(California wild rose, Rosa californica)
1.35r90musk monkeyflowerMimulus moschatus20 / 1
1.35l(Durango root, Datisca glomerata in distance)
1.35b91sticky cinquefoilPotentilla glandulosa ssp. reflexa20 / 4
1.35Cross moist drainage coming from small saddle / level section of South Ridge Trail at 7600 feet elevation on that trail. The following two species are found upstream off trail either at this drainage or a nearby one: lemon lily, Lilium parryi; subarctic lady-fern, Athyrium filix-femina var. cyclosorum
1.35r92~common monkeyflowerMimulus guttatus1 / 1
1.35r93floriferous monkeyflowerMimulus floribundus20 / 1
1.35r(fragile sheath sedge, Carex fracta)
1.3994woodland starLithophragma affine75 / 5
1.41r(spreading larkspur, Delphinium patens ssp. montanum)
1.42Minor local high point; elevation ~6100 feet (1859 m)
1.42r95clustered broom-rapeOrobanche fasciculatadead1 / 1
1.46l96Parish' Jacumba milk-vetchAstragalus douglasii var. parishii10 / 4
1.46l97scattered blazing starMentzelia dispersa10 / 1
1.48l98*prickly sow thistleSonchus asper ssp. asper1 / 1
1.50Cross small dry drainage; elevation 6000 feet (1829 m)
1.62l99birch-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)
1.67l100rock goldenbushEricameria cuneata var. cuneata1 / 1
1.73Cross drainage
1.73l(Scouler's willow, Salix scouleriana)
1.82l101goldenstarBloomeria crocea10 / 2
1.88l(mountain piperia, Piperia transversa)
1.89l102California chicoryRafinesquia californica1 / 1
1.91l103mountain piperiaPiperia transversa3 / 2
1.94l104fragile sheath sedgeCarex fracta2 / 2
1.94r105California wild roseRosa californica1 / 1
1.94Cross moist drainage; elevation 5800 feet (1768 m)
2.00l(way off-trail: Mexican manzanita, Arctostaphylos pungens)
2.07l106southern Chinese housesCollinsia concolor50 / 1
2.10r(stream orchid, Epipactis gigantea, at seep halfway down to Tahquitz View Drive, the road below the trail)
2.11r107curve-flowered skullcapScutellaria siphocampyloides30 / 1
2.17Cross dry drainage below spring just north of South Ridge Spring
2.17r(*garden pyracantha, Pyracantha coccinea; Durango root, Datisca glomerata)
2.29End trail at Tahquitz View Drive just north of the turnoff to the South Ridge Trailhead; elevation 5720 feet (1743 m); return the way you came
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Updated 3 June 2017.