Plant Guide to PCT From Little Tahquitz Trail to Zen Trail, San Jacinto Mountains

This is a working list, about which we make no guarantees at all until we officially release it. Use at your own risk!

Introduction and Explanation of Plant Trail Guides

Highlights of This Trail
Fieldwork Dates and Summary of List Changes With Time
The Plant Guide
Comments On Specific Species


Highlights of This Trail

The botanical highlights of this trail are:

Number of Unique Taxa On This Trail

The following histogram gives the number of trails in our database that contain each taxon on this trail. We had 93 trails in our database when this histogram was made; 5 of those trails, including this one, are in this area of San Jacinto Mountain. A number of "1" means the taxon has only been found on this trail among the trails in our database; numbers of "5" or smaller may indicate taxa found only in this area of San Jacinto Mountain.

Number of Trails
Containing A Taxon
Number Of Taxa
On This Trail
% of Taxa
On This Trail
Total Taxa100%

We found x additional species not in the above table, since they have not been identified yet. The unidentified ones are marked with ? or sp in the id? column in the guide, and have no entries in the #all column.

Fieldwork Dates and Summary of List Changes With Time

The following table gives the dates the trail was walked and taxa recorded. After each visit, the table gives the total number of taxa on the list and the breakdown of the taxa without positive identification. See Explanation of Plant Trail Guides to understand the symbols below.

Visit DateVisit ## taxa# "?"# "sp"# "~"# "ssp"

The Plant Guide

This guide places all species "on trail", except for ones not easily seen from the trail, up to mile 0.75.

See also Plant List in Traditional Family Order.

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MileS#id?Common NameLatin Name#Pls
0.00Begin guide at jct. with Little Tahquitz Trail, just south of Little Tahquitz Meadow; elevation ~8140 feet (2481 m).
0.00rSign: "PCT (ahead); Tahquitz Valley (left); Tahquitz Peak (right)"
0.00b1white firAbies concolor99 / 9
0.00r2San Jacinto Mts. keckiellaKeckiella rothrockii var. jacintensis99 / 9
0.00r3groundsmokeGayophytum diffusum ssp. parviflorum3 / 1
0.00r4pine lousewortPedicularis semibarbata99 / 9
0.00b5changeable phaceliaPhacelia mutabilis50 / 9
0.00l6sugar pinePinus lambertiana50 / 9
0.00l7spotted coralrootCorallorhiza maculata3 / 2
0.01b8Parish's snowberrySymphoricarpos rotundifolius var. parishii50 / 9
0.01l9Jeffrey pinePinus jeffreyi50 / 9
0.01l10southern mountain-monardellaMonardella australis10 / 3
0.01l11Parry's sand cressCalyptridium parryi var. parryi50 / 2
0.02l12bush chinquapinChrysolepis sempervirens50 / 9
0.04Trail curves right at ridge
0.04l13Scouler's willowSalix scouleriana1 / 1
0.04r14white catch-flySilene verecunda ssp. platyota99 / 9
0.07Trail turns left to cross south fork of Tahquitz Creek
0.07Cross Creek
The following species are in or near this fork of Tahquitz Creek within ~30 feet, given in alphabetical order by Scientific Name
0.07l15Idaho bentgrassAgrostis idahoensis5 / 1
0.07b16purple false-giliaAllophyllum divaricatum99 / 4
0.07b17western columbineAquilegia formosa30 / 1
0.07r18subarctic lady-fernAthyrium filix-femina var. cyclosorum1 / 1
0.07b19abrupt-beak sedgeCarex abrupta5 / 1
0.07b20fragile sheath sedgeCarex fracta10 / 1
0.07b21vari-nerved sedgeCarex heteroneura20 / 1
0.07r22mountain whitethornCeanothus cordulatus30 / 9
0.07l23Fremont's goosefootChenopodium fremontii30 / 2
0.07l24brittle bladder fernCystopteris fragilis1 / 1
0.07b25tall mannagrassGlyceria elata99 / 1
0.07r26bigleaf lupineLupinus polyphyllus var. burkei5 / 1
0.07l27Brewer's monkeyflowerMimulus breweri99 / 4
0.07b28musk monkeyflowerMimulus moschatus50 / 1
0.07b29false monkeyflowerMimulus pilosus99 / 2
0.07b30larger mountain monkeyflowerMimulus tilingii20 / 1
0.07r31Nevada cinquefoilPotentilla glandulosa ssp. nevadensis5 / 1
0.07r32wax currantRibes cereum var. cereum20 / 9
0.07b33ranger's buttonsSphenosciadium capitellatum10 / 1
0.07r34small white violetViola macloskeyi1 / 1
Back on trail
0.09r35beaked penstemonPenstemon rostriflorus30 / 5
0.09r36Ross' sedgeCarex rossii5 / 3
0.12Trail turns left at drainage
0.12r37mountain pink currantRibes nevadense2 / 1
0.1538San Jacinto lupineLupinus hyacinthinus20 / 9
0.18r39~pinegrove groundsmokeGayophytum oligospermum99 / 9
0.20r40little prince's pineChimaphila menziesii8 / 2
0.21r41western wallflowerErysimum capitatum ssp. capitatum40 / 4
0.21Cross drainage
0.22r42Burlew's onionAllium burlewii99 / 9
0.22r43Suksdorf's monkeyflowerMimulus suksdorfii99 / 4
0.24b44western needlegrassAchnatherum occidentale ssp. occidentale10 / 3
0.26b45limber pinePinus flexilis30 / 9
0.28b46lodgepole pinePinus contorta ssp. murrayana10 / 5
0.28Cross drainage
0.28b47San Jacinto buckwheatEriogonum apiculatum99 / 4
0.29b48naked buckwheatEriogonum nudum var. pauciflorum99 / 9
0.31r49pussy pawsCalyptridium monospermum99 / 2
0.32l50green-leaf manzanitaArctostaphylos patula30 / 9
0.32Trail turns right at ridge
0.33r51Sierra Nevada lotusLotus nevadensis var. nevadensis4 / 2
0.33r52broad-seeded rock-cressArabis platysperma5 / 2
0.35r53pinewoods rock-cress"Arabis holboellii"10 / 4
0.37Cross small drainage
0.39Cross small drainage
0.42r54snow-plantSarcodes sanguinea5 / 1
0.46Cross ridge with view rock to left
0.52r55Sierra mousetailIvesia santolinoides /
0.55l56mountain mugwortArtemisia ludoviciana ssp. incompta30 / 3
0.55r57squirreltailElymus elymoides40 / 3
0.56Cross small drainage
0.59Trail curves right at ridge
0.61Trail curves left at drainage
0.62r58rush blue grassPoa secunda ssp. juncifolia20 / 1
0.63r59Watson's spike-mossSelaginella watsonii3 / 1
0.64r60forest mariposa lilyCalochortus invenustus4 / 2
0.70Cross small drainage
0.76l61forest goosefootChenopodium atrovirens5 / 1
0.77rJct. use trail to Red Tahquitz; elevation 8320' (2536 m)
0.79l(Saddle and view rock beyond)
0.80l(mountain whitethorn, Ceanothus cordulatus)
0.81First of many minor local high points
0.83Cross several very small drainages
0.88Cross small drainage
0.89Cross small drainage
1.13rLand of big boulders
1.18l(rose sage, Salvia pachyphylla; San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrush, Chrysothamnus nauseosus ssp. bernardinus; Wright's buckwheat, Eriogonum wrightii var. subscaposum; goldenrod, Solidago californica; granite prickly phlox, Leptodactylon pungens; Martin's paintbrush, Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii)
1.19rFirst glimpse of top of rock wall that we'll round later
1.20l62pinedropsPterospora andromedea1 / 1
1.20Cross small drainage
1.31r(~10 plants of San Jacinto prickly phlox, Leptodactylon jaegeri)
1.34Minor local high point at saddle at head of Andreas Canyon; elevation 8360' (2548 m)
1.40View down Andreas Canyon and first view of desert as trail curves right
1.45b63canyon live oakQuercus chrysolepis99 / 9
1.48r64shaggy-haired alumrootHeuchera hirsutissima30 / 5
1.51r65Grinnell's beardtonguePenstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii30 / 9
1.52First view of Santa Rosa Mountains and Desert Divide
1.54r66California-asterLessingia filaginifolia var. filaginifolia20 / 3
1.55b67Wright's buckwheatEriogonum wrightii var. subscaposum30 / 9
1.58Enter lush area due to extra water draining from rocks above
1.58r68Parish's campionSilene parishii10 / 5
1.58r(curl-leaf mountain-mahogany, Cercocarpus ledifolius)
1.59b69brackenPteridium aquilinum var. pubescens50 / 4
1.59rFirst full view of Red Tahquitz
1.60r70California coffeeberryRhamnus californica20 / 9
1.60r71San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrushChrysothamnus nauseosus ssp. bernardinus50 / 9
1.61r72curl-leaf mountain-mahoganyCercocarpus ledifolius /
1.61r73pink-bracted manzanitaArctostaphylos pringlei ssp. drupacea20 / 5
1.62r74mountain California-fuchsiaEpilobium canum ssp. latifolium50 / 9
1.62r75goldenrodSolidago californica50 / 9
1.62r76beautiful hulseaHulsea vestita ssp. callicarpha10 / 2
1.62l77(San Jacinto Mtns. Bedstraw, Galium angustifolium ssp. jacinticum)
1.62r78short-flowered monardellaMonardella nana ssp. tenuiflora /
1.66Switchback left; elevation 8320' (2536 m)
1.68r79San Jacinto Mtns. bedstrawGalium angustifolium ssp. jacinticum99 / 7
1.69l(California cliff-brake, Pellaea mucronata var. californica; prickly hawkweed, Hieracium horridum)
1.71l80California cliff-brakePellaea mucronata var. californica20 / 7
1.72l81Martin's paintbrushCastilleja applegatei ssp. martinii10 / 3
1.72r82granite prickly phloxLeptodactylon pungens30 / 9
1.73l83?Trisetum sp.?
1.74l84woodland spurgeEuphorbia palmeri3 / 2
1.76r85hybrid manzanitaArctostaphylos patula X A. pringlei ssp. drupacea1 / 1
1.78Switchback right near saddle
1.80r86slender wheatgrassElymus trachycaulus10 / 2
1.81r87golden yarrowEriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum99 / 9
1.81r(slender everlasting, Gnaphalium canescens ssp. thermale)
1.85r88prickly hawkweedHieracium horridum1 / 1
1.85l89~Parish's goldenbushEricameria parishii var. parishii10 / 3
1.86r?(like sonchus)
1.86r90bluish spike-mossSelaginella asprella5 / 2
1.94rUnusual bird's foot fern with three kinds of leaves
1.95r91Sierra gooseberryRibes roezlii var. roezlii10 / 4
2.07l(rose sage, Salvia pachyphylla)
2.08r92sticky cinquefoilPotentilla glandulosa ssp. reflexa20 / 2
2.14b93rose sageSalvia pachyphylla40 / 9
2.14r94Parish's needlegrassAchnatherum parishii20 / 5
2.14r(canyon dudleya, Dudleya cymosa ssp. pumila; dusky onion, Allium campanulatum)
2.21r95Parish's bedstrawGalium parishii30 / 9
2.22r96rock goldenbushEricameria cuneata var. cuneata20 / 9
2.23r97*downy bromeBromus tectorum99 / 9
2.2998purple nightshadeSolanum xanti /
2.31r99rock buckwheatEriogonum saxatile10 / 2
2.31r100slender everlastingGnaphalium canescens ssp. thermale3 / 3
2.33r101canyon dudleyaDudleya cymosa ssp. pumila5 / 2
2.33r?(Poa secunda?)
2.34r102chaparral whitethornCeanothus leucodermis5 / 5
2.37r103California bee plantScrophularia californica ssp. floribunda10 / 3
2.39Switchback right on ridge
2.40r104bush monkeyflowerMimulus aurantiacus5 / 2
2.48r105Wright's buckwheatEriogonum wrightii var. membranaceum20 / 3
2.57Saddle below Red Tahquitz; elevation 7840' (2390 m)
2.58l106blue elderberrySambucus mexicana10 / 9
2.59r107~California brickellbushBrickellia californica10 / 3
2.59r108spwhite-bark raspberry?Rubus leucodermis?5 / 2
2.61r109sppenstemonPenstemon sp. /
2.70Saddle #2 below Red Tahquitz
2.72r110spCalifornia thistle?Cirsium occidentale var. californicum?1 / 1
2.72b111bristly bird's beakCordylanthus rigidus ssp. setigerus50 / 9
2.79r112spMojave lomatium?Lomatium mohavense? /
2.80Cross Saddle #3 (below 7900' peak) to west side of Desert Divide; elevation ~7750' (2362 m)
2.81Switchback right
2.85Switchback left
2.93Local high point; elevation ~7600' (2316 m)
2.93End current trail guide

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