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

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MileS#id?Common NameLatin Name#here#all
0.00   Begin guide at jct. with Little Tahquitz Trail, just south of Little Tahquitz Meadow; elevation ~8140 feet (2481 m)
0.00r  Sign: "PCT (ahead); Tahquitz Valley (left); Tahquitz Peak (right)"
0.00b1 white firAbies concolor99 / 924
0.00r2 San Jacinto Mts. keckiellaKeckiella rothrockii var. jacintensis99 / 96
0.00r3 pine lousewortPedicularis semibarbata99 / 913
0.00b4 changeable phaceliaPhacelia mutabilis30 / 98
0.00l5 sugar pinePinus lambertiana50 / 917
0.00l  (spotted coralroot, Corallorhiza maculata)
0.01b6 Parish's snowberrySymphoricarpos rotundifolius var. parishii50 / 912
0.01l7~dead pinegrove groundsmokeGayophytum oligospermum99 / 5 
0.01l  (southern mountain-monardella, Monardella australis; Jeffrey pine, Pinus jeffreyi)
0.02l8 bush chinquapinChrysolepis sempervirens50 / 912
0.02l9 Jeffrey pinePinus jeffreyi50 / 926
0.03   Trail curves right at ridge
0.03l  (ranger's buttons, Sphenosciadium capitellatum)
0.03l10 Scouler's willowSalix scouleriana1 / 18
0.03l  (western columbine, Aquilegia formosa; tall mannagrass, Glyceria elata)
0.03r  (white catch-fly, Silene verecunda ssp. platyota)
0.08   Trail turns left to cross south fork of Tahquitz Creek
0.08l  (wax currant, Ribes cereum var. cereum; brittle bladder fern, Cystopteris fragilis)
0.08l11 Idaho bentgrassAgrostis idahoensis5 / 17
0.08b12 fragile sheath sedgeCarex fracta10 / 111
0.08b13 larger mountain monkeyflowerMimulus tilingii20 / 19
0.08   Cross Creek
0.08r  (bigleaf lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus var. burkei; musk monkeyflower, Mimulus moschatus; small white violet, Viola macloskeyi)
0.08l14 ranger's buttonsSphenosciadium capitellatum1 / 17
0.08r  (swamp sedge, Carex senta)
0.09l15 wax currantRibes cereum var. cereum20 / 915
0.09r16~San Gabriel beardtonguePenstemon labrosus10 / 310
0.10r17 Ross' sedgeCarex rossii5 / 3 
0.13   Trail turns left at drainage
0.13r  (mountain pink currant, Ribes nevadense)
0.21r  (little prince's pine, Chimaphila menziesii)
0.22r18 western wallflowerErysimum capitatum ssp. capitatum40 / 423
0.22   Cross drainage
0.23r19~Cascade onionAllium cratericola99 / 9 
0.23r20 southern mountain-monardellaMonardella australis10 / 311
0.23r  definite San Gabriel beardtonguePenstemon labrosus /  
0.27b21 limber pinePinus flexilis30 / 99
0.28r22 little prince's pineChimaphila menziesii8 / 25
0.29r  Check for different small Carex
0.29b23 lodgepole pinePinus contorta ssp. murrayana10 / 59
0.29   Cross drainage
0.29r24 Suksdorf's monkeyflowerMimulus suksdorfii50 / 1 
0.29r25 San Jacinto buckwheatEriogonum apiculatum20 / 3 
0.30b26 naked buckwheatEriogonum nudum var. pauciflorum99 / 97
0.30e27 Brewer's monkeyflowerMimulus breweri50 / 1 
0.32r  (pussy paws, Calyptridium monospermum)
0.33l  (green-leaf manzanita, Arctostaphylos patula)
0.33   Trail turns right at ridge
0.34r28 Sierra Nevada lotusLotus nevadensis var. nevadensis2 / 29
0.34r29 broad-seeded rock-cressArabis platysperma5 / 2 
0.38   Cross small drainage
0.40   Cross small drainage
0.43r30 San Jacinto lupineLupinus hyacinthinus20 / 97
0.47   Cross ridge with view rock to left
0.50b31 pussy pawsCalyptridium monospermum20 / 18
0.50l32 western needlegrassAchnatherum occidentale ssp. occidentale5 / 22
0.53r  Sierra mousetail, Ivesia santolinoides
0.56l33 mountain mugwortArtemisia ludoviciana ssp. incompta30 / 31
0.56r  (squirreltail, Elymus elymoides)
0.56r34spdifferent grassPoaceae sp. /  
0.57   Cross small drainage
0.60   Trail curves right at ridge
0.62   Trail curves left at drainage
0.63r35 green-leaf manzanitaArctostaphylos patula30 / 917
0.64r36 Watson's spike-mossSelaginella watsonii3 / 15
0.71   Cross small drainage
0.76   Trail turns left and then curves right
0.77 37 forest goosefootChenopodium atrovirens5 / 1 
0.78r  Jct. use trail to Red Tahquitz; elevation 8320' (2536 m)
0.80l  (Saddle and view rock beyond)
0.81l  (mountain whitethorn, Ceanothus cordulatus)
0.82   First of many minor local high points
0.84   Cross small drainage
0.89   Cross small drainage
0.90   Cross small drainage
1.14r  Land of big boulders
1.19l  (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)
1.20r  First glimpse of top of rock wall that we'll round later
1.20   Cross small saddle
1.21l38 pinedropsPterospora andromedea1 / 111
1.21   Cross small drainage
1.32r  (~10 plants of San Jacinto prickly phlox, Leptodactylon jaegeri)
1.33r39 pinewoods rock-cress"Arabis holboellii"10 / 38
1.35   Minor local high point at saddle at head of Andreas Canyon; elevation 8360' (2548 m)
1.41   View down Andreas Canyon and first view of desert as trail curves right
1.46r40 canyon live oakQuercus chrysolepis99 / 930
1.49r41 shaggy-haired alumrootHeuchera hirsutissima30 / 53
1.52r42 Grinnell's beardtonguePenstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii30 / 920
1.53   First view of Santa Rosa Mountains and Desert Divide
1.54l43 mountain whitethornCeanothus cordulatus30 / 920
1.55r44 California-asterLessingia filaginifolia var. filaginifolia20 / 360
1.59   Enter lush area due to extra water draining from rocks above
1.59r45 Parish's campionSilene parishii10 / 57
1.59r  (curl-leaf mountain-mahogany, Cercocarpus ledifolius)
1.60b46 brackenPteridium aquilinum var. pubescens50 / 416
1.60r  First full view of Red Tahquitz
1.61r47 California coffeeberryRhamnus californica20 / 95
1.61r48 San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrushChrysothamnus nauseosus ssp. bernardinus50 / 920
1.62r49 curl-leaf mountain-mahoganyCercocarpus ledifolius /  
1.62r50 pink-bracted manzanitaArctostaphylos pringlei ssp. drupacea20 / 56
1.63r51 California fuchsiaEpilobium canum50 / 921
1.63r52 goldenrodSolidago californica50 / 944
1.66r  (beautiful hulsea, Hulsea vestita ssp. callicarpha)
1.67   Switchback left; elevation 8320' (2536 m)
1.69r53 San Jacinto Mtns. bedstrawGalium angustifolium ssp. jacinticum99 / 76
1.69l54 short-flowered monardellaMonardella nana ssp. tenuiflora /  
1.70l  (California cliff-brake, Pellaea mucronata var. californica; prickly hawkweed, Hieracium horridum)
1.72l55 California cliff-brakePellaea mucronata var. californica20 / 73
1.73l56 Martin's paintbrushCastilleja applegatei ssp. martinii10 / 318
1.74l57?Trisetum sp.?
1.75l58 woodland spurge (gone in 2011)Euphorbia palmeri3 / 25
1.77r59 hybrid manzanitaArctostaphylos patula X A. pringlei ssp. drupacea1 / 14
1.78l60 Wright's buckwheatEriogonum wrightii var. subscaposum30 / 918
1.79   Switchback right near saddle
1.81r61 slender wheatgrassElymus trachycaulus10 / 25
1.82r62 golden yarrowEriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum99 / 964
1.82r  (slender everlasting, Gnaphalium canescens ssp. thermale)
1.85r63 beautiful hulseaHulsea vestita ssp. callicarpha10 / 28
1.86r64 prickly hawkweedHieracium horridum1 / 1 
1.86l65~Parish's goldenbushEricameria parishii var. parishii10 / 34
1.87r ?(like sonchus)
1.87r66 bluish spike-mossSelaginella asprella5 / 2 
1.95r  Unusual bird's foot fern with three kinds of leaves
1.98r67 Sierra gooseberryRibes roezlii var. roezlii10 / 4 
2.05l  First live plant of woodland spurge, Euphorbia palmeri, in 2011
2.08l  (rose sage, Salvia pachyphylla)
2.09r68 sticky cinquefoilPotentilla glandulosa ssp. reflexa20 / 2 
2.14r69 granite prickly phloxLeptodactylon pungens30 / 9 
2.15b70 rose sageSalvia pachyphylla40 / 9 
2.15r71 Parish's needlegrassAchnatherum parishii20 / 5 
2.15r  (canyon dudleya, Dudleya cymosa ssp. pumila; dusky onion, Allium campanulatum)
2.20r72 Parish's bedstrawGalium parishii30 / 9 
2.21r73 rock goldenbushEricameria cuneata var. cuneata20 / 9 
2.24r74 *downy bromeBromus tectorum99 / 9 
2.27r75 rock buckwheatEriogonum saxatile10 / 2 
2.27r76 slender everlastingGnaphalium canescens ssp. thermale3 / 3 
2.28r77 canyon dudleyaDudleya cymosa ssp. pumila5 / 2 
2.28r ?(Poa secunda?)
2.29r78 chaparral whitethornCeanothus leucodermis5 / 5 
2.31r79 California bee plantScrophularia californica ssp. floribunda10 / 3 
  80 purple nightshadeSolanum xanti /  
2.34   Switchback right on ridge
2.35r81 bush monkeyflowerMimulus aurantiacus5 / 2 
2.43r82 Wright's buckwheatEriogonum wrightii var. membranaceum20 / 3 
2.52   Saddle below Red Tahquitz; elevation 7840' (2390 m)
2.53l83 blue elderberrySambucus mexicana10 / 9 
2.53l84 Fremont's goosefootChenopodium fremontii20 / 1 
2.54r85~California brickellbushBrickellia californica10 / 3 
2.54r86spwhite-bark raspberry?Rubus leucodermis?5 / 2 
2.56r87sppenstemonPenstemon sp. /  
2.65   Saddle #2 below Red Tahquitz
2.67r88spCalifornia thistle?Cirsium occidentale var. californicum?1 / 1 
2.67b89 bristly bird's beakCordylanthus rigidus ssp. setigerus50 / 9 
2.74r90spMojave lomatium?Lomatium mohavense? /  
2.75   Cross Saddle #3 (below 7900' peak) to west side of Desert Divide; elevation ~7750' (2362 m)
2.76   Switchback right
2.80   Switchback left
2.88   Local high point; elevation ~7600' (2316 m)
2.88   End current trail guide

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