Plant Guide to PCT: Saddle Junction to Wellman Divide, San Jacinto Mountains

MileS#id?Common NameLatin Name#here
0.00Begin trail heading north at Saddle Junction, elevation 8075 feet (2460 m); trail is in deep sand for 0.07 mile
0.00b1Jeffrey pinePinus jeffreyi99 / 9
0.01b2white firAbies concolor99 / 9
0.01rSign on tree: "Round Valley; San Jacinto Peak (both straight ahead)"
0.01lPCT post
0.02b3Parish's snowberrySymphoricarpos rotundifolius var. parishii99 / 9
0.02r4pussy pawsCalyptridium monospermum2 / 1
0.02r5San Gabriel beardtonguePenstemon labrosus5 / 1
0.03l6wax currantRibes cereum var. cereum10 / 5
0.03b7green-leaf manzanitaArctostaphylos patula99 / 9
0.05b8bitter cherryPrunus emarginata99 / 9
0.06b9mountain whitethornCeanothus cordulatus99 / 9
0.08r10changeable phaceliaPhacelia mutabilis20 / 4
0.08b11brackenPteridium aquilinum var. pubescens99 / 9
0.08Trails turns left 90°.
0.08l(slender wheatgrass, Elymus trachycaulus+)
0.08l12pinegrove groundsmokeGayophytum oligospermum20 / 3
0.08r(spotted coralroot, Corallorhiza maculata; pinedrops, Pterospora andromedea)
0.13l13Grinnell's beardtonguePenstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii3 / 2
0.13r14California groundconeBoschniakia strobilacea20 / 4
0.14b15bush chinquapinChrysolepis sempervirens99 / 9
0.14lPCT post
0.14Trails turns right 90°.
0.14Trail covered with deep sand for 0.05 mi.
0.16r16pinedropsPterospora andromedea3 / 2
0.20r(sugar pine, Pinus lambertiana)
0.23Switchback left.
0.27Switchback right.
0.30r17sugar pinePinus lambertiana99 / 9
0.30Trail curves left 90° at ridge.
0.31r18canyon live oakQuercus chrysolepis3 / 3
0.32Switchback left.
0.33r19San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrushChrysothamnus nauseosus ssp. bernardinus50 / 9
0.36Switchback right.
0.42Switchback left.
0.45Switchback right.
0.46r20Fremont silk tasselGarrya fremontii20 / 9
0.53l21short-flowered monardellaMonardella nana ssp. tenuiflora10 / 1
0.54l22Sierra gooseberryRibes roezlii var. roezlii1 / 1
0.56Trail curves left 45° at ridge
0.63Switchback left.
0.64Switchback right.
0.67r23San Jacinto Mts. keckiellaKeckiella rothrockii var. jacintensis99 / 9
0.67r24Martin's paintbrushCastilleja applegatei ssp. martinii1 / 1
0.69Switchback left.
0.82r25California fuchsiaEpilobium canum50 / 5
0.82Switchback right.
0.85Switchback left.
0.88Switchback right.
0.88r26goldenrodSolidago californica10 / 1
0.89Switchback left.
0.94Switchback right.
0.99Switchback left.
1.02Switchback right.
1.04lDead tree "holding up" a boulder with a chin.
1.06Trail makes a small jag to right and back
1.07rDesert view
1.07Switchback left.
1.11b27fragile sheath sedgeCarex fracta30 / 5
1.11r28long-anthered rushJuncus macrandrus40 / 4
1.11r29~Idaho bentgrassAgrostis idahoensis99 / 3
1.11l30forest goosefootChenopodium atrovirens20 / 2
1.12Switchback right.
1.14Switchback left.
1.16r31prickly hawkweedHieracium horridum2 / 1
1.16r32mountain sprayHolodiscus microphyllus var. microphyllus2 / 1
1.17r33granite prickly phloxLeptodactylon pungens2 / 1
1.18Trail zigzags
1.18Switchback right
1.18l34Parish's campionSilene parishii1 / 1
1.22l35?limber pinePinus flexilis50 / 9
1.22r36little-leaf mock orangePhiladelphus microphyllus1 / 1
1.22Switchback left.
1.23l37lodgepole pinePinus contorta ssp. murrayana50 / 9
1.24lTrail turns right 90° then left 90°
1.26Trail turns right 90°, then left 90°.
1.28lPCT post; then trail zig-zags left-right and up and down
1.32Cross near top of drainage to right, a branch of Willow Creek, and trail turns right 90°
l38pine lousewortPedicularis semibarbata3 / 2
1.44Switchback left.
1.46Trail curves right; local high point on trail at elevation ~8960 feet (2730 m); trail now descends.
1.46r(limber pine, Pinus flexilis)
1.49r39little prince's pineChimaphila menziesii1 / 1
1.50l(San Jacinto lupine, Lupinus hyacinthinus)
1.50Cross near top of drainage to right; local low point.
1.54Local high point on trail; then small up and down quickly, and then sustained downhill
1.60Trail makes broad curve left at ridge
1.64b40San Jacinto lupineLupinus hyacinthinus20 / 5
1.71Local low point on trail at elevation ~8880 feet (2705 m); trail resumes its ascent.
1.74l41white catch-flySilene verecunda ssp. platyota2 / 1
1.74l42western wallflowerErysimum capitatum ssp. capitatum20 / 2
1.82rPCT post.
1.87Cross very small drainage to right
1.89rPCT post.
1.90lJct. trail to Strawberry Junction at elevation ~8970 feet (2735 m). Sign: "(left) 1 mi Strawberry Cienega; (left) 2.3 mi Deer Springs Trail; (right) Wellmans Jct 1.3 mi; (right) Round Valley 2.3 mi; (right) San Jacinto Peak 3.5 mi; (back) 1.8 mi Saddle Junction; (back) 4.3 mi Humber Park; (back) 7.3 mi Idyllwild". Stay right and continue to Wellmans Jct.
1.91lSign: "Entering Mt. San Jacinto State Park Wilderness…"
2.11Leave dense shade; enter chinquapin-dominated area with scattered trees
2.13b43southern mountain-monardellaMonardella australis20 / 3
2.19Enter Wellman Cienega
2.19b44ranger's buttonsSphenosciadium capitellatum10 / 2
2.19b45Nevada cinquefoilPotentilla glandulosa ssp. nevadensis /
2.19l46spmystery sedgeCarex sp. /
2.19b47California corn lilyVeratrum californicum var. californicum /
2.19l48larger mountain monkeyflowerMimulus tilingii /
2.19l49musk monkeyflowerMimulus moschatus /
2.19l50few-flowered cloverTrifolium monanthum var. grantianum /
2.19r51yarrowAchillea millefolium /
2.19l52sspwillowherbEpilobium ciliatum ssp. ciliatum /
2.19r53spsedgeCarex sp. /
2.21l54rush blue grassPoa secunda ssp. juncifolia /
2.21l55groundsmokeGayophytum diffusum ssp. parviflorum /
2.21l56plain mariposa lilyCalochortus invenustus /
2.21l57California bromeBromus carinatus var. carinatus /
2.21l58splupineLupinus sp. /
2.21l59slender hairgrassDeschampsia elongata /
2.21b60Cleveland's horkeliaHorkelia clevelandii /
2.22l61Sierra Nevada lotusLotus nevadensis var. nevadensis /
2.23b62willow-leaved dockRumex salicifolius var. salicifolius /
2.24c63mat muhlyMuhlenbergia richardsonis /
2.25r64blue wildryeElymus glaucus ssp. glaucus /
2.29l65Fremont's goosefootChenopodium fremontii /
2.29r66swamp sedgeCarex senta /
2.29l67glaucus willowherbEpilobium glaberrimum ssp. glaberrimum /
2.30r(mountain timothy, Phleum alpinum; western cow-bane, Oxypolis occidentalis)
2.30r68blue-eyed grassSisyrinchium bellum /
2.30r69Anderson's oreastrum-asterAster alpigenus var. andersonii /
2.30r70wide-leaved Parish's yampahPerideridia parishii ssp. latifolia /
2.30b71California geraniumGeranium californicum /
2.33Leave first portion of meadow
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Updated 31 August 2006 (page updated 10 August 2016 to include rest of 8/28/06 updates).