Plant Guide to Skyline Trail, San Jacinto Mountains

MileS#id?Common NameLatin Name#here#all
0.00   Begin guide at saddle at edge of Long Valley, elevation ~8420 feet (2565 m)
0.00r1 Jeffrey pinePinus jeffreyi50 / 998
0.00l  (San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrush, Chrysothamnus nauseosus ssp. bernardinus)
0.00r2 white firAbies concolor99 / 9100
0.01l3 San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrushChrysothamnus nauseosus ssp. bernardinus30 / 972
0.01l  (sugar pine, Pinus lambertiana)
0.01   Trail is braided, with many switchbacks, too many to record here.
0.02r4 San Jacinto Mts. keckiellaKeckiella rothrockii var. jacintensis30 / 940
0.03l5 sugar pinePinus lambertiana99 / 974
0.04l  (Grinnell's beardtongue, Penstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii)
0.11r  (canyon live oak, Quercus chrysolepis; Parish's bedstraw, Galium parishii)
0.11r6 little-leaf mock orangePhiladelphus microphyllus20 / 918
 r  (wide-leaved rock goldenbush, Ericameria cuneata var. spathulata)
0.14   View of rock peak we're heading toward
0.16l  (bush chinquapin, Chrysolepis sempervirens)
0.17r7 canyon live oakQuercus chrysolepis99 / 986
0.17   Home of Philadelphus at San Jacinto
0.18l8 Grinnell's beardtonguePenstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii30 / 949
0.19l9 Parish's bedstrawGalium parishii40 / 938
0.20l  (Sign: “Boundary state game refuge”)
0.24l10 mountain sprayHolodiscus microphyllus var. microphyllus5 / 334
0.26l11~little prince's pineChimaphila menziesii1 / 126
0.26   Elevation 8000 feet (2440 m)
0.26l12sp Achnatherum? /  
 l  (fir mistletoe, Phoradendron pauciflorum)
0.27l13sp Monardella sp.10 / 3 
0.28l14 granite prickly phloxLeptodactylon pungens10 / 348
0.28l  (curl-leaf mountain-mahogany, Cercocarpus ledifolius)
0.31l15 curl-leaf mountain-mahoganyCercocarpus ledifolius5 / 325
0.34   Now on ridge; view of tram tower
0.34l sp(Ribes or Acer in distance below trail)
0.34   Trail turns right and leaves ridge. After a few more tight switchbacks, trail has a somewhat level traverse to the southeast. Elevation 7800 feet (2380 m)
0.39   Cross small drainage
0.40l16 fir mistletoePhoradendron pauciflorum10 / 930
0.45l  (Parry's nolina, Nolina parryi; desert Parry manzanita, Arctostaphylos parryana ssp. desertica)
 r  (goldenrod, Solidago californica)
0.51   Cross bigger drainage
0.55r  (mountain California-fuchsia, Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium)
0.58r  (shaggy-haired alumroot, Heuchera hirsutissima)
0.61   Area is similar to the Desert Divide Trail area now
0.65   End somewhat level stretch; elevation 7600 feet (2315 m)
0.68   Cross small drainage
0.69l  (San Jacinto lupine, Lupinus hyacinthinus)
0.69r17 Wright's buckwheatEriogonum wrightii var. subscaposum50 / 943
0.70b18 San Jacinto lupineLupinus hyacinthinus10 / 367
0.70b19 pink-bracted manzanitaArctostaphylos pringlei ssp. drupacea20 / 535
0.71l20 desert Parry manzanitaArctostaphylos parryana ssp. desertica20 / 93
0.71   Trail turns left 90° and parallels ridge
0.71r sp(Eriodictyon sp.)
0.71   (Parish's goldenbush, Ericameria parishii var. parishii)
0.74b21spbird's beakCordylanthus sp.99 / 9 
0.74r  (narrowleaf goldenbush, Ericameria linearifolia)
0.74l22sppoa?Poa fendleriana?10 / 5 
0.74r  (needlegrass, Achnatherum sp.)
0.78b23 squirreltailElymus elymoides10 / 472
0.79r24sppenstemonPenstemon rostriflorus or P. labrosus5 / 3 
0.80l25 Coulter pinePinus coulteri10 / 927
0.80   Pine forest is petering out here
0.80r26 Parry's nolinaNolina parryi / 18
0.81r  (wide-leaved rock goldenbush, Ericameria cuneata var. spathulata)
0.81l27sp Eriodictyon sp. /  
0.81l28 slender everlastingGnaphalium canescens ssp. thermale5 / 226
0.85l ~(California brickellbush, Brickellia californica)
0.86   Elevation 7200 feet (2195 m)
0.86r29 cupped-leaf ceanothusCeanothus greggii var. perplexans10 / 323
0.86   Dense patch of pines below
0.89r30 San Jacinto Mtns. bedstrawGalium angustifolium ssp. jacinticum30 / 326
0.89r  (chaparral yucca, Yucca whipplei)
0.89l31~birch-leaf mountain-mahoganyCercocarpus betuloides var. betuloides2 / 245
0.90b32 Wright's buckwheatEriogonum wrightii var. membranaceum10 / 333
0.90l33 goldenrodSolidago californica / 113
0.91r34 wide-leaved rock goldenbushEricameria cuneata var. spathulata10 / 212
0.91r35 chaparral yuccaYucca whipplei1 / 166
0.91   Field of Ericameria cuneata 
0.93l  (incense-cedar, Calocedrus decurrens, in distance)
0.97l36? like Prunus fremontii /  
0.97r  (incense-cedar, Calocedrus decurrens)
0.99b37 *downy bromeBromus tectorum30 / 382
  38 Parish's goldenbushEricameria parishii var. parishii / 8
0.99l39 incense-cedarCalocedrus decurrens1 / 160
1.01l40 bigberry manzanitaArctostaphylos glauca1 / 120
 r41 mountain whitethornCeanothus cordulatus / 73
1.03l42 narrowleaf goldenbushEricameria linearifolia / 23
1.03   Last Pinus coulteri just below this position
1.03   End plant trail guide; elevation ~6880 feet (2095 m)
Updated 30 August 2012.