Plant Guide to Spitler Peak Trail: Trailhead to PCT, San Jacinto Mountains - Garner Valley Area

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MileS#id?Common NameLatin Name#hereGPS
0.00Begin trail at Apple Canyon Road just before the sign "Spitler Peak Trail"; elevation 4940 feet (1506 m)
0.00b1*pineapple weedChamomilla suaveolens5 / 11
0.00b2California-asterLessingia filaginifolia var. filaginifolia99 / 91
0.00b3~wild pepper-grassLepidium virginicum var. pubescens10 / 21
0.00b4*redstem filareeErodium cicutarium99 / 31
0.00b5*shortpod mustardHirschfeldia incana5 / 11
0.00r6yarrowAchillea millefolium30 / 31
0.00r7*foxtail barleyHordeum murinum10 / 11
0.00r8*downy bromeBromus tectorum99 / 91
0.00r9dwarf lupineLupinus bicolor2 / 11
0.00r(California wild rose, Rosa californica)
0.00r10birch-leaf mountain-mahoganyCercocarpus betuloides var. betuloides99 / 91
0.00r11*ripgut bromeBromus diandrus50 / 31
0.00r12San Diego peaLathyrus vestitus var. alefeldii5 / 51
0.00r13baby blue eyesNemophila menziesii30 / 31
0.00r14California bromeBromus carinatus var. carinatus20 / 21
0.00r15~*knotweedPolygonum arenastrum1 / 11
0.00r16*tumble-mustardSisymbrium altissimum10 / 21
0.00r17?sticky lessingia?Lessingia glandulifera var. glandulifera?1 / 1
0.00r18spear-leaved mountain dandelionAgoseris retrorsa10 / 51
0.00l19Jeffrey pinePinus jeffreyi1 / 11
0.00l20California thistleCirsium occidentale var. californicum5 / 31
0.00l(matchweed, Gutierrezia sarothrae)
0.00l21California buckwheatEriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium99 / 91
0.00l(arroyo willow, Salix lasiolepis)
0.00l22~slender buckwheatEriogonum gracile var. incultum99 / 51
0.00l23~slender wheatgrassElymus trachycaulus2 / 21
0.00r24blue dicksDichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum30 / 31
0.00r25southern Chinese housesCollinsia concolor99 / 91
0.00r26interior live oakQuercus wislizeni var. frutescens99 / 91
0.00r27common bedstrawGalium aparine5 / 11
0.00r28graceful bedstrawGalium porrigens var. porrigens5 / 21
0.00r(southern honeysuckle, Lonicera subspicata var. denudata)
0.00l29cupped-leaf ceanothusCeanothus greggii var. perplexans2 / 21
0.00lSign: "Spitler Peak Trail"
0.00b30mugwortArtemisia douglasiana30 / 11
0.00l31Mexican rushJuncus mexicanus20 / 11
0.00l32arroyo willowSalix lasiolepis1 / 11
0.00r33American vetchVicia americana var. americana1 / 11
0.00l34California wild roseRosa californica30 / 11
0.00r(wild-cucumber, Marah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus)
0.01r35~mountain mugwortArtemisia ludoviciana ssp. incompta50 / 91
0.01r36southern honeysuckleLonicera subspicata var. denudata99 / 91
0.01lSign: "Be prepared "
0.01r37purple nightshadeSolanum xanti20 / 41
0.01l(branching phacelia, Phacelia ramosissima var. latifolia)
0.01b38basketbushRhus trilobata20 / 11
0.01r39coastal giliaGilia diegensis50 / 91
0.01r40strigose sun-cupCamissonia strigulosa1 / 11
0.02l41spgroundsmokeGayophytum sp.2 / 1
0.02r42branching phaceliaPhacelia ramosissima var. latifolia99 / 91
Trail crosses dry wash, then
0.02l43Mexican manzanitaArctostaphylos pungens2 / 21
0.02l(in far distance: Parry's nolina, Nolina parryi)
0.02r44blue wildryeElymus glaucus20 / 51
0.02r45red shanksAdenostoma sparsifolium99 / 91
0.02r46popcorn flowerCryptantha intermedia99 / 92
0.02l47silver puffsUropappus lindleyi10 / 33
0.03l48hollyleaf redberryRhamnus ilicifolia3 / 34
rCheck for plants like Eriogonum elongatum7
0.04r49yellow pincushionChaenactis glabriuscula var. glabriuscula99 / 95
0.04r(chaparral yucca, Yucca whipplei)5
0.04r50globe giliaGilia capitata ssp. abrotanifolia50 / 96
0.04r(phlox-leaved bedstraw, Galium andrewsii ssp. andrewsii)6
Look for first occurrence of Galium andrewsii ssp. andrewsii on trail
0.04r(leafy daisy, Erigeron foliosus var. foliosus)7
0.04l(golden yarrow, Eriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum)8
0.06r(desert globemallow, Sphaeralcea ambigua var. rugosa)10
0.07r(Vasey's prickly-pear, Opuntia vaseyi)11
0.07r51golden-bowl mariposaCalochortus concolor20 / 211
0.08l52chamiseAdenostoma fasciculatum99 / 912
0.08r53narrowleaf bedstrawGalium angustifolium ssp. angustifolium40 / 912
0.09l54golden yarrowEriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum99 / 913
0.09r55Mojave prickly-pearOpuntia erinacea var. erinacea20 / 914
0.14l56chaparral yuccaYucca whipplei40 / 515
0.19r57western tansy-mustardDescurainia pinnata30 / 316
0.22l58three-lobed oxythecaOxytheca trilobata10 / 117
0.29b59matchweedGutierrezia sarothrae40 / 519
0.29bJct. old road
l(pink-bracted manzanita, Arctostaphylos pringlei ssp. drupacea)
0.31b60Parish's bluecurlsTrichostema parishii2 / 120
0.40r61showy penstemonPenstemon spectabilis var. spectabilis99 / 9B2
0.45l62desert prickly-pearOpuntia phaeacantha2 / 221
0.47l63prickly cryptanthaCryptantha muricata50 / 922
0.49l64pink-bracted manzanitaArctostaphylos pringlei ssp. drupacea50 / 924
0.49r65long-styled rushJuncus longistylis20 / 124
0.49r66deergrassMuhlenbergia rigens10 / 324
0.51l67poodle-dog bushTurricula parryi99 / 2B7
0.55b68oak mistletoePhoradendron villosum2 / 225
0.6869San Bernardino sun-cupCamissonia confusa99 / 927
0.68l70hairy bush monkeyflowerMimulus aurantiacus var. pubescens99 / 928
0.70l71chaparral whitethornCeanothus leucodermis99 / 929
0.84r72oracle oakQuercus Xmorehus1 / 1205
0.86l73canyon live oakQuercus chrysolepis3 / 330
0.90l74Coulter pinePinus coulteri3 / 331
0.94r75~California elegant rock-cressArabis sparsiflora var. californica30 / 734
0.95l76coast-range melicMelica imperfecta30 / 935
0.95l77woolly Indian paintbrushCastilleja foliolosa5 / 336
0.95l78mountain California-fuchsiaEpilobium canum ssp. latifolium40 / 537
l(Nolina)
0.9679southern California silver-lotusLotus argophyllus var. argophyllus2 / 238
l(Salvia apiana)
l~(giant needlegrass, Achnatherum coronatum)
0.96l80white everlastingGnaphalium canescens ssp. microcephalum3 / 3
0.97l81bristly bird's beakCordylanthus rigidus ssp. setigerus30 / 940
0.97b82Parish's chaenactisChaenactis parishii20 / 541
0.99r83Parry's nolinaNolina parryi40 / 942
0.99l84Coulter's snapdragonAntirrhinum coulterianum30 / 943
1.02r85rock goldenbushEricameria cuneata var. cuneata50 / 544
1.02l86beady lipfernCheilanthes covillei10 / 544
1.0387ashy silk tasselGarrya flavescens30 / 145
1.06r88Parish's tauschiaTauschia parishii5 / 246
1.08l89leafy daisyErigeron foliosus var. foliosus30 / 948
1.08l90white sageSalvia apiana20 / 549
1.08l91June grassKoeleria macrantha30 / 950
1.09l92sticky false-giliaAllophyllum glutinosum5 / 351
1.10l93Parish' Jacumba milk-vetchAstragalus douglasii var. parishii30 / 552
1.10l94Orcutt's bromeBromus orcuttianus40 / 952
1.11l95giant needlegrassAchnatherum coronatum20 / 353
1.12l96whorledleaf penstemonKeckiella ternata var. ternata20 / 954
1.13r(Prunus ilicifolia ssp. Ilicifolia)
1.13l97bird's-foot fernPellaea mucronata var. mucronata3 / 256
1.15l98wide-throated yellow monkeyflowerMimulus brevipes20 / 957
1.17r99hollyleaf cherryPrunus ilicifolia ssp. ilicifolia99 / 758
1.23l100one-sided bluegrassPoa secunda ssp. secunda20 / 360
1.24101fringe-podThysanocarpus curvipes / 61
1.24l102splendid giliaGilia splendens30 / 761
1.24l103threadstemPterostegia drymarioides2 / 261
1.29104Wright's buckwheatEriogonum wrightii var. membranaceum10 / 264
1.30105mountain grape-soda lupineLupinus excubitus var. austromontanus5 / 265
1.38106mountain blazing starMentzelia montana20 / 468
1.44107desert needlegrassAchnatherum speciosum5 / 270
1.44108cane chollaOpuntia parryi5 / 371
1.44109Wallace's woolly daisyEriophyllum wallacei5 / 172
1.44110Davidson's buckwheatEriogonum davidsonii30 / 972
1.47111chiaSalvia columbariae99 / 973
1.52112common phaceliaPhacelia distans99 / 9134
1.53lsp(papillate dodder, Cuscuta californica var. papillosa)76
113Melica? / 77
1.55l114twiggy wreath plantStephanomeria virgata20 / 9135
1.75l115wild canterbury bellsPhacelia minor99 / 378
1.75l116California thistleCirsium occidentale var. californicum5 / 1
1.75Switchback left79
1.81r117San Jacinto buckwheatEriogonum apiculatum40 / 580
1.82r118sppapillate dodderCuscuta californica var. papillosa2 / 281
1.84r119beautiful hulseaHulsea vestita ssp. callicarpha10 / 482
1.92r120sand cressCalyptridium monandrum99 / 983
1.92r121?mountain rock-cressArabis holboellii20 / 7
2.13Nice view of Garner Valley from large boulder / rock on trail
2.18r122Hall's caulanthusCaulanthus hallii1 / 1133
2.28123Parish's goldenbushEricameria parishii var. parishii3 / 3210
2.29r124California bee plantScrophularia californica ssp. floribunda10 / 3211
2.39lJct. Trail213
2.39b125chaparral currantRibes malvaceum var. viridifolium99 / 9
2.39b126scarlet larkspurDelphinium cardinale20 / 387
2.39r127goosefoot yellow violetViola purpurea ssp. quercetorum10 / 2214
2.39b128purple-root cryptanthaCryptantha micrantha / 88
2.40l(fern-leaved lomatium, Lomatium dissectum var. multifidum)89
2.40r(squirreltail, Elymus elymoides)
2.47l129naked buckwheatEriogonum nudum var. pauciflorum30 / 791
2.47r130green miner's lettuceClaytonia parviflora ssp. viridis20 / 291
2.50r131California black oakQuercus kelloggii50 / 592
2.50r132different Collinsia, surrounded by C. concolor?
2.50b133incense-cedarCalocedrus decurrens30 / 592
2.50l134California false-indigoAmorpha californica var. californica40 / 893
2.51r135white catch-flySilene verecunda ssp. platyota20 / 594
2.51r(Ribes malvaceum?)
2.51r136sulphur buckwheatEriogonum umbellatum var. munzii10 / 394
2.51r137San Jacinto Mtns. bedstrawGalium angustifolium ssp. jacinticum30 / 794
2.52r138chaparral currantRibes malvaceum var. viridifolium99 / 995
2.52b139western wallflowerErysimum capitatum ssp. capitatum20 / 496
2.52l140short-flowered monardellaMonardella nana ssp. tenuiflora30 / 796
2.52l141(bush poppy, Dendromecon rigida)
2.56r142Martin's paintbrushCastilleja applegatei ssp. martinii2 / 297
2.57r143beaked penstemonPenstemon rostriflorus40 / 598
2.58r(Phacelia imbricata ssp. patula~)100
2.58c144~Parish's campionSilene parishii / 101
2.59r145cliff sword fernPolystichum imbricans ssp. curtum5 / 2102
2.62146white firAbies concolor20 / 3104
2.62147forest sedgeCarex multicaulis5 / 3104
2.63l(Symphoricarpos)105
2.64r148sticky cinquefoilPotentilla glandulosa ssp. reflexa10 / 4106
2.65Trail turns left at drainage107
2.70b149Laguna manzanitaArctostaphylos glandulosa ssp. adamsii50 / 2109
150golden ear dropsDicentra chrysantha25 / 2
3.03r151curve-flowered skullcapScutellaria siphocampyloides5 / 2112
3.03r152blue larkspurDelphinium parryi ssp. parryi3 / 1112
3.03l153plain mariposa lilyCalochortus invenustus5 / 1113
3.05r154goldenrodSolidago californica20 / 3114
3.05r(desert sandwort, Arenaria macradenia var. macradenia)114
3.10r155Parish's snowberrySymphoricarpos rotundifolius var. parishii40 / 7116
3.13r156slender wild cabbageCaulanthus major var. major / 118
3.13157woodland starLithophragma affine20 / 3119
3.14l158Sierra gooseberryRibes roezlii var. roezlii3 / 3137
3.19Cross steep drainage120
3.24Cross shallower drainage121
3.24r159winter cressBarbarea orthoceras6 / 2220
3.31r160imbricate phaceliaPhacelia imbricata ssp. patula2 / 2123
3.32r161western morning-gloryCalystegia occidentalis ssp. fulcrata50 / 7124
3.34162thick-leaved yerba santaEriodictyon crassifolium var. crassifolium1 / 1125
3.34163clustered broom-rapeOrobanche fasciculata5 / 1125
3.34Check for Thysanocarpus with non-clasping leaves125
3.45l164white-margined oxythecaOxytheca emarginata10 / 1132
3.45l165granite prickly phloxLeptodactylon pungens2 / 2221
3.46r166southern miner's lettuceClaytonia perfoliata ssp. mexicana10 / 1127
3.59r167milk maidsCardamine californica20 / 1128
3.59r168mountain pink currantRibes nevadense20 / 3128
3.61r169(blue elderberry, Sambucus mexicana)140
3.66r170shaggy-haired alumrootHeuchera hirsutissima2 / 1142
3.66b171rigid hedge-nettleStachys ajugoides var. rigida5 / 2143
3.66Cross steep drainage143
3.66172?scarlet monkeyflowerMimulus cardinalis30 / 1
3.66r173box elderAcer negundo var. californicum1 / 1144
3.67r174sugar pinePinus lambertiana / 145
3.71Switchback right146
3.71l175desert dudleyaDudleya saxosa ssp. aloides3 / 3146
3.71l176spslender everlastingGnaphalium canescens ssp. thermale5 / 2146
3.72l177?brittle bladder fernCystopteris fragilis / 147
3.75r178diamond-petaled clarkiaClarkia rhomboidea20 / 2148
3.75l179strigose lotusLotus strigosus1 / 1148
3.75l180bluish spike-mossSelaginella asprella1 / 1148
3.76l181California brickellbushBrickellia californica / 149
Switchback right150 but no signal
Switchback right
3.76r182large-flowered collomiaCollomia grandiflora / 149
3.77l183Davidson's phaceliaPhacelia davidsonii40 / 3151
Switchback right153
3.81l184annual phloxPhlox gracilis3 / 1154
3.83l185pine cryptanthaCryptantha simulans30 / 5155
3.83lbrackenPteridium aquilinum var. pubescens2 / 1156
3.83bwestern columbineAquilegia formosa2 / 2156
3.83lwhite alderAlnus rhombifolia1 / 1156
3.83Cross moist drainage157
3.83l186thimbleberryRubus parviflorus30 / 1158
3.83l187spmountain sweet-cicelyOsmorhiza chilensis10 / 2158
3.8Switchback left159
r188western azaleaRhododendron occidentale5 / 1159
l189fragile sheath sedgeCarex fracta1 / 1
Cross creek with running water
r190woodland strawberryFragaria vesca30 / 2
3.86Switchback right160
3.86Fragaria jackpot
3.88Switchback left
3.9Switchback right163
191?leafless wintergreenPyrola aphylla1 / 1
Switchback left
b192stream orchidEpipactis gigantea5 / 1
Cross flowing creek
e193glaucus willowherbEpilobium glaberrimum ssp. glaberrimum2 / 1
l194California bayUmbellularia californica1 / 1
3.96r195southern mountain woolly-starEriastrum densifolium ssp. austromontanum5 / 2164
3.96Switchback right165
3.98l196bitter cherryPrunus emarginata10 / 2166
4l197broad-leaved lotusLotus crassifolius var. crassifolius2 / 1167
4r198threadleaf common rabbitbrushChrysothamnus nauseosus ssp. consimilis10 / 2167
4b199California coffeeberryRhamnus californica2 / 1167
4.04l200wild tarragonArtemisia dracunculus2 / 2168
4.08Switchback left169
201fringed bromeBromus richardsonii / 170
4.21lCheck for different Mentzelia102172
4.22r202Lewis' flaxLinum lewisii var. lewisii10 / 3173
4.30Switchback right175
4.33l203Parish's lupineLupinus latifolius var. parishii / 177
4.38Switchback left178
4.35Switchback right179
4.45Switchback left180
4.46204San Jacinto lupineLupinus hyacinthinus1 / 1181
4.47205squirreltailElymus elymoides / 182
4.60r206Fremont silk tasselGarrya fremontii1 / 1184
4.62Switchback right185
4.75lmountain rock-cressArabis holboellii5 / 1187
4.78Switchback left188
4.78Jct PCT189

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