Plant Guide to Wellman Divide to San Jacinto Peak, 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
Botanical Trip Reports
The Plant Guide
Comments On Specific Species


Wellman Divide, elevation ~9720 feet, can be reached from Humber Park via the Devils Slide Trail, PCT and Wellman Trail, or from the upper Palm Springs Tramway Station via the Round Valley Trail. The trail is somewhere between 2.0 and 2.3 miles long, with ~1120 total feet of elevation gain.

A free wilderness permit is required, available at the Long Valley Ranger Station or at the Idyllwild Forest Service Office.

Highlights of This Trail

The botanical highlights of this trail are:

Number of Unique Taxa On This Trail

Histogram not updated from latest field work.

The following histogram gives the number of trails in our database that contain each taxon on this trail (not including the taxa seen only off-trail given at the end of the guide). We had 109 trails in our database when this histogram was made; 10 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 "10" 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 Taxa16100%

We found 2 additional species not in the above table, since they have not been fully 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 fieldwork on 8/7/07 was only to mile 1.18.

We thank Eric Baecht, Gabi and Cliff McLean for help with the fieldwork on 8/12/07, and Dave Stith, Anne Kelly and Aaron Fellows for help with the fieldwork on 7/3/08. Mountain goats Anne and Aaron found the Ranunculus and Oxyria in the Snow Canyon snowmelt gully.

Botanical Trip Reports

7 August 2007
12 August 2007

The Plant Guide

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The mileages in the guide come from Topo!, and thus may be underestimated due to tight switchbacks near the Peak. The mileage of this trail according to Tom Harrison maps is 2.3 miles.

MileS#id?Common NameLatin Name#here#all
0.00l  Begin guide at Wellman Divide; elevation ~9720 feet (2963 m); Sign: "[ahead] San Jacinto Peak 2.3 mi; [right] Round Valley 1.0 mi; Long Valley 3.0 mi"; (bracken, Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens)
0.00b1 Parish's snowberrySymphoricarpos rotundifolius var. parishii99 / 915
0.00l2 bush chinquapinChrysolepis sempervirens99 / 915
0.00l  (white fir, Abies concolor)
0.00b3 San Jacinto lupineLupinus hyacinthinus30 / 911
0.00r4 limber pinePinus flexilis30 / 911
0.01b5 lodgepole pinePinus contorta ssp. murrayana50 / 912
0.08l  (Jeffrey pine, Pinus jeffreyi)
0.09b6 San Jacinto Mts. keckiellaKeckiella rothrockii var. jacintensis50 / 98
0.09r  View of Tram Station
0.10r7 southern mountain-monardellaMonardella australis40 / 913
0.13l8 San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrushChrysothamnus nauseosus ssp. bernardinus30 / 924
0.14r  (wax currant, Ribes cereum var. cereum)
0.14b  (ranger's buttons, Sphenosciadium capitellatum)
0.15r  (Martin's paintbrush, Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii)
0.28l9 white firAbies concolor2 / 228
0.28l10 ranger's buttonsSphenosciadium capitellatum20 / 910
0.43r  (green-leaf manzanita, Arctostaphylos patula)
0.46l11 Parish's campionSilene parishii3 / 29
0.62b12spsedgeCarex sp. /  
0.65   Switchback left
0.66   Switchback right
0.76   Elevation 10,000 feet (3048 m)
0.91l  Cross broad drainage (mountain spray, Holodiscus microphyllus var. microphyllus, in distance)
1.00l  (closer mountain spray, Holodiscus microphyllus var. microphyllus)
1.09l  (shaggy-haired alumroot, Heuchera hirsutissima, 40 feet above trail)
1.10r13 wax currantRibes cereum var. cereum5 / 518
1.18   Miller Peak is dead ahead to the north; Jean Peak is the prominent peak south of here
1.31l14~brown sedgeCarex subfusca10 / 26
1.35   Switchback left near Miller Peak; elevation 10,400 feet (3170 m)
1.53r15 pine lousewortPedicularis semibarbata1 / 138
1.68r16 Parish's bedstrawGalium parishii1 / 110
1.68r17 brittle bladder fernCystopteris fragilis1 / 131
1.73r  Jct. Deer Springs Trail (ahead) and trail to San Jacinto Peak (right); go right; elevation ~10,580 feet (3225 m); sign: "[left] Little Round Valley 1.3 mi; Deer Springs 8.0 mi; Banning Highway 9.5 mi; Idyllwild 10.0 mi; [right] Peak 0.3 mi; [back] Wellman Divide 1.8 mi; Round Valley 2.8 mi; Tram 4.3 mi; Humber Park 7.3 mi"
1.77   Switchback left
1.77r18 mountain gooseberryRibes montigenum10 / 23
1.86   Y-jct with cut switchback on left; stay right
1.89   Switchback left
1.90   Jct. other end of cut-switchback use trail
1.91r  Jct. path to warming rock-shelter hut
1.95   Small saddle
1.97r19 mountain California-fuchsiaEpilobium canum ssp. latifolium5 / 111
1.97   Trail is braided now, and soon disappears, so no "side" is given for the remaining species; scramble over the boulders to get to the peak
1.97 20 Watson's spike-mossSelaginella watsonii10 / 16
1.98 21 shaggy-haired alumrootHeuchera hirsutissima10 / 118
1.99r22 mountain sprayHolodiscus microphyllus var. microphyllus5 / 111
2.00   San Jacinto Peak, elevation 10,842 feet (3305 m)
2.00n  (about 20 feet below summit, in Snow Creek gully: Eschscholtz's buttercup, Ranunculus eschscholtzii var. oxynotus; alpine mountain-sorrel, Oxyria digyna)
    Species found by Hall in 1902 within 100 feet elevation of summit not on guide:
    western columbineAquilegia formosa / 12
    pussy pawsCalyptridium monospermum / 10
    Southern California rock drabaDraba corrugata var. saxosa / 1
    spike trisetumTrisetum spicatum / 2
    Additional species vouchered above 10,000 feet (3048 m)
    Parry's sand cressCalyptridium parryi var. parryi / 5
    many-ribbed sedgeCarex multicostata / 1
    American parsley fernCryptogramma acrostichoides / 0
    prickly hawkweedHieracium horridum / 4
    beautiful hulseaHulsea vestita ssp. callicarpha / 11
    San Gabriel beardtonguePenstemon labrosus / 13
    few-flowered cloverTrifolium monanthum var. grantianum / 3

Mile: 0.00 includes all mileages from 0.000 to 0.009; etc.
Side: Side of trail on which the first occurrence is found: left, right, both, or center
#: On-Trail species are numbered in order of first occurrence on trail (touchable without leaving the trail). Off-trail species are in parentheses.
id?: Species without an entry in this column are positively identified. "?" means we are just guessing the identification; "sp" means the genera is probably known, but the species name is uncertain; "~" means we have 95% confidence that this is the determination, but have not yet positively identified it; "ssp" means the subspecies or variety needs to be determined.
#here gives the minimum number of on-trail plants of this species on this trail, with the number of locations on this trail following the /, using maximum values of 99/9. 1/1 means a single plant in a single location; 20/9 means 20 plants occurring in at least 9 locations, etc.
#all gives the number of plant trail guides, from all over southern California, that contain this taxon.

Comments On Specific Species

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