Plant Guide to Laws Loop (Willow Creek Trail, Laws Camp, Caramba Trail), San Jacinto Mountains

MileS#id?Common NameScientific Name#here
0.00Begin trail at Saddle Junction; elevation 8075 feet (2460 m)
0.00b1Jeffrey pinePinus jeffreyi99 / 9
0.00b2white firAbies concolor99 / 9
0.01lSign: "Skunk Cabbage; Willow Creek; Long Valley" with an arrow pointing ahead.
0.02b3Sierra Nevada lotusAcmispon nevadensis var. nevadensis99 / 9
0.02l4pinegrove groundsmokeGayophytum oligospermum99 / 5
0.02l(San Gabriel beardtongue, Penstemon labrosus; Parish's snowberry, Symphoricarpos rotundifolius var. parishii)
0.02b5pussy pawsCalyptridium monospermum99 / 3
0.03r6Elmer's needlegrassStipa occidentalis var. pubescens5 / 3
0.03r(squirreltail, Elymus elymoides)
0.05b7Parish's snowberrySymphoricarpos rotundifolius var. parishii99 / 9
0.05r8spotted coralrootCorallorhiza maculata99 / 9
0.06Trail turns left 90°
0.07l9San Gabriel beardtonguePenstemon labrosus30 / 2
0.07l10western wallflowerErysimum capitatum var. capitatum99 / 9
0.07l11Fremont's goosefootChenopodium fremontii99 / 5
0.07l12groundsmokeGayophytum diffusum ssp. parviflorum99 / 2
0.07l13changeable phaceliaPhacelia mutabilis99 / 9
0.09b14fragile sheath sedgeCarex fracta99 / 9
0.09r15Scouler's willowSalix scouleriana50 / 4
0.09b16fringed bromeBromus richardsonii18 / 1
0.09r17Nevada cinquefoilDrymocallis lactea var. lactea40 / 3
0.09Cross dry drainage.
0.09r18Brewer's monkeyflowerMimulus breweri5 / 1
0.09r(musk monkeyflower, Mimulus moschatus; larger mountain monkeyflower, Mimulus tilingii)
0.09l19brackenPteridium aquilinum var. pubescens99 / 9
0.09r20wax currantRibes cereum var. cereum20 / 9
0.12r(pine lousewort, Pedicularis semibarbata)
0.13r21San Jacinto lupineLupinus hyacinthinus99 / 9
0.13b22pine lousewortPedicularis semibarbata70 / 9
0.13l23white catch-flySilene verecunda99 / 9
0.16l24Cleveland's horkeliaHorkelia clevelandii var. clevelandii20 / 2
0.19l(mountain mugwort, Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. incompta)
0.19r(California corn lily, Veratrum californicum var. californicum)
0.19r(pinedrops, Pterospora andromedea)
0.20r25horseweedErigeron canadensis1 / 1
0.20r26*downy bromeBromus tectorum99 / 9
0.20r27mountain whitethornCeanothus cordulatus99 / 9
0.23r28mountain mugwortArtemisia ludoviciana ssp. incompta99 / 9
0.28l(slender wheatgrass, Elymus trachycaulus ssp. trachycaulus)
0.29l29purple false-giliaAllophyllum divaricatum2 / 1
0.32l(bitter cherry, Prunus emarginata)
0.32This area is said to have the finest bracken stand in all of southern California (Vogel 1976)
0.34r(ranger's buttons, Sphenosciadium capitellatum)
0.37r30little false-solomon's-sealMaianthemum stellatum99 / 2
0.37l31plain mariposa lilyCalochortus invenustus30 / 2
0.37l32~pine violetViola pinetorum ssp. pinetorum2 / 1
0.37r(California brome, Bromus carinatus var. carinatus)
0.38b33yarrowAchillea millefolium99 / 5
0.38r(lemon lily, Lilium parryi)
0.38b34blue wildryeElymus glaucus ssp. glaucus99 / 9
0.38l35squirreltailElymus elymoides99 / 9
0.39l36ranger's buttonsSphenosciadium capitellatum99 / 5
0.39r37California bromeBromus carinatus var. carinatus99 / 9
0.40rView of Skunk Cabbage Meadow
0.41b38Parish's lupineLupinus latifolius var. parishii6 / 1
0.41l39vari-nerved sedgeCarex heteroneura2 / 1
0.41l40Kentucky blue grassPoa pratensis ssp. agassizensis99 / 1
0.41b41abrupt-beak sedgeCarex abrupta50 / 2
0.41l42musk monkeyflowerMimulus moschatus99 / 1
0.41l43Idaho bentgrassAgrostis idahoensisx /
0.41b44mountain carpet cloverTrifolium monanthum ssp. grantianum5 / 1
0.41l45slender wheatgrassElymus trachycaulus ssp. trachycaulus75 / 9
0.41l46glandular willowherbEpilobium ciliatum ssp. glandulosum5 / 1
0.41l47western bistortBistorta bistortoides15 / 1
0.41b48slender hairgrassDeschampsia elongata99 / 3
0.41b49slender cinquefoilPotentilla gracilis var. fastigiata20 / 2
0.41l50Parish's yampahPerideridia parishii5 / 1
0.41l51western marsh cudweedGnaphalium palustre10 / 1
0.41r52mat muhlyMuhlenbergia richardsonis1 / 1
0.42l53lemon lilyLilium parryi50 / 3
0.45r54goldenrodSolidago velutina ssp. californica99 / 5
0.46Cross small drainage
0.48b55rigid hedge-nettleStachys rigida20 / 2
0.48r56long-anthered rushJuncus macrandrus99 / 1
0.48r57larger mountain monkeyflowerMimulus tilingii99 / 9
0.48l58tinker's pennyHypericum anagalloides10 / 1
0.48b59thyme-leaved speedwellVeronica serpyllifolia ssp. humifusa10 / 1
0.48l60swamp sedgeCarex senta50 / 3
0.48l61small white violetViola macloskeyi30 / 1
0.48Cross wet drainage with a low depression to the left.
0.48r62floriferous monkeyflowerMimulus floribundus20 / 2
0.48b63spike bentgrassAgrostis exarata10 / 1
0.52rSkunk Cabbage Jct.: elevation ~8000 feet (2438 m); jct. trail to Tahquitz Valley; continue ahead; trail flat for next 0.3 miles
0.61r64pinedropsPterospora andromedea20 / 9
0.61l65wild tarragonArtemisia dracunculus99 / 9
0.61lJct. trail to campsite
0.74r66Wright's buckwheatEriogonum wrightii var. subscaposum99 / 9
0.74b67San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrushEricameria nauseosa var. bernardina99 / 9
0.74rJct. trail to campsite
0.77Leave bracken and wet area
0.78l68forest goosefootChenopodium atrovirens4 / 1
0.80Trail resumes descent
0.81l(green-leaf manzanita, Arctostaphylos patula)
0.83l(southern mountain-monardella, Monardella australis ssp. australis)
0.84l(Davidson's buckwheat, Eriogonum davidsonii; California thistle, Cirsium occidentale var. californicum; rock buckwheat, Eriogonum saxatile)
0.86l69twiggy wreath plantStephanomeria virgata20 / 9
0.87l70Martin's paintbrushCastilleja applegatei ssp. martinii20 / 3
0.87l71broad-leaved lotusHosackia crassifolia var. crassifolia99 / 2
0.88b72glaucus willowherbEpilobium glaberrimum ssp. glaberrimum50 / 9
0.88Cross moist drainage and ascend briefly
0.88l73slender everlastingPseudognaphalium thermale5 / 4
0.93r74short-flowered monardellaMonardella nana99 / 9
0.93r(naked buckwheat, Eriogonum nudum var. pauciflorum)
0.94Cross small dry drainage
0.98Cross drainage; willows resprouting here from small lightning-caused fire in 2000, but kept low by deer
0.99b75San Jacinto buckwheatEriogonum apiculatum99 / 5
1.01r76zig-zag gayophytumGayophytum heterozygum25 /
1.01l77bitter cherryPrunus emarginata99 / 9
1.01Cross small drainage
1.06l(bush chinquapin, Chrysolepis sempervirens)
1.09l(leafy daisy, Erigeron foliosus var. foliosus)
1.09Cross small drainage
1.09l78naked buckwheatEriogonum nudum var. pauciflorum80 / 9
1.10l(incense-cedar, Calocedrus decurrens)
1.12r(Grinnell's beardtongue, Penstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii)
1.12l(Sierra gooseberry, Ribes roezlii var. roezlii)
1.1379San Jacinto Mts. keckiellaKeckiella rothrockii var. jacintensis10 / 3
1.15r(fir dwarf-mistletoe, Arceuthobium campylopodum)
1.16r80California black oakQuercus kelloggii1 / 1
1.17l81hybrid manzanitaArctostaphylos patula X A. pringlei ssp. drupacea2 / 1
1.19l(canyon live oak, Quercus chrysolepis)
1.23l82Sierra gooseberryRibes roezlii var. roezlii60 / 7
1.24l83leafy daisyErigeron foliosus var. foliosus99 / 2
1.26l84beaked penstemonPenstemon rostriflorus50 / 5
1.26b85bush chinquapinChrysolepis sempervirens50 / 9
1.30r86California-asterCorethrogyne filaginifolia12 / 2
1.31b87green-leaf manzanitaArctostaphylos patula99 / 9
1.31l88red-rayed hulseaHulsea heterochroma3 / 2
1.32b89sugar pinePinus lambertiana5 /
1.32r90canyon live oakQuercus chrysolepis50 / 9
1.35l91Nevin's bird's beakCordylanthus nevinii1 / 1
1.36r(snow-plant, Sarcodes sanguinea)
1.36l92pipsissewaChimaphila umbellata20 / 1
1.36l93Ross' sedgeCarex rossiix /
1.37r(fir mistletoe, Phoradendron bolleanum)
1.38r94mountain pink currantRibes nevadense10 / 2
1.38r95western columbineAquilegia formosa30 / 2
1.38b96pearlwortSagina saginoides10 / 1
1.38b97brittle bladder fernCystopteris fragilis1 / 1
1.38b98tall mannagrassGlyceria elata75 / 2
1.38Cross Willow Creek; local low point; elevation ~7800 feet (2377 m)
1.38r99bull thistleCirsium vulgare4 / 1
1.38l100streambank lotusHosackia oblongifolia var. oblongifolia10 / 1
1.38l101giant red paintbrushCastilleja miniata ssp. miniata1 / 1
1.38r102western azaleaRhododendron occidentale10 / 2
1.38l(hairy wood rush, Luzula comosa)
1.38r103sticky cinquefoilDrymocallis glandulosa var. viscida5 / 1
1.38l104Grinnell's beardtonguePenstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii99 / 9
1.39r105fir dwarf-mistletoeArceuthobium campylopodum15 / 1
1.41l106Davidson's buckwheatEriogonum davidsonii33 / 3
1.44b107prickly-nut cryptanthaCryptantha muricata var. denticulata5 / 1
1.55r(purple nightshade, Solanum xanti)
1.58Local high point; elevation ~7880 feet (2402 m)
1.70r108yellow willowSalix lutea2 / 2
1.70Cross creek (short tributary to Willow Creek) with running water; local low point; elevation 7840 feet (2390 m)
1.74l109mountain rock-cressBoechera retrofracta X12 / 2
1.74b110coyote tobaccoNicotiana attenuata99 / 1
1.75l111false monkeyflowerMimulus pilosus19 / 1
1.76Trail turns right 90°
1.76l112purple nightshadeSolanum xanti10 / 2
1.82rJct trail to Laws; local high point; elevation ~7900 feet (2408 m); turn right and go to Laws Camp
1.82lSign: "Laws (to right)"
1.88l113mountain California-fuchsiaEpilobium canum ssp. latifolium99 / 3
1.99l114mountain red-root cryptanthaCryptantha micrantha var. lepida99 / 1
1.99Trail curves right at drainage and then curves left
2.00rView of entire Tahquitz ridge
2.05b115granite prickly phloxLinanthus pungens4 / 1
2.05r116Yosemite rockcressBoechera repanda1 / 1
2.12bSwitchback left, then trail makes half circle on flattened spot; many dead firs with dead fir mistletoe, Phoradendron bolleanum here
2.15Good view of desert
2.17r117splendid giliaSaltugilia splendens ssp. splendens99 / 6
2.18l118beautiful hulseaHulsea vestita ssp. callicarpha65 / 2
2.19r119June grassKoeleria macranthax /
2.19r120?San Jacinto Mtns. bedstrawGalium angustifolium ssp. jacinticumx /
2.22Switchback left
2.35Trail curves right
2.36r121incense-cedarCalocedrus decurrens30 / 3
2.41Long switchback right
2.41r122narrowleaf bedstrawGalium angustifolium ssp. angustifoliumx /
2.44r(Interesting green-leaf manzanita, Arctostaphylos patula, which appears to have split a boulder)
2.54Switchback left
2.65Trail curves right
2.69b123breakfast bedstrawKelloggia galioides99 / 3
2.70l~(~willowherb, ~Epilobium ciliatum ssp. ?)
2.70Cross Willow Creek again; elevation 7440 feet (2268 m)
2.70rSign: "Willow Creek (back); Long Valley (back)"; Trail turns left 90°
2.72r(Fendler's meadow-rue, Thalictrum fendleri var. fendleri)
2.74l(Campsites on other side of Willow Creek)
2.74r124Hall's bromeBromus hallii40 /
2.85Laws Jct.; jct. Caramba Trail; go right on it; low point on loop, elevation ~7425 feet (2263 m)
3.16l125southern miner's lettuceClaytonia perfoliata ssp. mexicana80 / 1
3.25r126tall trisetumTrisetum canescensx /
3.25Cross lush creek without water
3.25l127bigleaf lupineLupinus polyphyllus var. burkeix /
3.26l128thimbleberryRubus parviflorus40 / 1
3.26l(California geranium, Geranium californicum, along bank of creek)
3.33Trail curves left at small drainage
(closer California corn lily, Veratrum californicum var. californicum)
3.64lFirst good view of Tahquitz Creek
3.71r129Utah service-berryAmelanchier utahensis1 / 1
3.74Cross drainage in moist area
3.87r130spear-leaved mountain dandelionAgoseris retrorsa3 / 1
3.88r131Fendler's meadow-rueThalictrum fendleri var. fendleri10 / 3
3.95b132Mexican rushJuncus mexicanus10 / 1
3.96Cross moist drainage
3.97rSign: "Candy's Creek"
4.42Jct. trail to Skunk Cabbage Meadow (r) and Tahquitz Meadow (l)
4.65r133southern mountain-monardellaMonardella australis ssp. australis99 / 1
5.02Saddle Junction; end loop
Plants only found off-trail:
0.19134California corn lilyVeratrum californicum var. californicum99 /
0.84135California thistleCirsium occidentale var. californicum15 /
0.84136rock buckwheatEriogonum saxatile1 /
1.36137snow-plantSarcodes sanguineaOT /
1.37138fir mistletoePhoradendron bolleanumOT /
1.38139hairy wood rushLuzula comosaOT /
3.26140California geraniumGeranium californicumOT /
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Updated 11 July 2018.