Anza-Borrego: Plant Guide To California Riding and Hiking Trail: Culp Valley to Visitor Center

miles#idCommon NameLatin Name#here#all
0.00r  Begin guide at shaded sign mounted on a rock pillar: "Chaparral ... and the cycle of fire", almost next to the Montezuma Highway, S22; elevation 3330 feet (1015 m)
0.00b1 *Asian mustardBrassica tournefortii20 / 343
0.00r2 *red bromeBromus madritensis ssp. rubens99 / 984
0.00b3 fringed amaranthAmaranthus fimbriatus99 / 911
0.00b4 *redstem filareeErodium cicutarium99 / 981
0.00b5 California buckwheatEriogonum fasciculatum var. polifolium99 / 952
0.00r6 *ripgut bromeBromus diandrus2 / 167
0.00r7~*Mediterranean schismusSchismus barbatus10 / 151
0.00r8~common phaceliaPhacelia distans50 / 537
0.00r9 coyote melonCucurbita palmata+1 / 16
0.00r10spbaby annual lupineLupinus sp.10 / 1 
0.00r11 slender buckwheatEriogonum gracile var. incultum30 / 57
0.00r12spbaby popcorn flowerCryptantha sp.99 / 9 
0.00r13 California matchweedGutierrezia californica99 / 97
0.00b14~fivewing spiderlingBoerhavia intermedia99 / 910
0.00r15 slender wreathplantStephanomeria exigua ssp. exigua20 / 422
0.01r16 gander's chollaOpuntia ganderi30 / 939
0.01l17 rattlesnake weedChamaesyce albomarginata10 / 214
0.01l ~(apricot mallow, Sphaeralcea ambigua var. ambigua)
0.02l18 wire-lettuceStephanomeria pauciflora var. pauciflora30 / 949
0.02l19 red-gland spurgeChamaesyce melanadenia99 / 93
0.02r20 catclawAcacia greggii40 / 947
0.02l21 Acton enceliaEncelia actoni99 / 97
0.03l22 desert mistletoePhoradendron californicum10 / 938
0.03l  (San Felipe dogweed, Adenophyllum porophylloides; shrubby brickellia, Brickellia frutescens; cheesebush, Hymenoclea salsola var. salsola; Engelmann's hedgehog cactus, Echinocereus engelmannii; short-winged deerweed, Lotus scoparius var. brevialatus; tall melica, Melica frutescens; wishbone plant, Mirabilis bigelovii var. retrorsa; Parish's viguiera, Viguiera parishii;)
0.04r23 sugar bushRhus ovata30 / 938
0.04r24 papillate dodderCuscuta californica var. papillosa5 / 112
0.04b25 Parish's viguieraViguiera parishii50 / 928
0.04r26 short-winged deerweedLotus scoparius var. brevialatus30 / 536
0.05r27 white sageSalvia apiana6 / 353
0.06r  Sign: "No shooting, fire in metal container only"
0.07r  (lotebush, Ziziphus parryi var. parryi)
0.08r28spannual suncupCamissonia sp.5 / 1 
0.08r29 cheesebushHymenoclea salsola var. salsola50 / 744
0.08   Y-jct.; sign: "Pena Spring (left); "Campground (right)"; stay right
0.09r30spdaturaDatura sp.+1 / 1 
0.09r31 narrowleaf goldenbushEricameria linearifolia50 / 911
0.15r32 lotebushZiziphus parryi var. parryi30 / 95
0.15r33 beady lipfernCheilanthes covillei20 / 913
0.15r  (desert needlegrass, Achnatherum speciosum)
0.16r34 boundary goldenbushEricameria brachylepis20 / 911
0.17r  (Mohave yucca, Yucca schidigera; desert scrub oak, Quercus cornelius-mulleri)
0.19l  (jojoba, Simmondsia chinensis)
0.20l  First campsite, marked with two short wood posts
0.21l35 linear-leaved stillingiaStillingia linearifolia4 / 212
0.21r  Jct. road to toilets
0.22r  Sign: "No wood gathering"
0.25   Y-jct.; stay left
0.26r  (very large jojoba, Simmondsia chinensis)
0.28   Jct. maze of roads; stay straight
0.28   (California juniper, Juniperus californica)
0.30l  Sign: "Culp Valley Vista Point 0.6 mi"
0.32l  (beavertail cactus, Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris)
0.33l  (chaparral yucca, Yucca whipplei)
0.37r36~short-bannered coastal lotusLotus salsuginosus var. brevivexillus30 / 99
0.37r37 chinch-weedPectis papposa var. papposa20 / 25
0.37r38 wishbone plantMirabilis bigelovii var. retrorsa20 / 927
0.38r39~desert woolly-starEriastrum eremicum ssp. eremicum99 / 920
0.38r40 beavertail cactusOpuntia basilaris var. basilaris10 / 946
0.38r41 Pima rhatanyKrameria erecta20 / 914
0.39l42 California juniperJuniperus californica10 / 711
0.39   Trail branches into three paths; stay straight
0.40r  (western bernardia, Bernardia myricifolia)
0.41l43~apricot mallowSphaeralcea ambigua var. ambigua3 / 320
0.42r44 desert scrub oakQuercus cornelius-mulleri20 / 75
0.42l45spdesert needlegrass?Achnatherum speciosum?50 / 9 
0.46r46 Mohave yuccaYucca schidigera20 / 920
0.58   Four way jct.: California Riding and Hiking Trail goes left-right; new wheelchair-accessible trail from campground comes in from right; sign: "Scenic Overlook"; go right
0.59l  (definite apricot mallow, Sphaeralcea ambigua var. ambigua)
0.60   Y-jct.; go right (left goes to minor overlook with white mugwort, Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. albula; desert dudleya, Dudleya saxosa ssp. aloides; Borrego bedstraw, Galium angustifolium ssp. borregoense; ~white fiesta flower, ~Pholistoma membranaceum; and chia, Salvia columbariae)
0.60l  Sign: "Vista Point (ahead)"
0.62r47 desert dudleyaDudleya saxosa ssp. aloides10 / 514
0.65l  "Turtle Rock" at 8 o'clock
0.66l48 birch-leaf mountain-mahoganyCercocarpus betuloides var. betuloides10 / 435
0.66   Faint Y-jct; stay right and ascend
0.66b49~rush blue grassPoa secunda ssp. juncifolia10 / 29
0.67r  (white-flowering currant, Ribes indecorum; desert lotus, Lotus rigidus)
0.68l50~Vasey's prickly-pearOpuntia vaseyi10 / 337
0.69r51 white mugwortArtemisia ludoviciana ssp. albula20 / 911
0.74r52 sweetbushBebbia juncea var. aspera20 / 953
0.75   Saddle on highest flattish area (#1)
0.76r53 San Felipe dogweedAdenophyllum porophylloides20 / 728
0.76l54 desert agaveAgave deserti20 / 931
0.76l  (desert apricot, Prunus fremontii)
0.78l55 western bernardiaBernardia myricifolia4 / 36
0.79   Vista Point; High point on trail; elevation 3520 feet (1073 m); begin descend to flattish area #2
0.79r56 Engelmann's hedgehog cactusEchinocereus engelmannii10 / 524
0.85l57 desert apricotPrunus fremontii20 / 914
0.85r  Jct. use trail to local peak on right
0.89   Y-jct.; stay left
0.90r  Jct. use trail to local peak on right
0.92r58 desert lotusLotus rigidus99 / 918
0.94r  Check for unk opposite-leaf per like penstemon? /  
0.94r59spbaby plants like six-weeks three-awnAristida adscensionis? / 16
0.94b60 shrubby brickelliaBrickellia frutescens10 / 52
0.94b61sppincushion flowerChaenactis sp.20 / 1 
0.94r62 woolly lipfernCheilanthes parryi1 / 128
0.98r63~muillaMuilla maritima2 / 116
0.98r64~bajada lupineLupinus concinnus1 / 138
1.00   Switchback left.
1.00l65 odoraPorophyllum gracile2 / 212
1.01   Trail turns right 90°
1.01l ?(wild-cucumber?, Marah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus?)
1.01l  definite six-weeks three-awnAristida adscensionis /  
1.03l66~California suncupCamissonia californica5 / 160
1.03l67 chiaSalvia columbariae20 / 253
1.03l68spannual phaceliaPhacelia like minor5 / 1 
1.07r  Saddle; Jct. use trail marked with a tall post; elevation 3320 feet (1012 m)
1.08r69 white-flowering currantRibes indecorum1 / 134
1.09r  (bigberry manzanita, Arctostaphylos glauca)
1.10r70 Borrego bedstrawGalium angustifolium ssp. borregoense30 / 51
1.11r71 bigberry manzanitaArctostaphylos glauca1 / 114
1.11r72~perennial rock-cressArabis perennans3 / 113
1.12r73spcoast-range melic?Melica imperfecta?10 / 1 
1.14r74~little-leaved chaparral beard-tongueKeckiella antirrhinoides var. microphylla4 / 33
1.17r75 Anderson's desert-thornLycium andersonii4 / 310
1.17r  Jct. use trail to ridge
1.28   Now in flattish area #2
1.29l76 California spear-leaved brickelliaBrickellia arguta var. arguta3 / 35
1.33r  Check if these specimens are Eriogonum davidsonii.
1.37r77 broom twinberryMenodora scoparia5 / 22
1.49r78 burroweedAmbrosia dumosa1 / 150
1.49r79 Parry's nolinaNolina parryi2 / 110
1.51l80 Wright's buckwheatEriogonum wrightii var. nodosum10 / 320
1.52   Trail leaves flattish area #2 and begins drop down to flattish area #3; elevation 3240 feet (988 m)
1.53r81 golden yarrowEriophyllum confertiflorum var. confertiflorum5 / 181
1.80l82 brittlebushEncelia farinosa10 / 452
1.81   End steep descent; now on flattish area #3; elevation 2920 feet (890 m)
1.88b83 desert plantainPlantago ovata99 / 934
1.91l84sppepper-grassLepidium sp.10 / 1 
1.97r  (California barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus)
2.02l85 jojobaSimmondsia chinensis5 / 426
2.09   Trail leaves flattish area #3 and begins drop to saddle at mile 2.6
2.25l86~Parish's needlegrassAchnatherum parishii1 / 123
2.25l87 California trixisTrixis californica var. californica1 / 129
2.35l88 New Mexico ditaxisDitaxis neomexicana1 / 13
2.37l89 California barrel cactusFerocactus cylindraceus+1 / 141
2.38   Saddle; elevation ~2580 feet (785 m); trail turns right to descend upper part of drainage to Hellhole Canyon. This is a possible turnaround point if you are not doing a one-way car-shuttle hike. Plant guide now gives species abundance for the rest of the trail, and there may be more specimens of the previously-given species.
2.38l  (teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii)
2.41l  (creosote bush, Larrea tridentata)
2.43l90 2 lv'd ephedraEphedra sp. (2 lv'd) / 5
2.43l91 ocotilloFouquieria splendens ssp. splendens5 / 549
2.47   Enter wash
2.47r92 Nealley three-awnAristida purpurea var. nealleyi3 / 34
2.48   Leave wash
2.51   Enter wash
2.55   Leave wash; local low point on trail
2.56   Local high point on trail
2.56r93 desert sageSalvia eremostachya1 / 16
2.64   Enter wash
2.67l94 narrowleaf ditaxisDitaxis lanceolata50 / 930
2.67   Leave wash
2.69r95 woolly Indian paintbrushCastilleja foliolosa1 / 111
2.73l96 creosote bushLarrea tridentata40 / 953
2.81   Local low point on trail
2.81r97 desert lavenderHyptis emoryi50 / 944
2.87   Local high point on trail
2.96r98sspwestern tansy-mustardDescurainia pinnata5 / 16
2.99r99 star-flowered bedstrawGalium stellatum var. eremicum3 / 317
3.00l100~desert twining snapdragonAntirrhinum filipes4 / 46
3.17b101 California fagoniaFagonia laevis10 / 925
3.31b102 spearleafMatelea parvifolia2 / 15
3.51 103 desert spike-mossSelaginella eremophila50 / 915
3.55l104 rock hibiscusHibiscus denudatus10 / 526
3.56l105 indigo bushPsorothamnus schottii50 / 946
3.56r106 *Bermuda grassCynodon dactylon+1 / 143
3.57b107 chuparosaJusticia californica40 / 924
3.57l108spper grass like fountain grass?1 / 1 
3.57r109 whispering bellsEmmenanthe penduliflora var. penduliflora / 24
3.59   Switchback left
3.61l110 Coulter's lyrepodLyrocarpa coulteri var. palmeri5 / 38
3.62l111?dead annual like silver puffs?1 / 1 
3.68   Switchback right.
3.70   Switchback left.
3.72   Switchback right.
3.73   Switchback left.
3.73l112spheliotrope phacelia?Phacelia crenulata?1 / 1 
3.81   Saddle; elevation ~1540 feet (470 m); jct. with old portion of trail that descends to S22 at milepost 16.0; curve left to Hellhole Canyon
3.82   Cross small drainage
3.85l113 fish-hook cactusMammillaria dioica10 / 922
3.85r114 rattlesnake weedDaucus pusillus10 / 231
3.87l115 Emory's rock-daisyPerityle emoryi20 / 928
3.87l116~Mojave ragwortSenecio mohavensis50 / 918
3.90r117 Arizona spurgeChamaesyce arizonica1 / 12
3.91 118lVasey's sageSalvia vaseyi10 / 523
3.97r119 ayeniaAyenia compacta5 / 310
3.98r120 white rhatanyKrameria grayi2 / 237
4.00   Switchback left.
4.01   Switchback right.
4.04   Trail turns right 90°
4.04l121 big galletaPleuraphis rigida5 / 343
4.04r122 *downy bromeBromus tectorum / 50
4.06   Cross small drainage
4.07r  Jct. steep use trail to fencepost and USGS Benchmark; trail elevation ~1330 feet (405 m)
4.15l123 threadstemPterostegia drymarioides2 / 145
4.16l124~white fiesta flowerPholistoma membranaceum10 / 115
4.18r  (Parish's viguiera, Viguiera parishii)
4.26   Jct. ridgeline between two side-drainages; small peak ahead on ridge has a good view and many Mentzelia; trail goes to left of small peak
4.29r  (Pima rhatany, Krameria erecta)
4.29r125spintermediate larkspur?Delphinium parishii ssp. subglobosum?10 / 313
4.32r126 small-flowered fiddleneckAmsinckia menziesii var. menziesii20 / 215
4.34l127~bracted blazing starMentzelia involucrata5 / 320
4.46b  Leave huge field of Chaenactis
4.46r128~brittle spineflowerChorizanthe brevicornu var. brevicornu5 / 130
4.46b129 downy daleaDalea mollissima3 / 15
4.47r130 thick-leaved ground cherryPhysalis crassifolia20 / 922
4.51r131sppebble pincushion?Chaenactis carphoclinia var. carphoclinia?99 / 912
4.51r132?baby annual like suncupCamissonia sp.? /  
4.52l133spcombseedPectocarya sp.20 / 2 
4.52l134 yellow-headTrichoptilium incisum20 / 45
4.53r  Sign: "California Riding and Hiking Trail"
4.53l  (Old termite tube at base of dead plant; small-flowered fiddleneck, Amsinckia menziesii var. menziesii)
4.54   Jct. main Hellhole Canyon Trail; elevation ~950 feet (290 m); cross it and continue straight ahead to pick up this trail again
  135 small-seeded spurgeChamaesyce polycarpa99 / 753
4.58   Cross small wash with 2 branches
4.58l136 desert trumpetEriogonum inflatum1 / 138
4.64   Jct. old road; now horse trail
4.78b  Enter forest of teddy-bear cholla, Opuntia bigelovii
4.86   Cross wash
4.89l137 teddy-bear chollaOpuntia bigelovii50 / 933
4.99   Cross faint old road (or buried water pipe) heading toward the hills from the water tanks to left
5.04   Trail jogs left
5.26r138 desert thornappleDatura discolor5 / 59
5.26r139 Guadalupe cryptanthaCryptantha maritima99 / 915
5.27   Cross small wash
5.28l  Dead desert lavender, Hyptis emoryi
5.30   Trail curves left
5.33   Trail curves left
5.34   Trail curves right
5.34l140 small-flowered poppyEschscholzia minutiflora ssp. minutiflora10 / 215
5.35l141 desert dandelionMalacothrix glabrata5 / 217
5.36l  Sign: "Riding and Hiking Trail (ahead); No Dogs Past This Point"
5.36b142sp Nemacladus sp.99 / 9 
5.36   End guide at signed trailhead on southeast corner of Visitor Center Parking Lot; elevation ~835 feet (255 m).
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Last update: 6 January 2010.