Plant Guide to PCT from Throop Peak Junction to Mt. Baden-Powell Junction
Introduction and Explanation of Plant Trail Guides
The Plant Guide
This guide is from three trips:
- A survey on 2 June 2013 by RT and Shaun Hawke, as part of a survey from Vincent Gap to Islip Saddle. Species were noted in this section only if this is the first place they appeared in that survey.
- A survey on 28 July 2013 by Tom Chester, Walt Fidler, and Adrienne Ballwey, from the Throop Peak / Dawson Saddle Trail junction to the Mt. Baden-Powell junction. Species were GPS'd during the survey, but the estimate of the number of plants was made from memory a few days later. Hence that number of plants from that survey alone is quite uncertain.
- A survey on 17 August 2015 by Tom Chester and Keir Morse, from the Throop Peak / Dawson Saddle Trail junction to the switchback right at mile 1.81. A major focus of that survey was to update the estimate of the plant abundances, and to record which side of the trail each species was on.
The Plant Guide
See also Dawson Saddle to Mt. Baden-Powell for a plant list in family order.
See Notes on the Scientific Names Used At This Site.
An asterisk (*) before the common name indicates a non-native taxon.
The #Pls represents the minimum number of plants of each species visible from the trail, up to a maximum of 99.
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Mile S # id? Common Name Scientific Name #Pls 0.00 Begin guide at junction with Dawson Saddle Trail, elevation 8860 feet, heading east 0.00 b 1 wax currant Ribes cereum var. cereum 60 0.00 r 2 Jeffrey pine Pinus jeffreyi 20 0.00 b 3 limber pine Pinus flexilis 40 0.00 b 4 lodgepole pine Pinus contorta ssp. murrayana 99 0.00 b 5 bush chinquapin Chrysolepis sempervirens 99 0.00 r 6 white fir Abies concolor 20 0.01 b 7 San Bernardino beardtongue Penstemon caesius 99 0.01 b 8 silky lupine Lupinus elatus 99 0.01 r 9 squirreltail Elymus elymoides 99 0.02 l 10 pussy paws Calyptridium monospermum 99 0.02 l 11 alpine sulfur-flowered buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum var. minus 99 0.02 l 12 pinegrove groundsmoke Gayophytum oligospermum 50 0.02 l 13 white catch-fly Silene verecunda 99 0.02 b 14 California needlegrass Stipa occidentalis var. californica 40 0.03 Trail curves right 90° 0.03 l 15 mountain spray Holodiscus discolor var. microphyllus 70 0.05 r 16 Ross' sedge Carex rossii 3 0.08 l 17 Grinnell's beardtongue Penstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii 99 0.08 r 18 green-leaf manzanita Arctostaphylos patula 30 0.08 r 19 santolina pincushion Chaenactis santolinoides 3 0.08 20 San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrush Ericameria nauseosa var. bernardina 10 0.08 r 21 leafy daisy Erigeron foliosus var. foliosus 10 0.09 22 threadleaf common rabbitbrush Ericameria nauseosa var. oreophila 99 0.09 r 23 rock buckwheat Eriogonum saxatile 99 0.09 r 24 curl-leaf mountain-mahogany Cercocarpus ledifolius 20 0.09 Switchback left 0.10 Switchback right 0.11 r 25 pine lousewort Pedicularis semibarbata 30 0.19 The following four species are off-trail to right; their first occurrence on trail is also noted later in the guide with “^” in the # field if they are also present on trail r 26 red-rayed hulsea Hulsea heterochroma 20 r 27 Davidson's buckwheat Eriogonum davidsonii 99 r 28 Fremont's goosefoot Chenopodium fremontii 25 r 29 Yosemite rockcress Boechera repanda 30 0.21 r ^ red-rayed hulsea Hulsea heterochroma 0.25 Switchback left 0.27 30 broad-seeded rock-cress Boechera platysperma 10 0.28 31 beaked penstemon Penstemon rostriflorus 50 0.28 Switchback right 0.33 r ^ Yosemite rockcress Boechera repanda 0.35 r 32 Sierra gooseberry Ribes roezlii var. roezlii 2 0.37 Trail zigzags left then right 0.42 r 33 mountain whitethorn Ceanothus cordulatus 20 0.44 b 34 woolly mountain-parsley Oreonana vestita 12 0.45 r 35 San Gabriel Mountain gilia Gilia ochroleuca ssp. vivida 20 0.46 ^ Davidson's buckwheat Eriogonum davidsonii 0.46 r 36 mountain California-fuchsia Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium 99 0.47 r ^ leafy daisy Erigeron foliosus var. foliosus 0.47 b 37 urn-flowered alumroot Heuchera elegans 30 0.47 l 38 clasping-leaved caulanthus Caulanthus amplexicaulis 20 0.47 39 *downy brome Bromus tectorum 99 0.48 Low point on trail, elevation 8520 feet 0.49 40 one-sided bluegrass Poa secunda ssp. secunda 20 0.61 b ^ Fremont's goosefoot Chenopodium fremontii 0.63 r 41 Burlew's onion Allium burlewii 10 0.64 42 prickly-nut cryptantha Cryptantha muricata var. denticulata 10 0.70 r 43 blue elderberry Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea 1 0.82 44 Martin's paintbrush Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii 1 0.85 r 45 Davidson's lotus Acmispon nevadensis var. davidsonii 10 0.89 Trail leaves ridge and curves left around 8997 foot Mt. Burnham 1.07 Cross head of small drainage 1.14 Switchback right 1.18 Switchback left 1.24 Switchback right 1.26 Switchback left 1.27 46 Southern California draba Draba corrugata 2 1.40 Trail is back on ridge, now on east side of Mt. Burnham, local high point, 8920 feet 1.56 r 47 spineless horsebrush Tetradymia canescens 30 1.59 r 48 Wright's buckwheat Eriogonum wrightii var. subscaposum 25 1.64 Local low point at saddle east of Mt. Burnham, west of small knoll 1.71 Trail leaves ridge and goes on south side of ridge 1.73 49 southern Sierra phacelia Phacelia austromontana 20 1.75 l 50 California groundcone Kopsiopsis strobilacea 10 1.77 Switchback left 1.80 51 *tumble-mustard Sisymbrium altissimum 2 1.81 Switchback right; trail on ridge again 1.87 Trail leaves ridge and curves left around 9088 foot knoll 1.94 Trail is directly north of 9088 foot knoll 2.02 Trail back on ridge on east side of 9088 foot knoll 2.24 Trail leaves ridge and goes on north side of Mt. Baden-Powell ridge 2.50 Jct. Mt. Baden-Powell Trail; elevation ~9260 feet
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Updated 9 June 2016