Plants of the Devils Slide Wet Drainages

The Devils Slide Trail crosses seven wet drainage crossings that contain riparian plants. This page gives pictures of each drainage crossing and a list of the dominant plants in each one.

Location of Drainage Crossings Along Devils Slide Trail

Drainage #MileDrainage NameElevation
10.95Jolley Spring71202170
21.28Powderbox Spring73202230
31.39Middle Spring73802250
4a1.66Middle Spring76002315
4b1.69Middle Spring76002315
51.83Powderbox Spring76802340
62.03Powderbox Spring78402390
72.32Powderbox Spring80102440

The Middle Springs Drainage has two closely-spaced branches at 7600 feet, which merge just below that elevation. Hence the branches are numbered 4a and 4b here.

The dominant plant species in each drainage crossing are given in the next table. The list of species is not complete for each drainage crossing; only the most prominent species as seen from the trail are noted. Note that drainage crossing #2 is given out of order in the following table in order to keep each drainage together in the table. The drainages are color-coded in the table.

Dominant Plant Species In Each Drainage

Latin Name# drainage crossings134a4b2567
Ribes nevadense7XXXXXXX 
Aquilegia formosa5 XXXXX 
Potentilla glandulosa ssp. reflexa5XXXXX 
Carex fracta4XXXX
Castilleja miniata ssp. miniata4 XXXX 
Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens4 XXXX
Salix scouleriana4XXXX 
Ceanothus cordulatus3 XXX 
Epilobium ciliatum ssp. ciliatum3XXX
Lotus crassifolius var. crassifolius3 XXX 
Rhododendron occidentale3XXX 
Agrostis idahoensis2XX
Luzula comosa2 XX
Mimulus cardinalis2 XX 
Mimulus floribundus2XX 
Mimulus guttatus2XX 
Mimulus moschatus2 XX
Penstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii2XX 
Scrophularia californica ssp. floribunda2 XX 
Symphoricarpos rotundifolius var. parishii2 XX 
Carex senta1 X
Deschampsia elongata1X 
Epilobium canum1 X 
Erysimum capitatum ssp. capitatum1 X 
Horkelia clevelandii1 X 
Juncus macrophyllus1X 
Keckiella rothrockii var. jacintensis1 X 
Lupinus latifolius var. parishii1X 
Mimulus pilosus1X 
Mimulus tilingii1 X 
Penstemon rostriflorus1 X 
Phacelia ramosissima var. ramosissima1 X 
Rhamnus californica1 X 
Ribes cereum var. cereum1 X 
Ribes roezlii var. roezlii1 X 
Rubus parviflorus1 X 
Sambucus mexicana1 X 

Pictures of Each Drainage

All pictures are taken heading up the trail, just before the center of the drainage, unless noted otherwise. They were all taken on 14 July 2006.

#1, Mile 0.95, Jolley Spring, 7120 feet, 2170 m.

This picture is taken heading up the trail, just before the drainage. It doesn't show the moist bank just before the center of the drainage that contains all the Mimulus

#2, Mile 1.28, Powderbox Spring, 7320 feet, 2230 m.

#3, Mile 1.39, Middle Spring, 7380 feet, 2250 m.

#4a, Mile 1.66, Middle Spring, 7600 feet, 2315 m.

#4b, Mile 1.69, Middle Spring, 7600 feet, 2315 m.

#5, Mile 1.83, Powderbox Spring, 7680 feet, 2340 m.

#6, Mile 2.03, Powderbox Spring, 7840 feet, 2390 m.

The first picture above was taken on the approach to the drainage crossing; the second picture was taken from the crossing looking farther up the trail.

#7, Mile 2.32, Powderbox Spring, 8010 feet, 2440 m.

This picture is taken from past the drainage, looking back down the trail.

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Updated 29 July 2006.