Plant Guide to Dawson Saddle Trail

MileS#id?Common NameLatin Name#Pls
0.00This guide does not follow the old unsigned trail exactly at Dawson Saddle, SR2 (7903 feet). Instead, head east on SR2 to the new trailhead, about 0.04 miles beyond (east) of Mile Marker 69.59.
0.00Plants at trailhead, in order from west (on the right) to east, beginning at the Jeffrey pine 5 steps to the right of the trailhead.
0.00r1Jeffrey pinePinus jeffreyi99 / 9
0.00r2*Jerusalem oakDysphania botrys99 / 1
0.00r3giant blazing starMentzelia laevicaulis40 / 1
0.00r4rock buckwheatEriogonum saxatile75 / 5
0.00r5threadleaf common rabbitbrushEricameria nauseosa var. oreophila15 / 3
0.00r6Grinnell's beardtonguePenstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii99 / 9
0.00(pinedrops, Pterospora andromedea)
0.00The trailhead
0.00r7Nevin's bird's beakCordylanthus nevinii30 / 2
0.00l8squirreltailElymus elymoides99 / 9
0.00l9California brickellbushBrickellia californica2 / 2
0.00l10Davidson's buckwheatEriogonum davidsonii5 / 2
0.00Begin hiking trail
0.0011pussy pawsCalyptridium monospermum30 / 2
0.00l12silky lupineLupinus elatus99 / 9
0.01r13green-leaf manzanitaArctostaphylos patula99 / 9
0.01b14Davidson's lotusAcmispon nevadensis var. davidsonii25 / 2
0.01r15pinegrove groundsmokeGayophytum oligospermum50 / 5
0.01r16santolina pincushionChaenactis santolinoides20 / 3
0.0117white catch-flySilene verecunda15 / 2
0.01l18white firAbies concolor99 / 9
0.02Switchback to right; sign: "Dawson Saddle Trail. Built by Boy Scouts the summer of 1982 to commemorate the 75th year of world scouting. Total volunteer hours 3540. Elevation 7903 feet. USFS".
0.05r19Davidson's phaceliaPhacelia davidsonii6 / 2
0.06l20sugar pinePinus lambertiana99 / 9
0.07l21pine lousewortPedicularis semibarbata99 / 9
0.07l22broad-seeded rock-cressBoechera platysperma20 / 2
0.08l23Tehachapi ragwortPackera ionophylla20 / 2
0.08r24mountain whitethornCeanothus cordulatus99 / 9
0.09Switchback to left; jct. old path to right that leads now to a steep dropoff in 6 paces.
0.09r25slender woodland starLithophragma tenellum99 / 2
0.09r26Southern California drabaDraba corrugata5 / 1
0.09b27beaked penstemonPenstemon rostriflorus50 / 4
0.11l28southern Sierra phaceliaPhacelia austromontana99 / 4
0.14r(alpine sulfur-flowered buckwheat, Eriogonum umbellatum var. minus)
0.18b29curl-leaf mountain-mahoganyCercocarpus ledifolius99 / 3
0.18l(snow-plant, Sarcodes sanguinea)
0.19b30one-sided bluegrassPoa secunda ssp. secunda20 / 2
0.19l(California cliff-brake, Pellaea mucronata var. californica; clasping-leaved caulanthus, Caulanthus amplexicaulis; a waif of desert pincushion, Chaenactis stevioides)
0.19l31Mojave linanthusLeptosiphon breviculus99 / 2
0.19l32San Gabriel linanthusLinanthus concinnus3 / 2
0.19r33woolly mountain-parsleyOreonana vestita99 / 3
0.19Switchback to right.
0.20l34Parish's needlegrassStipa parishii var. parishii30 / 3
0.21l35alpine sulfur-flowered buckwheatEriogonum umbellatum var. minus40 / 3
0.25l36wax currantRibes cereum var. cereum20 / 4
0.27l37Ross' sedgeCarex rossii5 / 2
0.27r(Sierra gooseberry, Ribes roezlii var. roezlii)
0.28l38lodgepole pinePinus contorta ssp. murrayana99 / 9
0.30rJct. with old trail from Dawson Saddle. Prickly cryptantha, Cryptantha echinella, is found 0.03 miles down the old trail.
0.30r39Burlew's onionAllium burlewii99 / 9
0.31l40toothed wintergreenPyrola dentata1 / 1
0.34l41low pussytoesAntennaria dimorpha7 / 1
0.37l42bitter rootLewisia rediviva var. minor99 / 5
0.38Begin open area.
0.39l(Peirson's lupine, Lupinus peirsonii)
0.39l43southern alpine buckwheatEriogonum kennedyi var. alpigenum99 / 5
0.39Now on ridge for first time. The trail will stay close to the ridgeline for the next 0.4 mile.
0.39(fir mistletoe, Phoradendron bolleanum, 100 feet south)
0.39l44Sierra mousetailIvesia santolinoides30 / 1
0.40r45pine dwarf-mistletoeArceuthobium campylopodum40 / 1
0.41r46Peirson's lupineLupinus peirsonii75 / 2
0.41From right to left, view of the three peaks of Williamson Peak with the South Fork Trail below, Waterman Mountain, Strawberry Peak, Twin Peaks, Throop Peak, Mt. Burnham and Mt. Baden-Powell
0.4447snow-plantSarcodes sanguinea5 / 2
0.56Trail leaves ridge, now on east (left) side slightly below the ridge.
0.60Jct. faint trail that merges from the right that leads to ridge.
0.63Back on ridge.
0.66l48San Bernardino beardtonguePenstemon caesius50 / 5
0.7249plain mariposa lilyCalochortus invenustus1 / 1
0.72Trail leaves ridge and is just below ridge on east side.
0.77Trail now goes farther below the ridge. An old trail, in disrepair, is on the ridge.
0.85r50bush chinquapinChrysolepis sempervirens99 / 9
0.91Cross small drainage with lots of lodgepole pine
0.97l51pinedropsPterospora andromedea5 / 3
0.97Cross small drainage with lots of lodgepole pine
1.02Deep bear clawmarks on lodgepole pine, 6.5 feet above ground, in August 2002.
1.05Cross small drainage.
1.11Mt. Baden-Powell now visible again, now on the right of Mt. Burnham.
1.17First small area burned in 2002 Curve fire. Only spot fires occurred along the rest of the trail, beyond the edge of the main fire.
1.20Saddle with view of Mt. Wilson, San Gabriel Peak, Mt. Islip, Twin Peaks, Strawberry Peak, and Mt. Waterman. Trees have numerous bear claw marks. Trail heads back to east side of ridgeline.
1.20r52spwreath plantStephanomeria virgata or S. exigua ssp. coronaria1 / 1
1.20l(limber pine, Pinus flexilis)
1.21r(spineless horsebrush, Tetradymia canescens)
1.24b53limber pinePinus flexilis99 / 9
1.35r54Yosemite rockcressBoechera repanda1 / 1
1.38rUnusual closed depression
1.39The final saddle on the trail. The trail now leaves the ridgeline and traverses the north slope of Throop Peak.
1.44r55Sierra gooseberryRibes roezlii var. roezlii2 / 2
1.45Cross drainage. Many lodgepole pines here.
1.54Cross middle of three small drainages that join below the trail.
1.62Cross drainage.
1.67Cross drainage that is a limber and lodgepole pinecone graveyard.
1.72Cross drainage.
1.79Jct. PCT; elevation 8860 feet; end plant trail guide.
Off-trail only species given in guide:
0.1956clasping-leaved caulanthusCaulanthus amplexicaulis1 / 1
0.1957desert pincushionChaenactis stevioides1 / 1
0.1958California cliff-brakePellaea mucronata var. californica20 / 1
0.3059prickly cryptanthaCryptantha echinella5 / 1
0.3960fir mistletoePhoradendron bolleanum1 / 1
1.2161spineless horsebrushTetradymia canescens1 / 1
Updated 7 June 2016.