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:

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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MileS#id?Common NameScientific Name#Pls
0.00   Begin guide at junction with Dawson Saddle Trail, elevation 8860 feet, heading east
0.00b1 wax currantRibes cereum var. cereum60
0.00r2 Jeffrey pinePinus jeffreyi20
0.00b3 limber pinePinus flexilis40
0.00b4 lodgepole pinePinus contorta ssp. murrayana99
0.00b5 bush chinquapinChrysolepis sempervirens99
0.00r6 white firAbies concolor20
0.01b7 San Bernardino beardtonguePenstemon caesius99
0.01b8 silky lupineLupinus elatus99
0.01r9 squirreltailElymus elymoides99
0.02l10 pussy pawsCalyptridium monospermum99
0.02l11 alpine sulfur-flowered buckwheatEriogonum umbellatum var. minus99
0.02l12 pinegrove groundsmokeGayophytum oligospermum50
0.02l13 white catch-flySilene verecunda99
0.02b14 California needlegrassStipa occidentalis var. californica40
0.03   Trail curves right 90°
0.03l15 mountain sprayHolodiscus discolor var. microphyllus70
0.05r16 Ross' sedgeCarex rossii3
0.08l17 Grinnell's beardtonguePenstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii99
0.08r18 green-leaf manzanitaArctostaphylos patula30
0.08r19 santolina pincushionChaenactis santolinoides3
0.08 20 San Bernardino rubber rabbitbrushEricameria nauseosa var. bernardina10
0.08r21 leafy daisyErigeron foliosus var. foliosus10
0.09 22 threadleaf common rabbitbrushEricameria nauseosa var. oreophila99
0.09r23 rock buckwheatEriogonum saxatile99
0.09r24 curl-leaf mountain-mahoganyCercocarpus ledifolius20
0.09   Switchback left
0.10   Switchback right
0.11r25 pine lousewortPedicularis semibarbata30
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
 r26 red-rayed hulseaHulsea heterochroma20
 r27 Davidson's buckwheatEriogonum davidsonii99
 r28 Fremont's goosefootChenopodium fremontii25
 r29 Yosemite rockcressBoechera repanda30
0.21r^ red-rayed hulseaHulsea heterochroma
0.25   Switchback left
0.27 30 broad-seeded rock-cressBoechera platysperma10
0.28 31 beaked penstemonPenstemon rostriflorus50
0.28   Switchback right
0.33r^ Yosemite rockcressBoechera repanda
0.35r32 Sierra gooseberryRibes roezlii var. roezlii2
0.37   Trail zigzags left then right
0.42r33 mountain whitethornCeanothus cordulatus20
0.44b34 woolly mountain-parsleyOreonana vestita12
0.45r35 San Gabriel Mountain giliaGilia ochroleuca ssp. vivida20
0.46 ^ Davidson's buckwheatEriogonum davidsonii
0.46r36 mountain California-fuchsiaEpilobium canum ssp. latifolium99
0.47r^ leafy daisyErigeron foliosus var. foliosus
0.47b37 urn-flowered alumrootHeuchera elegans30
0.47l38 clasping-leaved caulanthusCaulanthus amplexicaulis20
0.47 39 *downy bromeBromus tectorum99
0.48   Low point on trail, elevation 8520 feet
0.49 40 one-sided bluegrassPoa secunda ssp. secunda20
0.61b^ Fremont's goosefootChenopodium fremontii
0.63r41 Burlew's onionAllium burlewii10
0.64 42 prickly-nut cryptanthaCryptantha muricata var. denticulata10
0.70r43 blue elderberrySambucus nigra ssp. caerulea1
0.82 44 Martin's paintbrushCastilleja applegatei ssp. martinii1
0.85r45 Davidson's lotusAcmispon nevadensis var. davidsonii10
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 drabaDraba corrugata2
1.40   Trail is back on ridge, now on east side of Mt. Burnham, local high point, 8920 feet
1.56r47 spineless horsebrushTetradymia canescens30
1.59r48 Wright's buckwheatEriogonum wrightii var. subscaposum25
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 phaceliaPhacelia austromontana20
1.75l50 California groundconeKopsiopsis strobilacea10
1.77   Switchback left
1.80 51 *tumble-mustardSisymbrium altissimum2
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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