USA - Pacific States forum: Devil's Punchbowl, California - May, 2008 - Mile-High Wildflowers

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Aug 12, 2010 5:49 PM CST
Name: Kelli
Where summer is winter
The trail starting at Devil's Punchbowl park leads into the Angeles National Forest, in the San Gabriel Mountains. Here, the high desert transitions to forest. This is on the north side of the mountains, which is the desert side, so it is not a dense forest. The elevation for this hike is around 5,000 feet, give or take a few hundred.

This is the "punchbowl".
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Most of the flowers up there are different from what we have down here, so I don't know the full name of a lot of them. This one is the same, though. It's scarlet bugler.
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some kind of phacelia
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coyote mint?
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some kind of gilia
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another kind of gilia
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some kind of lupine
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probably a different kind of lupine
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sagebrush and pinon pines
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Here you can see the desert scrub in the foreground and forest in the background. The mountains are on the order of 8,000 ft elevation.
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Most of the pines are Coulter pines. They produce huge pine cones.
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This creek has water, though it doesn't show up in the photo.
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Fremont monkeyflower
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The San Andreas Fault is at the base of the hills.
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Fremontia is distantly related to cocoa.
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some kind of phacelia
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You might think it is strange to find a cactus in the forest. I think this is a subspecies of beavertail.
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some kind of ceanothus
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The mountains are very steep.
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Aug 24, 2010 10:59 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina

these photos are awesome. The rock formation in the first one blows me away.

I especially like the wall flower and monkey flower and the manzanita.

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