California Native Plant Society
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

Lone Pine Canyon and Highway 138

Here are pictures from June 2009 when driving from the mountains back to Pasadena via Wrightwood and State Highway 138. An interesting option is to take the road through Lone Pine Canyon from Wrightwood to Highway 138. On this occasion, Lone Pine Canyon was adorned with Flannel Bush in bloom. Along Highway 138, which is in the desert, the peak of spring had passed — we saw only a fraction of what this area has to offer floristically — but it was nevertheless rewarding.

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Flannel bush (Fremontodendron californicum) in Lone Pine Canyon

Booth's evening primrose (Camissonia boothii)

Prince's plume (Stanleya pinnata) in Lone Pine Canyon

Grinnell's penstemon (Penstemon grinnellii) in Lone Pine Canyon

Prickly poppy (Argemone munita)
in Lone Pine Canyon

Yerba santa (Eriodictyon trichocalyx var. trichocalyx)

Driving out of Lone Pine Canyon towards Highway 138 are grand views of the so-named Mormon Rocks

Showy penstemon (Penstemon spectabilis), in the pass near Mormon Rocks

Jimson weed (Datura wrightii)

Shrubby eriastrum (Eriastrum densifolium), beside Highway 138

Woollybluecurls (Trichostema lanatum)

California evening primrose (Oenothera californica) along Highway 138

Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata), in seed

Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia)

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Images copyright © 2008-2009 Graham Bothwell.
Thanks to Jane Strong for assistance in identification of plants and flowers.