Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10:00 a.m.: Snowmelt gullies of the upper Angeles Crest Highway:
PLEASE NOTE: This trip is cancelled as the Angeles Crest Highway is temporarily closed because of a sinkhole affecting traffic in both directions along the section containing the snowmelt gullies. Although road repairs are in progress, they will not be completed in time for this field trip.
Easy, mostly driving; please carpool as parking may be limited.
Jane Tirrell and Graham Bothwell, co-leaders
Along the section of the Angeles Crest Highway on either side of its highest point on Dawson Saddle, are several north-facing drainages that remain clogged with snow in wet years until relatively late in the season. When then snow finally melts, the gullies are filled with a profusion of flowers that include western columbine, Bigelow’s sneezeweed, giant red paintbrush, stream orchid, blue-eyed grass, and lemon lily. We will meet at Islip Saddle and drive east along the highway, stopping to explore the snowmelt gullies. We should carpool as much as possible. Bring lunch.
Directions to Islip Saddle: Take California State Route 2, the Angeles Crest Highway, from La Cañada (about 40 miles) or from Big Pines near Wrightwood (about 16 miles). Islip Saddle is the trailhead for the Pacific Crest Trail to Little Jimmy, Mt. Islip, and Mt. Baden-Powell to the east and Mt. Williamson and Kratka Ridge to the west. It is also the junction of California State Highway 39 (closed above Crystal Lake) with the Angeles Crest Highway. There is a restroom in the parking area. An Adventure Pass is needed for parking.