California Native Plant Society
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

Previous field trips of our chapter

 

Saturday, July 13, 2013, 10 a.m.: Lemon Lilies at Big Cienega: Located on the north side of the Crystal Lake Recreation Area, Big Cienega is an example of a wet meadow habitat different from its surroundings. The cienega is filled with mountain mint (Pycnanthemum californicum), lemon lilies (Lilium parryi), stream orchids (Epipactis gigantea), bog orchids (Platanthera sparsiflora) and several other riparian plants.

Logistics and general information: Meet at 10 a.m. in the parking area for the Crystal Lake-Windy Gap Trailhead. You do not need to sign up beforehand, just come along. The hike to Big Cienega is about a mile and a half along the Crystal Lake-Windy Gap Trail and the dirt road leading to Deer Flat. The elevation gain is about 800 feet. Bring an Adventure Pass (for parking your car), plenty of water, hat, sunscreen and lunch. Physical difficulty: Moderate. Plant intensity: High, with some rare plants. Time: 3-4 hours.

Leader: Jane Tirrell (jgtirrell {AT} gmail {DOT} com).

Directions: From Interstate 210, take California State Route 39 to the Crystal Lake Recreation Area, about 25 miles above Azusa.  Drive past the Crystal Lake Cafe and the ranger station on the road with the center yellow lines to the point where the road is gated and park in the large area to the right.  The trailhead and primitive restrooms are across the road from the parking area.


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