Twin Peaks Trail

This is a highly rewarding trail for anyone interested in wildflowers. Great times to visit are May through June/July. This trail is especially attractive because it covers a range of elevations, starting from the parting lot at Three Points (on the Angeles Crest Highway) at around 6,000 feet and rising to around 8,000 feet. This range of elevations offers a great contrast in vegetation. If you plan to go all the way to Twin Peak and back, it takes all day, with little time to stop and meditate on the surroundings. However, it is adequate for the average fit person to walk for say a few hours in and then out again, in order to obtain a good indication of what this trail offers. It has plenty. For much of its length, it traverses the edge of the San Gabriel Wilderness. The views are excellent.

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A. In summer

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Twin Peaks in the distance

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California fuchsia (Epilobium canum)

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Interio bush lupine (Lupinus excubitus var. johnstonii)

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Big trees along the trail

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Grinnell's beadtongue (Penstemon grinnellii var. grinnellii)

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Sticky monkeyflower (Diplacus aurantiacus)

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Canyon liveforever (Dudleya cymosa subsp. pumila)

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Plain mariposa lily (Calochortus invenustus)

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Golden yarrow (Erioophyllum confertiflorum)

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General view to the southwest

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Snow plant (Sarcodes sanguinea)

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Chaparral yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei)

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Chaparral yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei)

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Granite prickly phlox (Linanthus pungens)

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Sacapellote (Acouirtia microcephala)

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B. In winter

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Mountain ridges in winter

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Snow on the remains of spring

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Snow on the trail

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Looking towards Twin Peaks

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Paw prints in the snow

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Chaparral yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei)

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Cedar tree in the snow

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Thanks to Jane Strong for assistance in identification of plants and flowers.

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