Barrett-Stoddard Road

Barrett-Stoddard Road is a gravel road through private property that branches off Mt. Baldy Road a few miles before Mt. Baldy Village. It's a delightful destination for an easy walk along the road to see spring wildflowers although to date we don't have spring photos for this gallery page. However, numerous items of interest are present at other times of the year, especially autumn. While fall colors are always an attraction, they aren't spectacular every year in these parts, but there are other attractions such as plants that flower only at this time of the year, plants with seeds and fruits, and the general geographic features of the area. The photos below include a selection of all of these.

Barrett-Stoddard Road provides a glimpse of the very narrow although small gorge of San Antonio Creek, which some locals affectionately refer to as the Grand Canyon of San Antonio. Right near the start of Barrett-Stoddard Road is a small building that houses one of three hydro power stations in San Antonio Canyon, dating from 1892.

The following panel of autumn photos is from late October 2011. Click on the thumbnails to see higher-resolution images.

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Going along the road

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Pine bush (Ericameria pinifolia)

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Pine bush (Ericameria pinifolia)

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Scale broom (Lepidospartum squamatum)

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Longstem wild buckwheat (Eriogonum elongatum var. elongatum)

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California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum)

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California sand aster (Corethrogyne filaginifolia)

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The "Grand Canyon" of San Antonio Creek

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Great Basin rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa var. oreophila)

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Twiggy wreathplant (Stephanomeria virgata)

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Bird's foot fern (Pellaea mucronata)

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Hollyleaf redberry (Rhamnus ilicifolia)

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Bird's beak (Cordylanthus sp.)

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California brickellbush (Brickellia californica)

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Golden aster (Heterotheca sessiliflora)

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Live forever (Dudleya sp.)

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Live forever (Dudleya sp.)

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Bush groundsel (Senecio flaccidus var. douglasii)

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Canyon live oak (Quercus chrysolepis)

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Hydro power station

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT

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

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