California Native Plant Society
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

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, 720 x 480 pixels.

Barrett-Stoddard Road

Pine goldenbush (Ericameria pinifolia)

Scale broom (Lepidospartum squamatum)

Longstem buckwheat (Eriogonum elongatum)

California buckwheat (Eriogonum

California aster (Corethrogyne filaginifolia)

“The Grand Canyon” on San Antonio Creek

Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus ssp. consimilis)

Twiggy wreathplant (Stephanomeria virgata)

Birdsfoot fern
(Pellaea mucronata)

Hollyleaf redberry (Rhamnus ilicifolia)

Bird's beak
(Corylanthus sp.)

California brickellbush (Brickellia californica)

Golden aster (Heterotheca sessiliflora)

Dudleya sp. (live forever) - Left: This year's flower stem with seed casings; Right: New leaves from first winter rains in early October

Bush senecio
(Senecio flaccidus var. douglasii)

Canyon live oak (Quercus chrysolepis)

Hydro power station

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All images © 2011-2018 Graham Bothwell

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