Poodle dog bush (Turricula parryi) is a "fire follower" and is found in abundance growing in recent burns. Touching it causes a long-lasting irritating rash.

COLORS OF THE SAN GABRIELS

Wildflower Locations in the San Gabriel Mountains

Wildflowers grow in open, exposed, and/or disturbed places. With time, perennial shrubs and trees gradually take over available space and light.

Poodle dog bush (Turricula parryi) is a "fire follower" and is found in abundance growing in recent burns. Touching it causes a long-lasting irritating rash.

1. Recent burns either controlled (prescribed) or wildfire for the "fire followers"

San Francisquito Canyon

San Gabriel Canyon, Curve Fire 2002; closed for rehabilitation, but some tours are offered

Glendora Ridge Road, Williams Fire 2002

Lightning Ridge

2. A water source: a seep, spring or snow melt gully

Springs: Mt. Baldy Road between the tunnels

Seeps: near Switzer Picnic Area and also Mt. Wilson Road just after the turn from Red Box

Snow melt gullies: Angeles Crest Highway, SR2, between Islip Saddle and Vincent Gulch Divide; burned September 200

3. A road scrape, scarifying some seeds, exposing others - most roads, especially at bends or where there are signs saying, “Watch out for falling rocks”

Turnouts like trailhead parking lots or vista points

Fire roads like Mt. Wilson Toll Road, Barrett-Stoddard Road or San Olene Fire Road

North of the tunnels on Mt. Baldy Road

4. A rock slide or talus slope (disturbed) or where a trail has been rebuilt

new landslides have been reported near Mt.Waterman, Big Rock Creek Road and Vincent Gap

Sam Merrill Trail - newly rebuilt

Icehouse Canyon Trail - newly rebuilt

San Antonio Falls Trail - many talus slopes and rock falls

5. A rock wall (undisturbed) where ledges are found; the cliff-hanging plants grow in the crevices or cracks in the rocks

Mt. Wilson Road

Glendora Ridge Road just west of Cow Canyon Saddle

Angeles Forest Highway south of the bridge over Mill Creek - not easily accessible but very visible

Angeles Crest Highway south of the Woodwardia Bridge

San Gabriel Canyon Road north of the East Fork turnoff and also south of the West Fork Bridge

6. Edges

Inside of trails where the rocky soil has slipped down the mountain

Inside of roads which get more water, sometimes a little gully, which collects water, forms between the road and the slope

Of habitats where two kinds meet, like the meadows and the forest at Buckhorn Campground

Of streams as they dry up like Eaton Canyon Wash where the trail crosses the bouldery, dry stream bed

If you know of additional places to find wildflowers in the San Gabriel Mountains, please let us know.

Related pages:

When to See Wildflowers in Southern California

Where for Find Wildflowers in the San Gabriel Mountains

Back Roads with Fall Foliage in October and November

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