Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9:00 a.m.: AT SHORT NOTICE: Pacfic Crest Trail near Cloudburst Summit/Buckhorn, Angeles National Forest: Our walk will start adjacent to Buckhorn Campground at approximately 6,300 feet to look for lemon lilies (Lillium parryi) and other summer blooming plants. Hopefully there may also be Dudley's triplet lily (Triteleia dudleyi) and canyon liveforever (Dudleya cymosa subsp. pumila). We plan to poke around both here and near Cloudburst Summit, driving between them. Total elevation gain for walking is 300-400 feet. Leaders: Fred Roberts (from CNPS San Diego Chapter) and Rebecca Latta. For questions, contact Rebecca: la(dot)chene(dot)amusant(at)gmail(dot)com or 626.272.8444.
The walk and associated driving between locations will take 4-6 hours, with walking pace approximately a mile and a half per hour. Bring lunch and plenty of water: no water available along the trail. The route has some shade, but is very sunny in some spots. Buckhorn Campground has vault toilets.
Directions: Meet 9:00 a.m. in the day-use parking area at Buckhorn, which is the trailhead for Burkhart Trail, a.k.a. High Desert Recreation Trail. From the 210 Freeway in La Cañada Flintridge, head northeast on Angeles Crest Highway (CA 2) for 35 miles. Buckhorn Campground is on the left just past the Mount Waterman Ski Area. Campground coordinates: 34.34333, -117.921196. Drive all the way through the campground to the other side to reach the day-use parking area. Adventure Pass required for parking at this location. (NOTE: If you park in the campground, you are required to pay the camping fee.) The drive will take approximately an hour from La Cañada Flintridge.