Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9:00 a.m.: Josephine Saddle via Josephine Fire Road: Although this walk could be considered as an excellent exhibit of nonnative plants, there is still a considerable diversity of native species, many of which will be flowering in May. The destination for this hike is a rock wall along the connector trail between the Josephine Fire Road and Josephine Saddle that is covered with Heuchera caespitosa (urn-flowered alum root). This species is ranked 4.3 on the CNPS list of rare and endangered species and is listed as a sensitive species by the Forest Service. The walk is about 2.8 miles from the Angeles Forest Highway trailhead to Josephine Saddle with about 1,080 feet elevation gain. Leader: Jane Tirrell
Directions: To get to the trailhead, go to the junction of the Angeles Crest Highway (California State Route 2) and the Angeles Forest Highway and park in the paved area on the west side of the Angeles Crest Highway. Restrooms and additional parking are available across the Angeles Crest Highway. An Adventure Pass is needed for parking. We’ll meet in the parking area; the trailhead is around the corner on the Angeles Forest Highway. Since there is very little shade along this route, we will start at 9:00 am. Bring lunch and plenty of water.